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Project: Cobra and True Blue PS3 Dongles, TB EBOOTs Examined

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161w ago - As a follow-up on our previous article with the spirit of Operation: Mongoose in mind, we are continuing to examine both the Cobra and True Blue PS3 DRM-infected dongles and TB EBOOT files, and welcome any help with this project from other PlayStation 3 developers in the scene!

First let me tell you the following explanation is not a theory or any rumors, it's actually how the USB dongles work to allow different things.

We heard many rumors / theories about the process of the Cobra / True Blue but I didn't see anyone give any big answer about that (I'm not saying I would give you the big answer but the explanation how it works and how to make this possible)

Cobra / True Blue Part 1

Both dongle use syscall / payload (after a big investigation, both dongle also follow the work of graf_chokolo and the functionality of the dongle can be ported into a CFW (not a good idea from some devs I guess)

Cobra / True Blue use a lv1_wrapper (syscall implementation) that can allow to use subroutine function into kernel mode call....
 

Project PNM Stand-Alone Mode for PS3 NOR Flash Mangement

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181w ago - As a follow-up to the previous Project PNM news, here is another update from PlayStation 3 hacker No_One below.

To quote: Hi mates, I wanted to give you news concerning the PNM project. I really missed time. But I just finished what I call the "stand-alone mode". In this mode, we can do everything concerning the NOR FLASH mangement.

Here are the functions working now:

  • copy memory
  • dump memory
  • update memory
  • display memory CRC32
  • read memory
  • display memory details

PNM is now working with 2 NOR sockets and 1 "virtual" one which is the PS3 embedded memory. It means for example that now we can dump/update the PS3 NOR like any flasher, but also copy its content to another FLASH and so on...

Next step now consists in wiring the PNM board to the PS3. This is what I call the "PS3 mode". I will do it next week

I will of course give you details, some nice pictures and maybe a video. We are not so far to be capable to dual firmware the PS3 and do some nice progress in FLASH decrypting.

Have fun !
Cheers

No_One

PS: For people...
 

Video: Project LLP: Kevin Butler Returns for Long Live Play on PS3

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183w ago - Today Sony VP of Product Marketing Scott Steinberg has shared a new video which marks the return of Kevin Butler for Project LLP: Long Live Play on the PS3 entertainment system.

To quote: Two years ago we introduced you to our resident Vice President of just about everything, Kevin Butler, in the inaugural "Dear PlayStation" ad which was timed with the introduction of our "It Only Does Everything" campaign.

Since then, the campaign has helped make the PS3 a household name in 50 million homes worldwide. Today, I'm excited to introduce you to a new brand campaign "Long Live Play" - designed to celebrate gamers from all walks of life and recognize you for making us who we are today.





PlayStation has always been about the gamer and the PS3 is the ultimate portal to a land of infinite experiences and accomplishments. PlayStation is reaffirming our commitment to gamers like yourselves with "Long Live Play" - mixing humor and a little good, clean fun with the kind of entertainment content you crave.

What better way to transition than with a visit from Kevin Butler, back from his four-day retirement with a special message.

Beginning today you'll find "Long Live Play"...
 

Project PNM PS3 NOR Manager Schematics and More Arrive

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185w ago - Following up on his previous update, today Sony PlayStation 3 hacker No_One has made available some PDF documentation that details how Project PNM PS3 NOR Manager works including schematics, explanations, a bill of materials (BOM), and diagrams.

Download: Project PNM PS3 NOR Manager Schematics PDF

To quote: Hi mates, Here is the PDF documentation that explains how PNM works from an hardware point of view:

  • schematics
  • explanations
  • bill of materials (BOM)
  • diagrams

Coming soon:

  • A virtual SOCKET #3 to access (Read/Write) the PS3 NOR (on motherboard itself) It will give the ability to manage what others flashers around do without removing the embedded NOR.

Realtime tests on a PS3 in differents situations:

  • Static switching between 2 firmwares
  • Dynamic switching

Tasks finished these last 2 days:

  • serial link has been enhanced (speed) to 1Mbit/s
  • virtual SOCKET #3 instanciated in the FPGA
  • Teraterm macros to help managing DUMP/UPDATE...

 

RPCS3 PS3 Disassembler / Emulator for PC Project is Announced

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188w ago - Today chrisbdk announced via DemonHades that Spanish PlayStation 3 homebrew developer rpcs3 is working on a PS3 Disassembler / Emulator PC project called RPCS3 with the current source code available below.

Download: RPCS3 PS3 Disassembler / Emulator PC Project r21 / RPCS3 PS3 Disassembler / Emulator PC Project r21 (Mirror) / RPCS3 PS3 Disassembler / Emulator PC Project r21 (Mirror #2) / RPCS3 PS3 Disassembler / Emulator PC Project r28 / RPCS3 PS3 Disassembler / Emulator PC Project r35 / SVN

To quote, roughly translated: Well then apparently someone has the job of making a PS3 emulator for PC. An now is in the process (to not get excited) only a disassembler.

NOTE: Do not expect to launch a game or homebrew or anything, just are in test mode.

PlayStation 3 RPCS3 emulator open source to run on PCs with Windows OS. For now only a de-assembler PS3, although in recent deliveries have been able to implement ELF compiler.

List of Changes:

r35
 
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