PS3 jailbreak seller hits back with firmware downgrade
Step back in time to re-apply console crack
PS Jailbreak, the USB dongle designed to crack open Sony's PlayStation 3, can now work with consoles that have been updated with firmware higher than version 3.41.
Well, kind of. The software tweak actually enables the dongle to downgrade the console's firmware to 3.41 - or, indeed, any previous firmware version, the maker claims.
PS3 firmware 3.42 was released in September specifically to combat PS Jailbreak. It blocks the method by which PS Jailbreak does its stuff.
The dongle tricks shop-sold consoles into operating as if they are developer-oriented boxes which, in turn, allows these machines to run games from external media.
The Asian company behind PS Jailbreak of course pitches the device not as a tool for ripping off games publishers but as a way of running homebrew software.
Presumably, the downgrade breaks a console's ability to use the online PlayStation Network service, but the downgrade doesn't prevent you from upgrading back to the latest firmware should you want to access PSN at a later time.
The PS Jailbreak lot reckon the tweak, called PS Downgrade, will work with any future firmware. The downgrade is only available from "authorised dealers", though the PS Downgrade website doesn't list any - or say what they'll charge for the software. ®
not a freetard
I buy all my PS3 games - i have a reasonable collection (though not massive, I'm not a hardcore gamer and dont have that much time to invest in gaming).
however, I used to use the OtherOS feature to boot the PS3 into Linux - cos I am a hardcore geek and liked to play with the CellCPU (heck, the 349 quid the PS3 cost me was less than 10% the cost of a CellCPU PCIX dev card!)
then Sony blocked the OtherOS feature.
guess what. its people like me who are now rooting their PS3 to get access back to booting into Linux... yes, I've had to enter the dirty dark underworld to get a feature that was part of the original purchase of the PS3. I now have to fight against Sonys stupid upgrade cycle - because I do buy my games and like using the PSN and online gaming too.....people like me are only one desperate hour away from deciding they cant be bothered to stay legit...its so quick and easy to now be one of those 'freetards', to just get the 100Gb torrent of AAA PS3 titles. but I wont...as I'm legit and just wanted to use the f*****g OtherOS feature!
@There already is dumbass. #
I dont think you can compare writing something in Flash with exploiting the capability of the PS3 hardware now?. Think you need to re-evaluate who is the dumbass.
Another point, the OtherOS option was screwed anyhow as Sony didnt provide / allow to talk to the accelerated graphic hardware thereby making it useful for Homebrew.
I agree that a homebrew kit would be awesome, unfortunantly it increases the changes of someone finding an exploit so I doubt we will see it happening - which is a shame.
...Sony could release a 'Home Developer' type of kit so hobbyists could create homebrew demos and games to boost Sony's game catalogue and user community. This way legitimate homebrewers and bedroom coders could apply their art without having to use a device that's locked out of PSN. Also, PSN could have a special Homebrew section so we could all show off our wares. Can you imagine how big this community would be?? Christ, it could be like the good old days of the Amiga where folk could once again look on with amazement as yet another coder pushes another envelope of the system. It would be fantastic.
But I can't see it happening (hence !smiley)
The anger - dear sir - is directed at pirates and freetards
The anger - dear sir - is directed at pirates and freetards, the very people who think that their actions have no consequence. Just like Geohot though that his breaking into the hypervisor had no consequence. Yet it did, it resulted in the removal of OtherOS.
Game Piracy and the freetard mentality costs all of the paying customers because we end up paying more for less because cheap gits won't pay for their entertainment.
Not only that but in their desire to get free stuff, those pirates and freetards - oh hell, let's call it like it is - thieves who steal games are opening a secure platform that is there to protect the paying customers. If the security on a PS3 is compromised and it can access PSN unfettered, that represents a threat to the PSN security and any threat to that is a threat to the security of my financial transactions and information held within PSN. Sony knows this, and sure it protects their profits to protect PSN, but it also protects me as a customer. Thieves with nothing more than free games in mind might not be the biggest threat, but riding on their coat tails are the black hat brigade who want nothing better than to start scraping information from PSN so that it can be exploited.
Before you try to argue otherwise, if you're an IT professional you know that network security is built in layers, and the clients are one of those layers. The first step to cracking a secure network is to compromise a client that has access to the network.
So, yes, anger, bile, vitriol, all directed at the thieves who'd rather spoil the party for everyone else instead of paying for their entertainment. Oh, and that's without even discussing the negative impact that game theft (aka piracy) has on a software market, and that market's subsequent decline - which hurts everyone.
Firmware 3.42 altered the USB device handling, 3.5 altered it further and threw in a whole new encryption layer. Downgrading your firmware back to a version prior to these is great and all, but things move, games get released, new firmware is mandated.
As for doing what you want with your computer, it's a game console, not a computer. The PSN is Sony's network, not yours, the firmware is theirs, the encryption keys are theirs and the stolen service key that was cloned to allow the jailbreak exploit is Sony's too. So, if you're so concerned with your property, why are you not concerned with the property of others? If you want to take your PS3, downgrade it and take it off line forever, that's great. But if you being that compromised system back online onto PSN I hope, as I said in my post, that you find yourself the subject of a perma-ban because I don't want security compromised systems accessing PSN. It's your PS3, great, but it's Sony's PSN. Don't be all hurt when someone points that out to you.
Gotta love that last point of yours. It's always the last resort when losing an argument to resort to the "you have no life and no friends" argument. It always smacks of projection when someone pulls that card though. But, well done you, I'm sure I'd feel crushed by your comments if any of them were even remotely the case.
I have an idea:
You stop being a narrow-minded git. Stop presuming that everyone who desires old firmware is a pirate just because you cannot personally understand why doing things like running Linux on your PS3 is a Really Neat Thing. For some folks that has absolutely nothing to do with pirating video games. Remove cranium from sphincter, then post!