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January 1, 2013 // 9:32 pm - Following up on the previous update, today Max Louarn and Paul Owen's product marketeer Gary Wayne Bowser (aka GaryOPA) has made available a 3K3y demonstration video with details below.

Download: PS3 3K3y Keydumper v1.00 for PS3 3.55 CFW / PS3 3K3y Keydumper v1.00 Resigned for PS3 4.31 CFW by jarmster (Note: Leave a USB stick installed when you run the app, it puts a 1kb file called 3dump.bin on the stick containing the decrypted drive keys. Run the app, triple beep + red flashing led... power down with front button = no good but it dumps the key. To get your root_key you must go back to 3.55, funny fact... when using the 3k3y dumper on 3.55 it includes the eid_root_key. ) / 3k3y Ripp3r v1.01 Setup and User Guide / 3K3y Dumper for 4.XX CFW / 3K3y Rootkey Dumper for 4.XX CFW by haz367 / 3K3Y_IRD_files_2013-03-15.rar by 3Key

3k3y Ripp3r v1.01 Setup and User Guide: Windows software for ripping/decrypting/reencrypting PS3 disks. The user manual is included in the archive.

Changelog [2013-02-01]:

  • Fixed a bug that affected encryption/decryption of very large files.

From zecoxao: I bet people didn't even touch the implementation of libeeid that naehrwert left us, and then these guys come, use flat_z's code to get the eid_root_key on hackables, and grab the necessary part of the code from libeeid to generate the eid4_key from it and decrypt the eid4. Bunch of freaking losers.

People, if you're that desperate to get the drive key (which is in eid4) just memdump eEID, get your eid_root_key with flatz's package and use my program which is adapted from naehrwert's code. you can even see for yourselves what's happening in the code. Don't forget to rename the eEID you get from your console's NOR/NAND to eid (without an extension) and place it on eid folder. same as key and iv (split them up with a hex editor).

You can then try that program and compare your decrypted eid4 with the pkg's dump, and realize it's the same crap.

Here we can see the keys used by the ripper (taken from: ps3devwiki.com/wiki/BD_Drive_Reverse_Engineering#Program and ps3devwiki.com/wiki/BD_Drive_Reverse_Engineering#Information_about_EID4):

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The keys are in eid4, and yes, we DO need to decrypt it, or else Sony would be the biggest bunch of retards.. the eid4 key is used to verify the cmac hash of the first 0x20 bytes. Naehrwert's code seems to prove this:

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omac1 basically spits out the digest of the secure communication channel keys. if you compare the digest with the last 16 bytes of eid4, it should match

Corrected some info. and apparently i was mistaken when i thought that 3Dump.bin contained the eid4 ENcrypted. it contains in fact eid4 DEcrypted. You still need to auth with the bd drive. that's the part Cobra/E3 figured out. we can do this normally with hacked consoles, but not with unhacked consoles.

So the ODE dumper package dumps the DEcrypted eid4, correct? now i understand. i was confused because i thought you said the eid4 ENcrypted was the same as 3Dump.bin.

3K3y Key Dumper

Here is the Key dumping Application to on a Ps3 with CFW. This will only work for Fat consoles. You must have a FAT32 USb stick in the first port on your PS3, it will generate a file called 3Dump.bin This is what goes on your micro sd card, or loaded into the Ripper application.

Please note you need Peek and Poke enabled in your CFW to run this app, this is usually enabled by default. Cobra CFW doesn't allow you to run this file so you will need to flash to something else if you are on this.

From jarmster: The eid4 from running libeeid is a decrypted dump. The 3dump.bin is exactly the same. The eEID_Dumper.pkg dumps the encrypted eid4. And from the wiki: EID4 is of size 0x30 bytes: 0x0-0xf bytes = 1st key, 0x10-0x1f - 2nd key, 0x20-0x2f - CMAC-OMAC1 of EID4.

From haz367:

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should be different.. correct..?

From zadow28 on the 3K3y PKG file: pastebin.com/79V2KdTK

I'm not into VS very much, maybe the devs can have an look. It's the visual source/assembly code for the x3key ps3 software for pc. got there keys and even shows there iso disc codes, plus a lot more. I'm not an visual expert, so maybe there are some visual experts here. shows how the x3key acts like an Bulk. etc

The iso for x3key are crypted, so they only play with there tool.. the source for encrypting the iso are in there too.

