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Hidden Firmware 3.56 Feature Allows for Remote Monitoring and Bans

Sony has cleverly implemented new coding into firmware 3.56 that can allow them to remotely detect a system that is running homebrew or a custom firmware, which can to lead to bans.

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SnakeMustDie2397d ago (Edited 2397d ago )

Nice move by Sony. The update must have implemented some kind of security program that detects custom firmware.

kingofps32397d ago

Sony just probably looking at how many ppl mess with the systems and repeated offenders probably get banned in the future lol.

Pixelated_Army2397d ago

Yo this is great news props to Sony.

I_find_it_funny2397d ago (Edited 2397d ago )

So far Sony banned cheaters in BO, and those who played pirated copy using old jailbreak method. CFW is untouchable I think, yet.

But I'd love it to be true.

kneon2397d ago (Edited 2397d ago )

this could potentially screw up attempts at CFW. If they can force the PS3 to run downloaded code, how is CFW going to deal with this? If they block it then Sony knows it's not legitimate firmware. If they run it then the code could be doing anything, including forcing an upgrade of the firmware.

inveni02397d ago

Precisely, all Sony has to do is implement a system (when connected to PSN) that does a hash check of the CFW. The key to the hash can be stored on Sony's servers. If the has doesn't match, then no access. If it does match, then all is well.

kneon2397d ago

It has to be more sophisticated than just a simple hash of the fw code, otherwise you can make the CFW just return the expected response without actually running the code. And since it's downloaded each time you connect they can change the code daily, weekly or whatever so that eventually they will nail each pirate that connects to PSN.

inveni02396d ago

The CFW wouldn't know what to return if the hash key is stored on Sony's servers. All they could do is opt NOT to respond...and that would still cause an error.

kneon2396d ago

If it's the same code running the same hash function over the firmware every time then you can just get a non-hacked ps3 and figure out the correct response. It needs to change often, and that way sooner or later everyone that goes online will get caught.

inveni02396d ago

The only thing that would need to change often would be the key. It could even be a key that changes each time you connect based on a whole mess of algorithms. The bottom line is that if the CFW doesn't attempt to hand over its hash, then it won't connect.

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Octo12397d ago

*Grabs Popcorn*

This is going to be good.

MidnytRain2397d ago

Oh yeah. I can't wait to see the waves of hackers smitten down with Sony's might. I've got nothing to worry about because I'm ALL LEGIT. FTW!

jerethdagryphon2392d ago

how does this affect me.... it doesnt now do i play slyu 3d dot or pop trillogy

Joni-Ice2397d ago (Edited 2397d ago )

"Grabs Toast"
Black Ops cheaters got banned today. I LOL at some of the comment they made in the forums.

GrumpyVeteran2397d ago

My friend is so happy he didnt upgrade his firmware.

Sharingan_no_Kakashi2397d ago

Whats his PSN ID :). I'll "add" him.

fooltheman2397d ago

even who doesn't upgrade will be detected even if they manage to go online...