Latest PS3 firmware already hacked

Friday, 28th January 2011 02:12 GMT By Brenna Hillier


Sony’s security minded firmware update, 3.56, has been hacked within hours of release, re-enabling custom firmware and once more throwing the console open to homebrew developers and pirates alike.

Edge writes that Wii hacker KaKaRoTo, creator of the home-brew firmware enabling PS3 tools, tweeted that the latest version of his toolset was already updated, equipped to circumnavigate 3.56′s new security features within hours of the firmware going live.

In the meantime, root-key publisher GeoHot has been slapped with a temporary restraining order preventing them from assisting others in jailbreaking their PS3 consoles.

If that’s not enough to scare off the firmware fiends, then KaKaRoTok’s update should spark a series of updates to custom firmware releases.

Thanks, CVG.



  1. M2Kx

    Sony get’s trolled again. I know, a lot of you don’t, but I think it’s hillarous :D

    #1 4 years ago
  2. earlyrock

    Whats this TSA are on about then? –

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Psychotext

    Half truths everywhere. Whilst aspects of 3.56 have now been compromised, other parts remain intact. As of right now, no-one with a custom firmware has got access to the PSN without using the DNS trick, and the new master key means that unless significant work is done to reverse engineer the 3.56 changes, pirates wont be playing copied versions of future games (existing games remain pirateable).

    It’s unlikely that anyone who updated to 3.56 will ever be able to install CFW without a modchip in the future.. but then it’s unlikely that anyone interested in using CFW was stupid enough to have updated. :D

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Aimless

    @3 Evidently you shouldn’t overestimate the intelligence of people that use CoD hacks.

    Hopefully the situation is as you say, with anyone not already on the CFW bandwagon locked out of doing so and future games being protected. If that is the case then perhaps those who genuinely just want to use homebrew can do so in relative peace, waiting on updates to their CFW, whilst the number looking to cheat or pirate will be slowly whittled away via console bans. Not exactly win-win, but it would be a fairly amicable end.

    You know what would be funny, if Sony patched OtherOS back in. I presume it couldn’t do much harm at this point whereas it would do them some good.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Meghterb

    If they really hacked the new firmware, then that’s SO annoying.

    Sony, at least make something that deserve the hours of waiting when we download your updates.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Mike W


    Who knows at this point.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. ivycrew707

    Tweeted….did he prove?

    #7 4 years ago
  8. TheWulf

    @3: Thanks for that. The custom firmware isn’t about piracy and never was, the content of your post proves that. Brenna, you might want to update your story to reflect this – that only older games can even potentially be pirated.

    This is about people liking homebrew, and more importantly, people securing their rights by reclaiming OtherOS – an element that was promised to them as part of the product at point of sale.

    Norway’s got this right. Why is the rest of the world not bothering to?

    (I’m amazed so few people understand what this is really about. Are there so few console owners who also own computers? Is everyone posting from a console or an iDevice? But here’s my insight – it would be like a Linux desktop or server suddenly having Linux removed, with the hardware locking it out so that only Windows can be installed. That wouldn’t be cool, right? So why is that cool for the PS3?)

    #8 4 years ago

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