From Abkarino (via Zadow28) comes the 3K3y Ripper (PC Software) hacked source code recovered, as follows:

You could build your own hardware interface to connect PS3 BD-ROM Drive to your PC to rip your games. The 3K3y special hardware is in only a cheap PATA To USB converter board with some modifications, and you can do it yourself. Also you could directly connect your PS3 Drive to your PC by soldering it to PATA bus a.k.a IDE cable and modify the power socket only. You can use the old leaked BD-ROM drive service manual for pinout (ps3devwiki.com/wiki/ODE).

Download: 3K3y Ripper (PC Software) Binary and Source (Password: Abkarino) / 3K3y Ripper (PC Software) Binary and Source (Mirror: Password Removed)

This is a quick and dirty release for 3K3Y Ripper application including the full recovered source code. So you can build/modify your own version. All you will need is: .Net Framework Runtime v4.0

Message to 3K3Y Team: Do not stole glevand's work again Also do not forget to protect you applications using a good .Net protector like .Net Reactor to prevent me or any body else from recovering your codes. Hope that will help someone to do something useful in the future.

Regards.
Abkarino (Mohammed Hassan)

To quote: Click the above-picture (HERE) to see a close-up view of the actual 3k3y BETA PCBoard, (the case on the PHAT PS3 used for demo, does not need to be cut-away, that was done on purpose for the video shown below), and the small black box to left is the usb hdd port, power and 3k3y LCD screen interface to select the PS3 ISO on your external USB HDD similar in style to their famous original X360key ODD emulator.

Now sit back and enjoy the video (download it HERE) made by our Anonymous 3k3y Beta Tester (BTW, Many Thanks Whomever You Are!), as you nurse your video gaming body back into action from all those Happy New Year parties last night!






Below are a few more 3K3y videos / mirrors for those interested as well, from their page:

2013-01-03: 2 new 3k3y videos

As we are very close to shipping we decided to release 2 more product videos. We aim to have one of these great devices in your PS3 by the end of the month!






3k3y is the state of the art of PS3 drive emulation from the defacto leaders in drive emulation.

Feature List

  • Play all PS3 games
  • Play all PS2/PS1 games*+
  • Plug n play installation
  • Compatible with all currently available OFW/CFW versions
  • Original 3k3y app for extracting drive key**
  • User friendly OSD interface for managing your 3k3y
  • Optional remote (compatible with Xk3y remote)
  • Powerful embedded Linux platform
  • Supports most popular file systems such as EXT2.3.4, Mac OS X and NTFS
  • Emulation and transparent passthrough modes
  • Both CPU and FPGA are fully in-system updatable
  • Sleek and beautiful Wifi interface***
  • Movie ISO playback+
  • Not manufactured in China****

* Requires compatible PS3.
** Currently fw =< 3.55 is required for extracting the drive key. After this the FW can be upgraded freely. This holds true for all ODEs, see below for more details
*** Requires Wifi dongle sold separately
**** That's why we can deliver despite CNY + This feature will be added in an upcoming firmware

Pricing

Quantity 3k3y+Ripper 3k3y only Ripper Only Wifi dongle Remote

  • 1k and up USD63 USD52 USD13 USD10 USD20
  • 500pcs USD67 USD55 USD15 USD10 USD22
  • 250pcs USD70 USD60 USD15 USD12 USD25
  • 100pcs USD75 USD65 USD16 USD14 USD27

Retail Price: US $129.00 ( Ripoff Markup! )

  • PS3 3K3y (3Key) stock available now
  • 3K3y Fat Model version release on 2013-02-08 . Slim version will release soon
  • 3K3y PCB Kit
  • 3K3y Remote (optional)
  • 3K3y Ripper PCB (optional)

Products developed by our team members, such as Xk3y, Wode, and Wiikey Fusion have outsold products in direct competition by a factor. The same thing goes for many of our other products such as Qoob and Wiikey.

The question many people are asking about it compatibility with various firmwares and PS3 models. Let us state the facts here, which are true for 3k3y as well as any other PS3 ODE:

Key extraction

Currently a firmware <= 3.55 is required for drive key extraction. We are very close to completing a relatively user friendly hardware method for extracting keys from PS3's on any firmware. Until we have it working in a commercial environment we will not promote this as a feature, even though it is very likely to happen in the immediate future.

