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December 18, 2012 // 6:00 am - Following up on the PS3UserCheat and True Blue unnecessary DRM-infected dongles being hacked alongside zadow28's work, today PlayStation 3 developer oct0xor shared a video of his OpenCobra Payload which aims to render the current Cobra USB dongle from Max Louarn useless.

Below are the details from his blog, as follows: "First I am going to say that this is not going to be an article, just a first blog post and some info about my recent project.

Finally I got my hands on cobra it was quite a lot of time since I touched this last time. There was s good things happened since then eg. I reverse engineered usercheat and true blue, had done a lot ps3 and not ps3 related hacking. There was a bad things eg. BlueDiskCFW, lv0 leak, a lot of devs leave the scene...

Cobra was for me really "the last" thing I have to do.

The last time when I worked on this I didnt had a dongle, and all what I had was a dump by JaiCraB. I reverse engineered it as much as possible, figure out almost all tricks, encrypton and etc. And figuare out that it reads a lot of data from dongle, and I cant do much without dongle itself. Thats why I put this project to the back burner.

Well... I had never buyed anyone dongle, and I never was not going to. All my dongles was donated (thanks again ) but not that time.

it was hard for me to make this decision but a few days ago cobra finally shipped to me...

3 days and now its all over.

Security is good enough, but not without big security risks. But it still the best crypto/obfuscation what I had seen on ps3. Sony have something to learn from this guys, especially now.

Cobra / True Blue almost identical, have the same source code, if you ever hacked 1 thing, 2nd wouldnt be a problem. The main functionality, honestly, not changed since original jb. Thats a shame. Thats why I cracking them like nuts

On the fourth day I taked a decision to make my own "OpenCobra" payload. only clean code without drm and garbage, to be able to port it to any new firmware, and change/add features. It taked 2 days, 3000 lines of asm, and you had seen the result.

Atm it based on 4.1 payload, plans for future is check/add new features from 4.4/5.0. Port to a new firmware (if cobra will not do this for me), and realize all nice innovations from new version of psp emu, such as better emu accuracy, 3D and etc...

In video you had seen Payload Loader. Thats the all code it has:

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This tag related patches handled by mngr. So far I want to move it in payload. First I have to check how it handled in 4.4 / 5.0

Not sure yet when it will be released, if it will be, but we will see.


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If this subject will be interested for people, maybe I will write a full article about True Blue / Cobra analysis and hacking.

btw: Me and ~ some psp mysterious dark figure ~ reverse engineered algo for generating valid psp isos back to jule. But saves and a lot of games dont work without patching. So cobra's patched emu much better there imho."

Below are some additional pics from his blog which simply states: Usercheat + Cobra = <3

From flat_z: Here is some explanations to make things more clearer. If you read my twit about ps2_netemu you can see that I reverse-engineered it. It includes almost all things which are required to make custom disc images of original PS2 discs and run them on the PS3 if everything will works fine. So it can lead us to the process of remastering PS2 discs which includes making of ISO.BIN.ENC (the encrypted version of original image which can be read by the PS3), creation and encryption of .VME files (virtual memory cards), ISO.BIN.EDAT (includes the title ID of disc).

The only thing which is not currently known is the format of decrypted CONFIG file (I can decrypt the file and encrypt it back but it have a complex format). It is optional and can be empty but I'm afraid that some games requires it to run on the PS3. My plan was the creation of PS2 remastering tool and I wanted to share it. Although I even not sure will it work or no but there are many chances that it will.

But something happened before I started to do it. My HDD on the laptop died and I have all information regarding PS3 on it. Although I was able to restore some important files but not all. So I need a time to buy components for a new computer and build it. For the same reason, I have a delay on my real job (I'm working as a free-lancer) so I will going to do my job before I start to do something new for PS3.

P.S. I see many questions about compatibility. You don't need a backward compatible PS3 console to run PS2 games through ps2_netemu because it is software emulator and doesn't require any PS2 hardware components. Also I think that ps2_netemu is more better and stable than ps2_softemu but this statement requires testing.

Finally, from naehrwert (via comes some related Cobra ODE EID0 information (ECDSA from , as follows:

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While this is definitely interesting news, odds are it's just a ploy for the Cobra Team to release a new dongle that will be 'required' for their upcoming PS3 4.3x CFW unfortunately or the PS3 ODE in order to further line their pockets with PlayStation 3 sceners' hard-earned cash once again... as always, time will tell for sure.

