PS3 Hacker Mathieulh Finds PlayStation 3 Firmware 3.56 Exploit

Today PS3 hacker Mathieulh reports finding a PlayStation 3 Firmware 3.56 exploit, although he states he has no plans to give any further details about it.

To quote from PSX-Scene: Well-known hacker Mathieu Hervais has reportedly found a bug that allows exploiting metldr, the bootloader and firmware version 3.56.

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MGRogue20174291d ago (Edited 4291d ago )

Sony, You know what to do. >:)


FantasyStar4291d ago

Send him some free stuff and a congratulatory pat on the back with a shirt that says

"I was the first to jailbreak PS3 Firmware 3.56, and all I got was this lousy T-shirt."

Wenis4291d ago

But they've still yet to 'finish' Geohot.

PlayerX4291d ago

Lol only on n4g do you see people defending corporations using bulling tactics and bogus lawsuits to scare people into not hacking their product. I am no fan of piracy, but this is just sad. If any other company did this n4g would be ripping them apart.

evrfighter4291d ago

ya it's not everyday you see the little people ready to take up arms for the mega conglomerates.

These are truly troubling times we live in.

PirateThom4291d ago

I think you people fail to see the impact hacking has on the community. Apart from the fact no one is stopping people hacking their own consoles and Sony are going after those that distribute the material to do it, those hacks and aimbots don't just happen to appear one day in games.

If you defend the hackers, you defend hacking, you defend cheating, you defend destroying online interactions.

Eamon4291d ago

Actually PirateThom, nothing is happening to the community.

Every other console has been hacked and has had little to nothing effect. Plain and simple.

"If you defend the hackers, you defend hacking, you defend cheating, you defend destroying online interactions."

^ You sound like the US government making propaganda about Iraq. "You're either with us or against us."

deafwing4291d ago

another one looking for online fame ... lame.
how about hacking the worlds problems guy?

DaTruth4291d ago (Edited 4291d ago )

Maybe they just owned a PSP? That's all it takes to appreciate the destructive effects of cracking! If it wasn't for Japan and Sony's commitment to supporting their hardware, we wouldn't have any good games on PSP now.

It's weird to see PC gamers who will soon be playing their consolized version of Crysis 2(DX9) defending cracking that leads to piracy. If it wasn't for piracy, you guys would be playing a real Crysis 2 by now.

And don't give me that, "teh Crysis sold 2 million" crap; how many of those were sold for 9.99 on Steam sales.

Soldierone4290d ago

LMAO have you not seen the PSP and PC problems? Developers are jumping ship on PC because they cant sell more than pirates are stealing.

Then Sony is getting threats from developers leaving the PSP because pirates have ruined that too.

Fact is defending theives and cheaters is a lot bigger of a stupid action than defending Sony. Which by the way is fighting on behalf of the entire industry, not just PS3. The only people mad at that are the theives themselves. So next time dont even bother saying "oh i dont like pirates or anything"

Pandamobile4290d ago

Uh, DaTruth, Crysis sold 3 million retail units.

MintBerryCrunch4290d ago

the guy says he wont reveal the exploit

so all of you who didnt bother to click the link, think before you ask for someones head on a stick

Eamon4290d ago

The reason why a lot of PC developers are jumping to consoles isn't due to piracy.

It's because to buy a gaming PC to play the games properly is more expensive than buying a console. These days most people get laptop computers which can't be upgraded CPU or Gfx wise.

Also, there is a much bigger market and audience on console than PC.

paintsville4290d ago

Lookout...."mandatory&quo t; firmware update coming in..alert...alert!!!

gamingdroid4290d ago (Edited 4290d ago )

I think what MS did with the ChevronWP7 hack was a good thing. They got it off the market, with no lawyers involved and the hackers got a compromise.

Win-win for everybody except for the greedy lawyers.

Sony should do the same instead of getting all this bad publicity and huge legal cost incurred.

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Dante1124291d ago (Edited 4291d ago )

@ a_bro

Oh yeah, I almost forgot about the subpoena thing (Geohot's contacts). They probably are watching him as well as everyone who checks in on his twitter.