As of now there are no PS3 ODEs that works with a PS3 that cannot be put on 3.55 firmware for key dumping. Period.

Compatible models

3k3y was developed for the fat ps3, which is supported out of the box. Now when the hardware is finished we will start working on adapter boards for the Slim models which do not have the drive controller integrated on the motherboard.

Once that is done we will look into whether is it possible to make an adapter board for the Slims with integrated controller that can be installed with a reasonable effort.

Super Slim

Due to the size constraints and different interface (SATA instead of PATA) we have developed a super small hardware especially for the Super Slim model. Final testing and release will commence once we have hardware key extraction working.

ISO file format

3k3y, as well as any other sane ODE uses a full ISO file. Scene releases were in this format up until the jailbreak dongle came along. Currently it is more popular to release the decrypted file system, as it may be smaller than a full ISO.

However, decrypted file system backups lacks essential data necessary to emulate the disk properly and are very easy for Sony to detect on PSN. In fact Sony has made a public statement warning PSN users about this. We are currently looking into the possibility of creating software to recreate the ISO from decrypted dumps, but this is WIP.

Game Ripping

This is an essential feature as the full ISO is needed. We have high speed hardware that connects to Mac or PC and dumps a full size ISO in no time. Its right here and now.

An upcoming firmware for 3k3y will include in-system disk ripping, but disk ripping with 3k3y or any other ODE will be extremely slow compared to using our dedicated hardware.

To avoid delays and missing out on sales please contact us ASAP. Both 3k3y and Xk3y are time consuming and labor intensive to manufacture. We need timely forecasts to avoid disappointments.

Additionally, the first 3K3y ODE iSO release appears to have surfaced under the name PlayStation.All-Stars.Battle.Royale.READNFO.ISO.PS3-TL with details below from the PS3 NFO file:

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From CaptainCPS-X: Size difference between old ISOs and new ISOs - From my experience coding my personal (unreleased) disc reading library for Windows, from what I understand, I will assume that the size difference its because the ISO is not really created following the ISO9660/MODE1/2048 (+UDF/Joliet/...) standard, but probably created as ISO9660/MODE1/2352 (+UDF/Joliet/...) or BIN (binary). So each sector will have 'synchronization data', and 'Error Check Data', found on Discs to allow recovery / re-creation of sector data in case of Disc Surface damages and such.

Such 'extra' data located on ISO/MODE1/2352 BIN (binary) disc images is not so evident on regular old school CD (700mb) images, size of the ISO/MODE1/2048 version of it will always be less. I bet they didn't even include a .CUE file as well, since they are "probably" not following any standard.

Anyway, ISO9660 disc images in binary form should always be named .BIN and include a .CUE file. There is a probability that I am wrong, maybe it is some kind of new ISO that doesn't follow any Standards (I really doubt it ), but I will try to acquire the released "ISO" to verify it myself. I hope that if my theory is right, these release groups choose to release future disc images as BIN/CUE, just to avoid any confusion with already circulating ISOs.

Reason to Release new "ISO"s - I doubt that the reason of releasing such "ISO"s is because Sony could detect regular ISO/MODE1/2048 (LOL ). The Cobra Optic Drive Emulator, was probably designed to read data as the real BD-Drive reads it, so when it cannot find the original 'synchronization data', 'header', 'error check data', etc... it will most probably give read error.

Just to confirm my point, I made a custom disc image following ISO9660/MODE1/2352 standard of "BCES01435-[PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale]", and the resulting size is 6.75 GB, very similar indeed to the one released by "TL" group. If I made the custom disc image as ISO9660/MODE1/2048 then the resulting size would be approx. 5.84 GB.

I just need to acquire one piece of the release made by "TL" and I will be able to confirm if the ISO is a BIN named and published incorrectly without proper CUE. The difference between their size is approx. 13.48% [ ((6.75 - 5.84) / 6.75) * 100 ]. So if this difference rate is same in all PS3 disc images ripped as ISO/MODE1/2352, then a 40 GB game would have approx. 5.39 GB more when saved as BIN/CUE. SeeYa!

Still can't get too excited at tearing apart a PS3 console, soldering tiny wires inside and requiring additional hardware to play PS3 games with the advent of PlayStation 3 Custom Firmware a few years ago though.

