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March 21, 2012 // 2:25 pm - Following up on the PSP SaveGame Exploit on PS Vita from a few days ago, today PlayStation Vita hacker wololo reports that Davee has obtained PSP Kernel access on PS Vita through another exploit with a PS Vita PSP HEN demo video and details below!

To quote: Famous PSP dev Davee just posted a YouTube video showing him running PSP homebrews on a Vita. I initially thought “well, not a big surprise, he’s running his own port of VHBL to some random exploited game”, but it turns out this is much more interesting than that, as he managed to get a PSP Kernel exploit running on the PSP Emulator.

Davee had hinted a few days ago on twitter that he had PSP User mode access, but it’s a surprise to see Kernel mode today. What this means to the end user is full homebrew compatibility (unlike VHBL which is hit and miss), and potentially down the road, PSP iso loaders (the video actually shows a psp iso running). Check his video below:




The video shows a minimalist interface called “PRX Loader” which seems to be used to run the homebrews. No word from Davee yet on a release date.

Update: The end of the video also shows some gameplay of Ratchet and Clank, which indicates Davee already has PSP isos working to some extent on this exploit.

I don’t know what impact this will have on wth's release for VHBL. We had actually started the process, but Davee’s work might make VHBL fairly irrelevant. I’ll try to contact the involved people to know what to do next about that.

Congrats Davee, exciting times ahead! Thanks to Yoti for the tip!

From his blog via lolhax.org/2012/03/21/ps-vita-psp-hen/ to quote:

First thing first, huge thanks to Proxima and some1. They’ve provided key utilities and advice for this research. So, yeah, it was really only a matter of time till this kind of thing happened. Sony dont just emulate the userland process of a PSP game, they emulate the entire kernel albeit, a modified kernel. The PSP emu has limited access to hardware, with interfacing the hardware done via a Kermit module. Kermit is a old-timers transmission protocol, likely used to talk to the native Vita.

The PS Vita, is a nifty little device, and the PSP emulator is a good target to get a huge library of homebrew. Check out the video below for a demonstration of what can be achieved.

You can see, that it works! The benefit is that HEN can access the core of the kernel, allowing almost seamless compatibility. However, as you may know, VHBL cannot run Lamecraft. Nor can this HEN currently. Lamecraft uses the OSK interface which has been replaced with Vita’s OSK. It’s likely a software error in the PSP kernel from the arguements passed in the homebrew.

There is other things, and perhaps i’ll make a post for them another time, but for now, later.

-Davee

Finally, from YouTube, to quote: Hi I'm Davee, and this is what happens when you emulate the entire psp kernel in the PS Vita. You can get a HEN! For technical information, contact on at lolhax.org Alternatively, visit #hellcat on irc.hellcat.net

Shout out:

  • some1
  • Proxima
  • npt
  • girlfriend, emma
  • dog, cosmo.
  • PSP homebrew developers

P.S. This isn't a huge achievement, but kernel access does grant us access to the sceKermit library


Video: PS Vita PSP HEN Demo, Kernel Access Through Exploit

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#42 - NTA - March 30, 2012 // 3:11 am
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Where did you get it for such an epic price?

#41 - imtoodvs - March 30, 2012 // 2:35 am
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i just put my vita back it the box a few days ago & bought a psp go for $25 bucks. looks like a waiting game now

#40 - NTA - March 29, 2012 // 5:22 am
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Speaking of funny names, I was browsing psn stuff and I just noticed the greek gods in the links lol. I've only seen poseidon, ares, and zeus so far

#39 - PS4 News - March 29, 2012 // 4:32 am
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Following up on his previous PS Vita developments, today PlayStation Vita hacker Davee reports that he has discovered Sony's sceKermit driver which is a communication interface for the included PSP emulator.

To quote from his blog (linked above): "Turns out he's not just a green frog! So, I've been throwing this word around recently and it's probably about time I explain. Kermit, either a protocol or perhaps a funny name (see KIRK/SPOCK) is a communication interface for the PSP emu. Specifically it allows the PSP to talk to the host.

Now, I can tell there aren't as many developers here, so I'll try to simplify for the curious minds but this stuff is pretty complicated. I'll only explain the API in detail as the lower level still need a little bit of clearing up, but here goes.

Ok, Kermit is here so that the emu can communicate to the host to share resources and other vitality. Perhaps the primary reason is that of hardware; the PSP emu is excluded from many hardware devices. So kermit sets in and allows the system to talk to the vita in order to use the hardware. Blabbering aside, this is the hardware that kermit seems to be responsible for:

  • Memory stick
  • Flash filesystem
  • DMA
  • LCD
  • GE
  • IDStorage
  • Audio
  • Camera
  • Power Control
  • USB
  • OSK
  • WLAN
  • RTC
  • ... more

Interestingly, the kermit communication isn't used for headphone remote or controller inputs.

In order to understand how kermit functions, it's important to explore the usage of the API. Starting with the power house tool:

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This function is the send command function. It accepts a kermit packet initialised to minimum 64 bytes (no args need to be filled) a command mode which describes the set of commands, cmd: the actual command; the number of args following the 16 byte packet header. It also allows you to pass a boolean value to allow callbacks when waiting for completion and a 64 bit response.

What is important to note is that the packet arguements are 64-bit wide (not 32) and little endian encoded. There is a maximum of 13 arguements that can be passed to the host.

Sometimes, it is needed to send more than the 13 arguements worth of data. This is where kermit provides an API for memory. Shown below:

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These function provide the fundamentals for data transmission to the host. sceKermitMemory_driver_AAF047AC is the staple command. It accepts a packet BEFORE transmission to host with the amount of args, a pointer to the input/output buffer and an indicator for the mode. This allows kermit to recieve the buffer of data when it processes the command, or have a place to output the data.

sceKermitMemory_driver_80E1240A and sceKermitMemory_driver_90B662D0 are the opposites of each other, providing input and output respectfully. This API is incredibly simple and is used to send multiple buffers to kermit prior and following a command.

These are pretty crap descriptions, but as you can see it's a very command and transfer sort of interface. You tell it you have data you want to give it, you signal it and then it tells you where it's put it.

https://github.com/DaveeFTW/vita_kermit

There is some source code describing in more codey ways. Also there are small reverses of functions used in the kermit. As you can see it works on a sort of circular queue of semaphores in the core. Have a "peek".

Thanks to Proxima + some1"

Finally, he also Tweeted the following: There is a bug in the vita. If you turn it upside down it zips the gsensor and runs xml format vita games. Really cool.

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#38 - DAZE - March 23, 2012 // 9:03 am
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Is not a Vita Demo, the exploit is inside a PSP Game -___-

#37 - imtoodvs - March 22, 2012 // 11:29 am
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i guess things are looking up for a lil HB love. lets see where this goes.

#36 - Neo Cyrus - March 22, 2012 // 4:32 am
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Huzzah! The chances of me buying a PSV just went from 0.1% to 50%. Sony will play the usual cat and mouse game, but a lot of what will happen will depend on whether or not the Vita gets proper game support as they claim it will. The PSP scene sort of died out due to a severe lack of games.

#35 - moja - March 21, 2012 // 10:43 pm
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Anyone know which demo yet?

#34 - chibiwings - March 21, 2012 // 8:57 pm
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Hopefully the PSVITA scene won't be full of drama like PS3 Scene. nice to hear some good news on vita.. good thing i give up on the ps3 scene.

#33 - dsavage - March 21, 2012 // 6:46 pm
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what vita demo do we need for this ?