Edit: "although he states he has no plans to give any further details about it."

Wise move. Think he'll go to Sony with this for one "get outta lawsuit card" as well as a job offer if what he claims is legit? Or risk it?

elmaton984291d ago (Edited 4291d ago )

you know ive been hearing that when you buy something, its yours right? anyway, if you hacked anything and if you release it to the public then its illegal otherwise its not. this is what geodick would have done in the first place so if woulnt be in this mess( if i was him, i would be enjoying all those free games) great move from him not to release the exploit BTW.

bub164291d ago


there would be no "free" games if the hacks hadnt come out...

Look_Behind4291d ago

LOL I was running homebrew on my PS3 before geohot came onto the scene. 3.41 jailbreak ftw. At least that jailbreak took a bit of effort.

Soldierone4290d ago

The funny thing is there probably are hackers that had broken the PS3 and were getting free games but staying quiet about it. Then Geodick probably ruined it by alerting Sony and now none of them are able to go online haha.

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Thugbot1874291d ago

It's not like the guy released the hack. He said look you guys got a bug its not full proof. All we can see with this whole thing is the original bug can't really be patched.

darksied4291d ago

Now this is my kind of hacker. Says he has a hack, but doesn't release it to the public. Good job, now keep it that way. The minute he releases any information about this hack online, I'm all for Sony busting down his door and throwing his ass in jail. Until then ... nice coding skills, I guess?

Christopher4291d ago (Edited 4291d ago )

Not to be rude... but with the metldr known by all, isn't this going to be the standard news with every single FW upgrade? I mean, there is absolutely no way Sony can now prevent hackers from creating CFW. What they want to stop is the open distribution of their modified IP.

AKA4291d ago

im glad that not everyone is a everyday sheep like you.

people wake up, read or wach some malcolm x history and few others like the yippies and etc
stop been a sheep.

on topic its very clear that anything is hack-able and im just glad that poor people are going to enjoy good games and have a better day.

darksied4291d ago

"im just glad that poor people are going to enjoy good games and have a better day."

Ah, so your argument is that poor people should be able to pirate games? Unless I misunderstood what you were saying, then let me argue this point. So a "poor person," as you put it, can pirate games. How did they afford that ps3 or 360 they're playing on, which costs more than a few games? What about a car, shouldn't poor people be able to enjoy a nice and expensive car to enjoy themselves and have a better day? They're poor, who cares if they steal it, right?

A video game system is NOT a necessity to live, it's almost a luxury item. A cell phone is actually more important to every day life nowadays, and a video game system is not even close. There's a lot of poor people out there, and I'm even on the border of that, but the last thing a person with low income should be doing is having "a better day" by playing video games when they have more important things to do.

Sorry for the rant, but that argument is one that is brought up often, but it's terrible. Life, libery, etc. are guaranteed to a person, not having fun playing video games.

AKA4290d ago

in Venezuela a brand new games for it first few weeks cost more then the console, im not going to give you 100 more examples.
try going out from your pretty life and you may understand that life is not only what you know or the hollywood movies tells you.

you enjoy your game and let them njoy the games have fun and let others have fun, games sale well and the workers get paid, nobody gets hurt or have got hurt, yeah maybe SONY is mad that pirates dont need to buy a blu ray burner or blank dics and that ks why they are mad, because everything is digital and they cant profit from it.

Kos-Mos4290d ago

Haha. Laugh of the day. Finish him. Next one will be the sodomian cliffy.

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a_bro4291d ago (Edited 4291d ago )

PS3 Hacker Mathieulh Gets Sued by sony

EDIT: com'n man, you dont actually believe that a sony employee isnt watching this, dont you? lets not kid ourselves here.

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FantasyStar4291d ago (Edited 4291d ago )

You never know ;) -They put up forum posts as "evidence" against geohot. They donated a $1 to geohot's paypal account to try and prove he was accepting donations when he proved that he wasn't. They drag him from New Jersey to try and break him by means of attrition. They stage a police raid on graf_chokolo's house. They send out numerous DMCA Takedown notices to github, google, and sourgeforge. They tried to subpoena the IPs of all the computers that viewed geohot's videos. They tried to appeal to the CA Judge to remove all traces of the hack from the internetLOL!). They sued LG to try and stall smartphone sales against their Xperia brand.

