fail0verflow, a small group of German hackers have left Sony stunned with an exploit that could completely open up their Playstation 3 gaming console. The hack, announced at the Chaos Communication Conference at Berlin, has eradicated a major security barrier and this will now allow users to install homebrew apps, Linux Operating Systems and game ISOs on their console. This, however, is different from how the famed PSJailbreak works – it’s not susceptible to being blocked by firmware updates, nor will it require users to downgrade their firmware. It’s not even a Jailbreak, it just makes the device think every software is a legit one that’s certified and signed by Sony.
Because of this, firmware version becomes irrelevant. Sony’s theoretically powerless to stop this hack and this will probably lead to widespread piracy, but will also lead to more opportunities for software authors without them having to jump through Sony’s hoops.
fail0verflow claims their primary motive in making this exploit is to have Linux working on any PS3, regardless of firmware version (heh). Sony famously removed this feature in the aftermath to renowned iPhone hacker Geohot claiming he’d hacked the PS3. This enraged many users, however, despite the “install OtherOS” feature not allowing Linux OS’ access to the RSX graphics chip and other vital hardware, leading to reduced performance. However, AsbestOS might have access to them, thus performing much better.
The hackers will not release a custom firmware but will release a proof-of-concept and tools that’ll pave the way for more exploits. In the meantime, check out the video below, that’s part of the 44-minute presentation fail0verflow made at the conference. Interesting stuff.