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March 25, 2012 // 12:32 am - Following up on his PS Vita VHBL Motorstorm Arctic Edge release, this weekend PS Vita and PSP hacker wololo has revealed that Everybody's Tennis (known as Hot Shots Tennis in the US and Minna no Tennis in Japan) contains a vulnerability that could lead to the execution of external code and has since been removed from PSN by Sony.

Download: PS Vita Half-Byte Loader (VHBL) Tennis (JP/EU/US) Yosh / PS Vita Half-Byte Loader (VHBL) Tennis (HK) Yosh / VHBL r137 Tennis EU Yosh v2

To quote from his blog (linked above) as follows: Dear Sony, it has come to my attention that one of the PSP games available on the PlayStation Vita has a vulnerability that could lead to the execution of external code by some malicious users. Therefore I am writing this blog post so that you can patch the game or remove it from the PSN store as soon as possible.

Preferably, I suggest you take the money from your clients first, and prevent them from downloading the game afterwards, just like you did with Motorstorm Arctic Edge, 3 weeks ago. This way it will be a win-win situation for you, and you can always blame it on the hackers later on.

As a matter of fact, I have discovered that some "hackers" (I prefer to call them terrorists) have already prepared a tool which, using this vulnerability, could allow people to run software that would be extremely dangerous for your business, such as 20 year-old 8 bit games and 154 different versions of pong.

I think this puts your business at risk, and I've tried to stop those vilains by all means necessary, but sadly it seems they are not breaking any law. Hopefully, giving you the name of the game will help you to take some efficient action.

Those people are clearly wrong in their mind to try to play crappy open source software, when they could enjoy a great game such as Ridge Racer for less than 10$ a track, (which is clearly not a ripoff compared to the price one would have to pay in the real world to drive cars that completely defy the laws of physics. Although on that subject I woud like if you could help me, as my version of the game seems to be blocked in "demo mode" for some reason. All the 5 cars have exactly the same specs, so surely there's something I've done wrong somewhere.)

I digress. The name of the game is Everybody's Tennis. It is also known as Minna no tennis in Japan. Thankfully the game is not available on the US Vita store, so this should limit the problems on your end. I heard however that these hackers have prepared a US version of the hack just in case that version is being sold somewhere such as the HK store. I also heard people can buy the UK version from the US if they buy some PSN cards from resellers on ebay and other sites.

If I may give some advice, I think this is not secure enough. True, you did a good job in preventing people from buying games outside of the country they live in (and being a French living in Japan, I can't tell you how much I appreciate the fact that I can't buy any game on the French PSN, this is exactly how globalization should work, and it helps me sparing lots of money by not buying any game), but I think in order to avoid future hacks, you should simply prevent everyone from buying games on the PSN, which will guarantee you a complete control of the market.

The hackers also announced they would release their hack a few hours or days after they announce the name of the game being used. They claim this only allows people to run "homebrew" games and that in no way it allows people to play pirated PSP or vita games, but I think this is not an excuse to hack.

I realize it is saturday evening for your teams in Europe, and Sunday morning in Japan. I hope you will not have to wake some people in the middle of the night just to take action, I would have chosen a better time, but I myself have very little time to blog outside of weekends.

Hoping that working together we will be able to stop hackers. I seem to be one of the few people on Earth who understand that the real enemies of the Vita are not your poor marketing techniques, the terrible software such as the "back to the 90′s" netfront browser, the bad launch lineup, the delays on the playstation suite, the recent downgrade from 5 to 2 allowed copies of any given psn game, and the increasing competition of smartphones that all have better CPUs than the Vita. No, the real enemies are those people playing Lamecraft, who are clearly killing the videogame market, so let's destroy them together.

Please pay extra attention to the dev known as wth, who apparently is behind this whole thing, as well as Teck4 who apparently helped him for the Japanese version of the hack. I also heard that somes guys named mamosuke and msparky83 were involved in the testing. It would be good if you have a way to maybe track these guys' phones or something. Or maybe you can simply sue them, I heard it's something you do very well.