Sony is capable of any kind of shenanigans at this point bro. Why I wouldn't be surprised if Sony had spybots in our PS3 monitoring us and whatever we do in case we do something naughty.


*googles PS3 3.56 Rootkit and new PSN ToS*

beavis4play4291d ago

seems like EVERY post you make is nothing but trolling -

why do you act like such an @ss?

gamingdroid4291d ago (Edited 4291d ago )

Let's not forget the rootkit scandal with audio cd's!

kneon4291d ago


Maybe he's not acting :)

lee_ten4291d ago

...why don't you do something constructive with your life instead of trolling a gaming site?

DaTruth4291d ago (Edited 4291d ago )

Obviously, Sony's intention is to make it too much trouble to bother cracking their software and distributing cracks, all for just a little notoriety and a couple of donation bucks you couldn't possibly make a living on.

This guy would probably be distributing this now, if it weren't far too much trouble and risk!

If you invested billions of dollars into something and had a team of lawyers on your payroll, wouldn't you do anything to protect your investment, including using said lawyers since your paying them anyways?

To protect billions of dollars, some corporations actually kill people and spend millions paying off politicians!

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Mahr4291d ago

"PS3 Hacker Mathieulh Gets Sued by sony"

Sue him for what? For *claiming* to have found an exploit?

rrw4291d ago

at least he shut up and not releasing the exploit

ziggurcat4291d ago

nothing will happen if he keeps it to himself.

he could do the honourable thing and inform sony, in private, of the exploit.

ziggurcat4290d ago

not sure where the disagreement with above statement is about.

unless you disagree that he should do the right thing and inform sony so they can fix the alleged exploit?

IRetrouk4291d ago (Edited 4291d ago )

its not important, as long as there are games there will be pirates n hackers and everything that goes with it.

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2v14291d ago (Edited 4291d ago )

sony sue him plz.
or ban his ps3.
thank you.

Godmars2904291d ago

Sounds like he's too scared/smart to generally release the information.

Which is probably what Sony meant to achieve with the Geohot suit.

bub164291d ago

hes dropping the hint to give other hackers somewhere to look and release the info

Godmars2904291d ago

So he's just showing he's not a glory hound like Geohot.

radphil4291d ago (Edited 4291d ago )

"So he's just showing he's not a glory hound like Geohot."

If he really did find an exploit, it's a smart move tbh. Loud barking from the other names brings unwanted attention.

morganfell4291d ago

But if mathieulh wasn't a glory hound we would never have known of his actions...or his name. But he is what he is.

You can be sure that if he shares this quietly with someone and it leaks out it will get traced back to him. Then he is screwed. His ego just wouldn't let him keep his mouth shut.

Eamon4291d ago (Edited 4291d ago )

As far as I can see, the only significance of his message is to motivate other hackers to find the exploit that he has found (if he did).

I don't think he wants the responsibility and lawsuits etc but it's true that his ego makes him want to have credit for being first even if someone else releases info about this exploit.

radphil4291d ago

"I don't think he wants the responsibility and lawsuits etc but it's true that his ego makes him want to have credit for being first even if someone else releases info about this exploit."

That's generally how some hackers act. They want to be known that they were one of the first to find a situation, but don't want to glorify themselves to the masses.

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SlyFoxC4291d ago

o please release sony can take you down too!

MiloGarret4291d ago

The average age of commentators on this site must be under 12. Seriously, it's messed up how people are willing to support this gazillion-dollar corporation that cares only about their wallets. It's fucking insane.

I hope the ps3 gets hacked to shreds, that it becomes the most pirated console in the history of consoles. Not because I dislike Sony, or the ps3, oh no. Simply because I want to see tools like Pirate Tom and the rest of the retards on this site cry, cry like babies.