From zadow28 on the 3K3y PKG file: pastebin.com/79V2KdTK

I'm not into VS very much, maybe the devs can have an look. It's the visual source/assembly code for the x3key ps3 software for pc. got there keys and even shows there iso disc codes, plus a lot more. I'm not an visual expert, so maybe there are some visual experts here. shows how the x3key acts like an Bulk etc.

Finally, HERE is a 3K3y PS3Dec (alternative encryptor/decryptor) from bubba (aka red_meryl) for those interested!

From 3Key: 3k3y IRD files 2013-03-15 is a collection of IRD (Iso Rebuild Data) files for 3k3y. Use them to convert PSJB game dumps to full PS3 ISO.


Video: PS3 3Key Optical Blue-ray Drive Emulator Demo Arrives

Video: PS3 3Key Optical Blue-ray Drive Emulator Demo Arrives

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#35 - PS4 News - October 10, 2012 // 2:28 am
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Following up on the previous Blu-ray drive emulation rumor, today modrobert has announced that 3K3y, a PS3Key (ODD) - essentially an XKey for PS3 - is incoming shortly with some preliminary details outlined below.

Still can't get too excited at requiring additional hardware to play PS3 games with the advent of PlayStation 3 Custom Firmware a few years ago though.

To quote from EurAsia (linked above): I just got word from a well known team that will make PS3 owners happy!

Watching the video and drooling!! With those few words I hope to keep you interested...

Below is a picture (via facebook.com/x360key) as well.

More info while waiting for the video: In order to retrieve the needed BD drive key, Team 3k3y (aka xk3y) will release a PS3 software tool which requires CFW 3.55, after the key is dumped the PS3 can be upgraded to latest official system update (firmware/XMB) to get PSN etc.

The team is exploring other options to dump the required key as well, more on that later.

I'm relatively sure it does support original discs as well, but will confirm it anyway. Pretty much same functionality as xkey.

For now, any PS3 model that can be downgraded to CFW 3.55 will be supported, this is only to retrieve the Blu-ray drive key, after that you can update as you want.

The 3k3y Team is researching other options to dump the required key as well, more on that later. For now you have to downgrade to (or be on) CFW 3.55 in order to get the unique BD drive key required by 3k3y, once you have the key the PS3 can be updated anyway you want, doesn't matter for 3key.

General tech info about 3k3y which is true for xkey as well:

The 3k3y hardware device is an advanced Optical Disc Drive (ODD) emulator, it does not rely on any software based hacks to operate (once the drive key is known).

The device is connected on the SATA (PATA) bus in the PS3, like this; cable from PS3 goes into 3key, cable to BD drive goes out from 3k3y, in other words 3k3y physically sits between the drive and the PS3 mainboard and offers USB 2.0 port to connect hard drive(s). Games residing on the connected hard drive(s) can be selected using a small remote display with buttons (as seen in the photo linked a few posts up reading "PS3" in white characters on the display).

For the PS3 this device appears as a legit BD drive, and replies to any ATA protocol requests/commands the same way the original drive does. The BD drive key which is unique in each PS3 makes it possible for 3k3y to decrypt/encrypt data on the fly and redirect SATA traffic originally on disc media from the hard drive connected via USB 2.0 instead. No original Blu-ray disc needs to be inserted for operation, you can use this without any disc in the drive.

Again, this makes it possible to use any official firmware (XMB) version you want after installation (and key retrieval). No need for software hacks like CFW or DEX to make this work at all. If the original game requires firmware (XMB) 4.25, then go ahead and update, just like you would if the system was completely original (virgin).

I hope this clears up any misunderstandings what 3k3y does, or what it requires.

If the CFW you use can load games on Blu-Ray from the BD drive today, then it will be able to do that from hard drive with 3k3y installed as well.

However, to my knowledge the Blu-ray Disc (BD) drive is not used with CFW, original game disc can be mounted for compatibility, but games are actually loaded from a hard drive connected to the USB port on PS3 or from the internal hard drive.

Simply put, whatever fails with the installed CFW will fail with 3key as well. That's the reason it is kind of pointless to use 3k3y with CFW, but makes a lot of sense to use OFW.