Yours truly, W. Ololo

Update: Following our discovery yesterday that the Honk Kong version of Everybody's Tennis was different from the 3 other ones, wth got to work and adapted VHBL to this version. I haven't tested this, but hopefully people who bought the HK version of Everybody's Tennis can confirm if it works.

WTH also hinted to me that he might be able to get rid of the current limitation on the European version of the exploit, in which people have to switch the language of their console to French before running VHBL. Stay tuned.

Thanks to the great work of wth, here is the long awaited second release of VHBL. Those of you who missed the Motorstorm exploit probably had a chance to grab a copy of Everybody's Tennis before Sony pulled it (let's be happy, they gave us a bit more than 30 hours this time, last time was 8 hours). If not, well stay tuned, there are still other PSP user exploits lying around, and I'm sure something will come eventually.

But let's get to the real subject here, this new release of VHBL. Sadly, I didn't test it myself on my Vita, only on a PSP, so here's to hope everything will go well. The full port has been done by wth (a.k.a. Yosh), with some help from Teck4 (JP exploit), and msparky83 and mamosuke (testing). I wasn't involved in this port, so all credit goes to these guys. I want to thank as usual all the developers behind HBL, who made it relatively easy to port, in particular m0skit0 and JJS. Yosh also adds special thanks to dridri85, Zer01ne, Truthkey, and other devs who kept this a secret while it was being developed. From the readme:

  • HBL port to the EU/US/JP versions of the exploit by Yosh
  • EU/US Exploit by Yosh, JP Exploit by teck4, discovered by Yosh
  • wololo for the help

Thanks go to:

  • All the devs who made HBL what it is today, in particular m0skit0 and JJS
  • dridri85, Zer01ne, Truthkey and all the other devs who kept the secret, that's much appreciated guys
  • Monsieur2T2R for the cool VHBL icons/wallpapers

Apologies to all the people who bought the Everybody's Tennis game from the HK store, it turns out that version is a 4th version of the game for which no exploit was prepared yet.

The HK version of the game is difficult to find, so if you happen to own that game on your PSP and are a bit technical savvy, you might want to give it a try and port VHBL to it. I'm convinced it's just a matter of time, it just takes one guy.

So, to whoever will do that port, thanks in advance, and to people who are waiting for the HK version of VHBL, please stay tuned. Neither wth nor me were actually aware that the HK version was different from the other 3, so it might take a while for something to be ready, but we're not forgetting you.

HOW TO INSTALL AND RUN HBL ON EVERYBODY'S TENNIS

  • It is *strongly* recommended that you turn of all wireless connections on your PS Vita, and that you use OpenCMA on your PC instead of the regular CMA. This is recommended because otherwise your console has a way to force you to upgrade the firmware even before you get a chance to use the exploit.
  • Extract the HBL archive matching your version of the game in your CMA PSP Savedata folder. It is a folder on your PC named PSSAVEDATA/[lots of random characters here]. If you don't know where it is, check your settings in CMA
  • Connect your PS Vita to the PC through the CMA, it should give you the possibility to copy the savedata from your PC to the Vita. If not, you probably extracted it in the wrong folder. (Note: You will also want to install some homebrews with a similar technique, read the section below)
  • Important for owners of the European version of the game: Before running Everybody's tennis, you need to change the language of your PS Vita/PSP to French. This is a limitation of the exploit for now, this might or might not change in future revisions. you can of course switch your console back to your own language once you are done playing with VHBL.
  • To run HBL, start the Tennis game, select "Continue" in the Main Menu. At this point, HBL should start

HOW TO INSTALL AND RUN HOMEBREW

Installing homebrew on the PSP was an easy task. On the Vita, until better solutions are provided, it's quite a pain in the rear. The CMA will only let you copy savedata, and will not recursively browse folders. To address this, HBL comes with a tool that can extract archives with a specific structure.Packaging the homebrew for installation on the Vita:

1) download PSP homebrew from your favorite Web site (wololo.net/downloads)
2) extract the homebrew somewhere on your hard drive, and with your favorite utility, zip it again with the *store* setting (no compression), in a file that you will name "install.zip"
3) take any PSP savedata (but not the one used for HBL!), and add the "install.zip" to that folder, in your PC CMA folder. so your PSP Savedata will look something like this:
in folder PSSAVEDATA/1a2b3c4def5678/UCUS12345000/ (or something like this) you will have the following files:

  • ICON0.png
  • PIC1.png
  • DATA.bin
  • PARAMS.SFO
  • install.zip

Installing:

1) run OpenCMA on your PC, and CMA on your Vita
2) copy the previously packaged SAVEDATA (see above) with your homebrew in "install.zip" on your Vita
3) run HBL (how to run HBL is explained in the previous section)
4) navigate with the HBL menu to the SAVEDATA folder, then go to the folder you just downloaded (in my example, UCUS12345000), and clikc cross or circle on it
5) At this point, the HBL menu should ask you if you want to install the homebrew. select yes, and wait until HBL is done extracting your homebrew
6) The homebrew is now installed, and you can run it by going to the GAME folder, if everything went well, a new subfolder with your homebrew has been created here, and you can run the homebrew

OpenCMA (wololo.net/downloads/index.php/download/1252) is strongly recommended to install if you want to use VHBL. Open CMA is a tool by Virtuous Flame that allows you to copy files from and to your vita without being connected to the internet. This is useful, especially if you don't want Sony to forcefully update your firmware.

Update 2: PlayStation Vita developer wololo[ has updated (wololo.net/wagic/2012/04/15/new-vhbl-version-for-everybodys-tennis-gets-rid-of-language-limitation-in-eu-version/) the VHBL version for Everybody's Tennis, which now gets rid of language limitation in EU version. Downloads:



To quote: "Developer wth released today an update to his Everybody's Tennis exploit, specifically for the EU store. This change does not improve homebrew compatibility, but will work independently of the language of your console. Yes, finally, no need to switch your console to French or Spanish.

Even though there is no new homebrew compatibility, I'm sure this will be a welcome update for those of you who are using this exploit."




Everybody's Tennis Vulnerability for PSP on PS Vita is Revealed

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#111 - Nabnab - January 5, 2012 // 11:56 pm
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Ok fine, i give you another python script i made but this one is different and more interesting -> Funny Hello world communication with the PS Vita Check out


#110 - Nabnab - January 5, 2012 // 9:32 pm
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Hello Everybody.

Sorry i forgot to give you another python script i made (it can read some information of the PS Vita Configuration/Endpoints)

The first script = test to detect the PS Vita on Linux/MacOS/Windows without using CMA

The second script = read the configuration/endpoints information of the PS Vita (work on Linux/MacOS/Windows) just need to have pyUSB/Python to use the script.

On the second script you will have this result

PS Vita Found ! PS Vita information:
bConfigurationValue: 1
bInterfaceNumber: 0
bAlternateSetting: 0
bLength: 9
bEndpointAddress: 129
bEndpointAddress: 2
bEndpointAddress: 131


#109 - Nabnab - January 5, 2012 // 2:01 am
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I leave you a small python script i made to detect the PS Vita on MacOS/Linux/Windows (you need to have PyUSB/Python), you can test it to be sure that your PS Vita is recognized without CMA. You can also launch a PS Vita game and leave the USB Plug on (still recognized)

One problem i found about the detection of the PS Vita, you can't let the PS Vita go in Standby mode...

I found also something weird and i was wondering if some people who has a PS Vita can test ? Turn off the PS Vita (wait the end of the PS Logo blue light) Hold PS Logo button for 10sec and stay hold the button and try to turn back on the PS Vita, normaly you can't
and it has something to do with a debug USB mode, didn't find yet, i'm working on my MacOS/Linux driver PS Vita and also something else i can't talk right now (too early and too much bug)

Here is the script

I just add a picture of the command/script


#108 - cfwprophet - January 4, 2012 // 4:38 pm
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I know that forum mate !! As i has started on ACiD the very first PS3 CFW peoples started to bash me and my team and always wanted some prove or called me bad words. I'm no learned coder i do this all by my owen and learn what i need to accomplish the job. Till today i hold some mods/hacks in my private that others ps3 cfw's still don't have like a FW embeded Half-File Manager. Or on the Wii my work on the Unbrick Disks i hold some info that let peoples boot my disk's without the need of any RescueMenu hack.