Video: OpenCobra Cobra USB Dongle PS3 Payload by Oct0xor Demo

Video: OpenCobra Cobra USB Dongle PS3 Payload by Oct0xor Demo

Video: OpenCobra Cobra USB Dongle PS3 Payload by Oct0xor Demo

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#84 - PS4 News - November 26, 2011 // 9:07 pm
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I know a month or so back Tortuga-Cove announced a Cobra dongle giveaway ( so it appears they are on good terms with the Cobra Team, meaning I don't think Cobra would do anything to upset the developers there.

That said, I too think until deank actually comments on the multiMAN Cobra version the jury is out on it. If Cobra did it on their own using the multiMAN source code and deank doesn't mind (assuming the multiMAN license allows for commercial use, etc) then all could go on as normal.

Perhaps condorstrike can give us some inside scoop if he's around.

#83 - HeyManHRU - November 26, 2011 // 8:59 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by spunkybunny View Post
By looking at the update list does it mean you can play PS2 games on the PS3 slim?

I'm thinking of getting either the True Blue or the Cobra dongles. If the Cobra can play PSP and PS2 games on a slim then I'll get that one.

I'd get the Cobra USB if it implements the TB dongle in it.

From the boss's post:

[eussNL] so if it supports the replaced sub_28fe30 and new section 0x80000000007f0000 that Cobra uses, it means Trueblue support is around the corner...
[flash67] exactly

#82 - alwayshungry - November 26, 2011 // 8:57 pm
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Guys i posted before thinking earlier. Sorry dean. We don't know the whole story lets hear from dean before the hate starts.

#81 - spunkybunny - November 26, 2011 // 8:55 pm
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By looking at the update list does it mean you can play PS2 games on the PS3 slim?

I'm thinking of getting either the True Blue or the Cobra dongles. If the Cobra can play PSP and PS2 games on a slim then I'll get that one.

#80 - pr0p0sitionJOE - November 26, 2011 // 8:46 pm
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I also cannot believe that deank left (free) ps3 scene. His multiman was - still is a masterpiece. Shame he didn't include ps2 support like cobra has, or continue working on TB payload in multiman. Other than that, I too wish him all the best. He really gave us a lot, but didn't ask for anything. Maybe will deank remember us - multiman users from time to time.

#79 - alwayshungry - November 26, 2011 // 8:45 pm
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Those fooked dongle. Another great dev gone to the dark side. Again freaking dongles! Now i'm officially pissed off. Nice job deanr.

#78 - mod632 - November 26, 2011 // 8:23 pm
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well he knows what is best for him, but with TB and Cobra *you need to pay to play what should be free anyway* i would not be suprised with his decision.

#77 - PS4 News - November 26, 2011 // 8:13 pm
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Some people on IRC are speculating that he won't keep updating the free (no dongle) multiMAN, but others say he will and it may just be a Cobra fork in the multiMAN source code:

I guess time will tell for sure... here is to hoping he continues to keep the PS3 homebrew scene free and open-source though.

#76 - mod632 - November 26, 2011 // 8:03 pm
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wtf is this??? I can't believe we lost great person in ps3 homebrew scene, so what is next? no more updates for non cobra users? man this sucks...

Still i have high respect for Deank as many others, all best Deank and thx for all

#75 - PS4 News - November 26, 2011 // 7:49 pm
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Let's just hope with the Cobra financial assets don't come their liabilities for deank... Max Louarn of Cobra, aka MAXiMiLiEN of Paradox and owner of Divineo, Supreme Factory and Max Console that scammer ( Gary Wayne Bowser aka GaryOPA currently runs was involved in some nasty schemes before, for example:

In what is the biggest single case of telephone calling-card theft, an employee of MCI Communications was charged last week with stealing some 60,000 card numbers from MCI and other long-distance companies that were subsequently used to make at least $50 million worth of long-distance calls, according to the Secret Service, the Federal agency that investigates interstate telephone fraud.

Supreme Factory / Divineo was also raided not long ago with Max Louarn named in the legal action initiated by Nintendo, and before that he was busted after a federal court judge found that they had violated the DMCA by selling mod-chips for consoles.

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