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Sony PlayStation Vita Encryption Flaw Uncovered by Hacker SKFU?


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165w ago - Following up on his previous update, today PlayStation Vita hacker SKFU reports that he may have uncovered a PS Vita encryption flaw.

To quote from his page: Since I finally have access to a retail PS VITA, today I started with some basic tests.

After a complete freeze of the system within the first 5 minutes after unboxing (*always happens to new consoles 4 me rofl*), I went on and noticed that there is a problem with the VITA's encryption functions and was able to decrypt some test files directly via the system.

I will post updates as soon as I have news

- SKFU




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#22 - GrandpaHomer - 171w ago
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He He - Sony can use this in their marketing campaign for Vita: "With the Community support from day one ..." ROFL

#21 - Foo - 171w ago
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As I searched PlayStation Japan... I found nothing. No software updates, I found a list, but no downloads. I'm still not fully into this...

#20 - 1Panic - 171w ago
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How is this possible?... Vita isn't even out yet. lol

#19 - adrianc1982 - 171w ago
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not really, it has more to do with what saviour is saying. Some programs are made on a rush and a lot of validations are skipped and put into a todo list if infact the program is useful... Why code validations(after all its code, and time to code it) if the program is not useful in any meaninful manner. Next step if the program proves to be useful its to add all those validations to have a nice program that gives out errors and informs the user of whats going on.

Hardcoding stuff like generating 30 files is okay for a proof of concept, alpha or beta... after all if you give it the firmware it will populate those 30 files and developers can find whatever information they are looking for. Bottom line, it gets the job done.

#18 - Bartholomy - 171w ago
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Uhm, i'm still curious about "every file gives 30 files" May be a fake program just for fun, or a prerelease of a fake just for remember us "I will be there when PSVITA will be released, and try to hack it?"

#17 - saviour07 - 171w ago
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I think it makes sense that since SKFU says "For now it only works with firmware 00.945.040" he has access to Development material with regards to the Vita, but as far as I can make out isn't this similar to a PUP extractor on the PS3 and will output the contents of the PSV FW data?

Also sounds like Sony aren't taking any risks with regards to exploits from the smallest places and encrypting everything: "Just a short info about the firmware itself, it is not unencrypted like the PS3 ones".

I find it interesting what Foo has said that it will extract 30 files regardless of the input - could just be there is no check for file type in the code or it is just hard coded to output them 30 files and populate them with the relevant data.

If anyone has access to the PSV FW 00.945.040, could they do a side-by-side of the info contained within the output files against something which is PSV unrelated?

#16 - elcido6 - 171w ago
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yeah screw sony haha derp.. turns on PS3

#15 - fudgelmir - 171w ago
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I have 2 fond memories of the psp: 1 was when it first got hacked with the "swaploit" and I could play Chrono Trigger via SNES emulator; the second was when Dark_Alex released "popsloader" to run the entire library of ps1 games.

With the Vita, I'm even more optimistic. I bet pcsx2 could run on this thing.

#14 - wwywong - 171w ago
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I think it will bump up the sales of VITA if it is hacked on day one. It will also be a big joke. Kinda like giving a finger to Sony.

#13 - mod632 - 171w ago
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Holy crap.. this is amazing

its not even out and yet we see first step to hack VITA firmware

 

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