Kiddyz always popping up and want some prove or try to bash. But i'll release the info when i want and not only for prove my self to others. Maybe when i get back a ps3 i'll start again and finish what i have started for over one year. Most peoples just adding hacks or code of already released stuff and try to get attention.

As i said if i finish my work and release it it will have features no one other CFW till now has beside the fact i for sure also implement already released good stuff.

With simply words: I hear you and im with you

#107 - Tidusnake666 - January 4, 2012 // 4:25 pm
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Keep up good work, Nabnab, I once had some small ps3 games-related projects here on ps3news too, so I honestly wish you good luck. Cheers!

Also, if you want, you may open a separate thread here, where you can give details about your work / keep us up to date. Correct me if I'm wrong, plz

#106 - Nabnab - January 4, 2012 // 2:12 pm
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It was me, somebody told me that a Japanese Website called emuonpsp talked about it the next day after i said it.

I told to one person what i found about the combo key few days ago but apparently he already told to somebody, i made the video 3 January (French time) and before the website emuonpsp talked about it, that's why i didn't understand what happened and i don't even know who emuonpsp is until today.

silw -> it's me... This is part of my work and my investigation on the PS Vita...

Now about combo key, I was the guy talking about the first combo key (glitch/debug/recovery) on Vita. From the beginning I was wotking on the PS vita and already explained many things about it and this one too.

Silw is just a name I have, I don't understand what's wrong with some people, I give some help, i'm showing stuff and explain how to do it and after alll You tell me it's bs, who are you to judge me, do you know my life, respect other people thanks

#105 - cfwprophet - January 4, 2012 // 9:57 am
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Are you sure that this is of you ? I found several sources on the net they reported that this comes from an chinese site called emuonpsp and also have made available the key combo used to display that.

Japanese site emuonpsp reported today that a combination of keys was found in the settings menu to display some hidden information about the firmware installed on your Playstation vita.

This menu contains information about the system build, repository, revision,… doesn’t look like it’s super useful information for now, but still interesting I guess.

The combination to get this menu to show requires practice but I could confirm it works on my vita (Firmware 1.510).

Go to Settings > System > System Information
Press simultaneously RTrigger + LTrigger + DPad Left + Square for a few seconds
Release those buttons then immediately press the start button
tadaa, additional information shows up


ps. the vid was taken by silw no word of a Nabnab anywhere.

#104 - Nabnab - January 3, 2012 // 9:21 pm
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Hi Everybody.

I made a video to show some hidden informations of the PS Vita




Still working on CMA Mac OS (also compatible with Linux) and i maybe found a way to mount the storage of the PS Vita (memory card)

#103 - Prince Valiant - January 3, 2012 // 11:56 am
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The advantage of Sony using PC software to try and manage things, it can easily be cracked

#102 - cfwprophet - January 3, 2012 // 11:36 am
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Following up on his previous update, PlayStation Vita hacker wololo has shared a progress update on the PS Vita Half Byte Loader (HBL).

Additionally, Nabnab has also made available a video showcasing some hidden PS Vita information for those interested!

To quote: A quick report: I'm making some progress on porting HBL to the Vita. Although I'm sad to say that I can't get syscall estimation to work, I got some major homebrews such as Doom to run already, so overall I think it's in an acceptable shape.

Because it is roughly stable now, today I focused on porting HBL to the EU version of the exploited game (I was working - obviously - on the Japanese version of the game so far). This went smoothly and I can confirm HBL runs fine on the EU version of the game, although of course I could only test on a PSP, not on a Vita.

I used the opportunity to refresh my two guides, how to write a binary loader and how to port HBL. The guides are now simplified, and the binary loader tutorial now has download links to the tools used in the examples.

Writing the first "usable" version of HBL for the patapon exploit took several developers and about 4 months. Thanks to the portability of HBL, bringing it to Teck4′s exploit took me only a few days. Adapting that to the EU version took a couple hours (including porting the exploit itself), so I am confident for the US version.

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