PS3 3.56 Firmware “A Minor Drawback” To Hackers

Hacker says PS3 can never be fully re-secured due to “kindergarten mistakes” in system security.

Sony’s recently-released PlayStation 3 system software 3.56, which was solely intended to stop hackers and pirates in their tracks, only presents a “minor drawback” to the scene.

The new firmware, released last week, was quickly decrypted, but Sony has done enough to prevent installation of custom firmware, homebrew and piracy on PS3s that have updated to 3.56. Mathieu Hervais, a respected voice in the homebrew scene who prefers the term “reverse engineer” to “hacker”, told us that while Sony has done all it could in response, it can never fully re-secure its system.

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GrieverSoul3792d ago

Dont bother! Sony knows who hacks now due to 3.56 firmware "talking" to Sony´s server whenever the console is booted online.

What is hilarious is the presumption attitude of this guys saying things like "kindergarten mistakes" in the PS3 security system and still those "kindergarten mistakes" kept them away from "reverse enginering" the PS3 for 4 years. Who is in kinderganden now?! -_-

hay3792d ago

"The new firmware update includes updated security keys, including the random element that was absent from the original keys, which lead to the system being hacked."
Didn't "hackers" said it was impossible to patch 'cause it was hardware related?
Gotta love their BS.

MAJ0R3792d ago

maybe a little more than minor, it did ban lots of COD hackers

HSx93792d ago

Sony didn't ban the Black Ops hackers, Treyarch implemented a security feature in Black Ops which can have you console banned if you are cheating in their game.

Spitfire_Riggz3792d ago

They should do that for MW2

hellzsupernova3792d ago

really??? I might have to check it out again if they have improved it. its the only CoD game i enjoyed playing

blackburn53792d ago (Edited 3792d ago )

Yeah just keep being overconfident. I want to see the day Sony gets really serious and finds a way to permaban any one using these hacks. I personally would laugh at anyone coming on these sites and claiming that it is unfair that Sony banned them. These hackers are beginning to think that they are invincible and unstoppable. Some one should really put them in their place.

@ AKA yes that is a great idea. Give up Sony. Instead of trying to keep the dishonest people and the thieves out, like the security was meant to do, let's just let them in. But when some other genius thinks of ways to use the keys to manipulate your accounts, steal your PSN cash, ban you from games, steal your credit card numbers when you buy things or whatever the hell else you won't be so flippant about it.Like they said they have the keys and can do anything they want.I am certain you won't like that. Why don't you guys start blaming them for keeping Sony on the defensive instead of blaming Sony for trying to stop them?

MintBerryCrunch3792d ago

seeing as how the hackers and ps jailbreakers cant go online at the moment...i fail to see how they could steal someone's info

FantasyStar3792d ago (Edited 3792d ago )

Your tin foil hat is on too tight buddy. People said the same thing with online purchases, and lolwutnao?

Silly gameAr3792d ago (Edited 3792d ago )


Dude, common sense and this gen just don't mix. It seems like everyone is screaming doom for Sony and the PS brand, yet, they are still here, Imagine that.

JD_Shadow3792d ago

Who is doing that? All I have been seeing about this story out of the general N4G community is to have Geohot burned alive without any care for consumer rights and before doing any research about anything (seriously, people, doing research is not that hard to do, but we act like we've just discovered the internet or something).

Should it be illegal to be able to have homemade games on your PS3? Ignore that there isn't any known HB games available for it yet. If there were some available for you to play on your PS3, should you be allowed to play it on your PS3 without the threat of a ban? If not, then why? I don't think ANYONE has really answered that question (only dodges of "there hasn't been any yet", etc.).

It's not that there are different opinions here (everyone has their right to them). It's the amount of hatred that's being spewed to anyone that DARES to take Geohot's side on this. Anyone that even HINTS at taking his side is hit by a ton of disagrees and insults that make you wonder where the N4G mods are at. It only seems to happen HERE! Everywhere else I've seen that talks about this "hack", the crowd is either split down the middle, or on Geo's side. N4G seems to be the ONLY site so far that has the majority of their user base backing Sony on this, which is okay, but again, look at what the opposite side gets in return, and read the type of comments that we're seeing. No sense that this site has passed grade school. It's like the only people commenting on this subject are 4chan members trying to make a new internet meme, and I think we're all getting sick of 4chan's existence on the net.

Of course, I can expect nothing less of a site that can't even grasp the concept of how stories get popular on this site. I mean, how many times have we told people that it's because they go on a HHG article to bitch that his stories are getting heat on the site that his stories ARE getting site heat, yet they continue to do it and pretend that they aren't part of the problem. Those people are the same people that are bitching against the PS3 jailbreak as if they are Sony's lawyers here. Think about that!

oicheshamhna3792d ago

@ darkpower

I have stopped reading most of the articles in relation to this hacking business but I do agree with Sony's side. Homebrew, OtherOS and CFW are great in practice but really who is going to just stop there? No one. I guarantee every single person who advocates reverse engineering of the PS3 will at one point play a pirated game on their system.

What amazes me is that people don't see the possible detrimental effects of having the PS3's security spread open for anyone to tinker with it. I feel that most of the hatred towards Hotz and the others comes from the fact that they did not have to publicly post their info, but they did. They made a dick move and they are getting backlash from it. Simple as that.

It's called the snowball effect. The information is out there. You're on a gaming site and there are always going to be hacking articles and little kids spouting nonsensical bullshit. It's just the nature of the beast.

Orionsangel3792d ago

Oooh wow you guys are so elite.

ASSASSYN 36o3792d ago

Sony can put their panties on briefly. But mr. Boom boom knows how to drop'em again and again for fun time.

ASSASSYN 36o3792d ago (Edited 3792d ago )

Drop those panties on your ps3 with the root key!

PS3 METLDR Root Key:

erk: C0 CE FE 84 C2 27 F7 5B D0 7A 7E B8 46 50 9F 93 B2 38 E7 70 DA CB 9F F4 A3 88 F8 12 48 2B E2 1B
riv: 47 EE 74 54 E4 77 4C C9 B8 96 0C 7B 59 F4 C1 4D
pub: C2 D4 AA F3 19 35 50 19 AF 99 D4 4E 2B 58 CA 29 25 2C 89 12 3D 11 D6 21 8F 40 B1 38 CA B2 9B 71 01 F3 AE B7 2A 97 50 19

R: 80 6E 07 8F A1 52 97 90 CE 1A AE 02 BA DD 6F AA A6 AF 74 17
n: E1 3A 7E BC 3A CC EB 1C B5 6C C8 60 FC AB DB 6A 04 8C 55 E1
K: BA 90 55 91 68 61 B9 77 ED CB ED 92 00 50 92 F6 6C 7A 3D 8D
Da: C5 B2 BF A1 A4 13 DD 16 F2 6D 31 C0 F2 ED 47 20 DC FB 06 70

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