In summary:

  • The team for now is only releasing one picture regarding 3K3Y, but are hoping for an end of the year release.
  • It is full hardware interface, not a dongle, but currently you need CFW v3.55 to dump the BD drive key, after that you can update.
  • It will be complete ODD Blu-ray emulator, allowing even the feature to rip your original PS3 game discs to your external HDD.
  • Due to the nature of design, you will be required to open your PS3 to install it, but NO SOLDERING is needed.
  • More info will be release later, but for now any more pictures and videos are PRIVATE and been shown only to trusted long-time resellers.
  • In order to retrieve the needed BD drive key, Team 3k3y (aka xk3y) will release a PS3 util which requires CFW 3.55, after the key is dumped the PS3 can be upgraded to latest official system update (firmware/XMB) to get PSN etc. The team is exploring other options to dump the required key as well, more on that later.

Update: Below is a minor timeline update, as follows:

[21/10/12] 3k3y key dumper app! (pictured below)

Finally from bubba: You will need do some soldering with this ODE... If You want to get the keys from 4.31. SATA bus level For 25xx and newer models will need to be solder and to get the keys and play backups.

More PlayStation 3 News...

#34 - semitope - April 28, 2012 // 6:46 pm
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those are concept pictures...

#33 - thoroide - April 28, 2012 // 6:33 pm
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It is 100% fake, in the picture you can see a simple SATA to PATA converter. Has no sense for this project use a PATA HD. Also the a small single chip as in the picture is too small for emulate completely a BD subsystem, at least we need a external RAM and FLASH to be done.

In any case in theory this solution, as the WODE DVD emulation will be possible, but it need that the protection system will be emulate too. Due the protection system is not known, is not possible to create an emulator that emulate BD with protection subsystem. Need more road...

#32 - Tepoo - April 28, 2012 // 3:55 pm
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prohpet, atm its the only shown hope for people who wants to play there games from hdd. i am waiting since months for a cfw, or other things to play my games from a hdd.

if this is real, and will lead to the point that i can place all my games on a hdd. i will use it. if there will be a custom firmware faster then this, i will check it and use it.

whatever comes first, to solve my problems, i will use it. but for real, many people saying many things, and you are a person who is legit to his words. but i don't see much from you all. but these china dudes, are crazy, many things like this dongle and so one, are coming from these freaks. so my opinion about it, is "this is real, no fake".

#31 - kanketsu - April 28, 2012 // 12:54 pm
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cfwprophet How's the pace in the underground right now? I'm curious since in public side, there is almost nothing to tell if there is good progress, no progress, or maybe dead ends. Just wondering if I should expect Liberation Day to happen sometime before ... this Christmas? ^^

#30 - cfwprophet - April 28, 2012 // 11:21 am
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No Hacking and No CFW needed, emulation is the future ? Yea but just for pirating games. No benefit of homebrew or something like that. And by the way bootloader exploit is already in work same as now some dev's asked team ac1d to hold back the cex2dex tool. Anyway so we have more time to work on other things and the scene is finally again working together, even if it is underground and not in public but real good and great things will be coming this year. Till this bd emu chip is out it will be overpriced crap.

#29 - saviour07 - April 28, 2012 // 8:20 am
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No problem Yeah I wonder when we will know more too? As niwakun already mentioned, the BD drive has updatable FW and so I also wonder how this board would handle that (if it does handle it at all!).

One thing that I find interesting is that they say they wanted to keep this project quiet because Sony can't patch it and so the legal team would "be all over it" once it is released... sooooo why keep it quiet in the first place? I'm only asking because Sony's legal team having prior knowledge to it's existence wouldn't make that much of an impact unless they know exactly where it will eventually be produced or sold.

They would still have to take the same steps necessary to prevent the sale of it after it is released irrespective of prior knowledge so I don't see a problem with more info being released about it's functionality and pricing etc. (Just not info about the associated manufacturer or retailers!)

#28 - elser1 - April 28, 2012 // 4:30 am
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thanks for that was wondering what it meant.. wonder when we will know more?

#27 - moja - April 27, 2012 // 10:33 pm
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If this turned out to be true, my disdain for the scene would return to delight. Perhaps now is a better time with the PS4 entering development - maybe Sony is concentrating elsewhere now?

Bah, probably not. With the business rumors of Sony being in a bit of turmoil, they'll try to squash this one too. Hope it comes out.

#26 - fernan1234 - April 27, 2012 // 9:37 pm
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This will be huge if it turns out to be real.