PS3 Official Firmware 4.81 Exploit - Software Downgrader & More Incoming! Could SuperSlim be hacked?

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By STLcardsWS on Nov 9, 2017 at 6:45 PM
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    It was nearly 7 years ago since we have seen a PS3 Official Firmware Exploited (3.55 being the last), which predates many PS3 models and thus why those later Slim & SuperSlim models could never install Custom Firmware (CFW) and/or Downgrade. However that could all change as a team of three have been developing a new project (4.81 OFW Exploit) called PS3Xploit. The "Unhackable PS3 models" will be a term of the past, but the exploits not quite there yet but the possibility of a HENkaku (vita) style hack is very plausible. Currently the exploit has allowed for access to enable Flash dumps on all consoles, Then Write access to Flash, unhackables (25xx +) will not be able to write but all previous PS3 will so that means Goodbye Hardware Flashers and Hello Software Downgradrs. The team is consisting of psx-place's very own @bguerville, @esc0rtd3w and W form the team behind PS3Xploit.

    The theory behind the project started off when bguerville was looking through some of the webkit source code (for unrelated research) and stumbled on a discovery and a discussion here on the psx-place forums was formed with theories on how the PS3 could be attacked with his findings. As time passed the team formed and an idea became a full-fledged project in development, A request came to temporary remove the said discussion as the idea spawned a project with alot of potential. Sadly this is not ready for release quite yet (but soon), while we know it is working there is additional development needed to make this complete. The team has a goal of 2018 (first Q1) target for the release of the exploit.

    PS3 SuperSlim.jpg

    Recently team member esc0rtd3w announced the tentative release date on another forum and it seemed some were so grateful they decided to intrude and breach his MEGA account and leak what they thought was the exploit / key component but was only a small puzzle piece of the entire thing and quite useless itself . While the good news it did not harm the project or discourage the development team behind Ps3Xploit. However esc0rtd3w did lose some personal files and also the community lost the huge collection of NoPSN Apps for the PS3. But don't cancel those subscription service's just yet, as esc0rtd3w is in the process of re-uploading the collection, you can follow the progress here .

    Also, I have been personally told by the team that some of the details being reported elsewhere are not 100% accurate, but rest assured we have first-hand information about this upcoming exploit and we will set the record straight and keep you flowing with the facts as they become available. bguerville has provided us with some details about this release and also tells us about what they plan to release first and that is coming in the next 24 hours in the form of a IDPS Dumper for 4.81 (All PS3 Models). (UPDATE >> Released)

    Additional details via @bguerville
    (NOTICE - Please Read ALL TABS contains IMPORTANT Details about the project !!! )

    • I started investigating the ps3 webkit about 6/7 months, but at the time, it was only to gather information, I had no idea I would eventually be the one working on it!

      End of August, I gave the information I had to esc0rtd3w & expected he would work on it alone. However, he knew nothing about webkit exploitation & he started to collaborate with W. By hijacking webkit, we inherit its privileges which means we are root & we get access to lv2 syscalls. However the ps3 OS is protected by NX (No eXecute is the bsd/linux equivalent of DEP on Windows), no address randomisation though. Executing our own payload is made impossible by NX but we can still execute code despite NX using ROP (Return Oriented Programming).

      The principle is simple, select snippets from the system code (snippets like these are called gadgets) & assemble them so execution jumps from one gadget to the next until the task we planned is done. It requires providing values/parameters & offsetting to each gadget instruction as well...

      First week of September, I joined their effort & 2 weeks later we had ROP execution.
      From that moment, I have been doing all the ROP development work alone while the other 2 helped with testing & researching (and debugging for esc0rtd3w).

      Right now I have 2 ROP chains ready, one for idps dumping & the other for flash memory dumping.

      The next part of the job is to modify the flash dumper into a flash writer.
      When that is done & released, ps3 hardware flashers will have become mostly obsolete.

      FYI, the idps dumper should work on any nor/nand model of ps3. Same goes for the flash memory dumper.

      It was tested ok on superslim.

      Once the ROP work above is finished , there is much more to be done & hopefully more releases to come...

      Stay tuned.....

    • The Current Status

      For now the main project we are working on will not jailbreak all consoles.

      It will enable flash dumps from all consoles but flash write only to all consoles up to 25xx so consoles that are are not cfw compatible will not really benefit just yet, except for dumping flash & idps but not for JB.

      For those with cfw compatible consoles on ofw, once flash is overwritten with a db ofw copy, a user can reboot then install the cfw of their choice. Hardware flashers being then obsolete.. You could also overwrite the flash memory in more recent consoles but that would result in a brick due to metldr2.

      It's only after that flash management project is done, in hopefully March that we will begin working on exploiting lv2. If we get the results we wish, we should be able to make a TaiHEN type of hack for all consoles including superslims.

      Once lv2 is exploited, I am not sure yet how far I will take it, whether I will also try to take on lv1.. Or leave it for someone else to build on by releasing a fully commented & dev friendly version... We will see how things go, ......

      However, even without lv1, direct access to lv2 functions using the right parameters would allow us to run homebrews (except those needing lv1 peek/poke) & backups without problems along with many other things.

    • I figured i would add this (tab) to add some news and thread related to this project, that has arisen after this article.​

    Stay tuned to as this story develops, we have the inside scoop on all the details as they flow. This is a huge breakthrough for the PS3 Community and will only progress from here on out!!!

    (Please Note - You should not update your PS3 firmware past 4.81 if a Software Update goes Live)

    Last edited: Nov 29, 2017


Discussion in 'PS3 News' started by STLcardsWS, Nov 9, 2017.

    1. habib
      if any of you is on 4.30 stay there ;)
      theres a stack overflow and you can control registers
      it might take a while actually for someone to finish it as a cfw but it is possible. not complete cfw but most of it
    2. esc0rtd3w
      no, we just do not have support for it, even written, tested, anything. the sys_storage opens it like any other NOR console, but the deviceID and offsets are wrong, but still finishes chain and does a beep and shutdown. The exact data returned, we do not know where it is from without testing it more, I assume it is somewhere in one of the areas of found offsets, in userland space.....again, anyone correct me if i am wrong :eek:
      Last edited: Nov 11, 2017
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    3. karanjari
      Any tutorial plz???
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    4. Mozzy5837
      Littlebalup i gotta say your downgrade tool smacked it for me,appreciate your work in ps3 scene as someone who knew fk all bout computers/tech but managed to use your downgrade tools py and teensy thru pure determination and I've been hooked since lol, nice one fella
      littlebalup, esc0rtd3w and DeViL303 like this.
    5. Xplaya
      That is Awesome !
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    6. HollowChris
      Hi. I tested on my CECH-2311A OFW and got a corrupted IPDS. Did I do something wrong? I have to keep trying or wait for a new release?

      For people with trouble with the server on Win10, make a environment variable (google it) poiting to python installation folder, edit and remove the ".exe" from the windows.bat (right click on it) file.
      Last edited: Nov 12, 2017
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    7. STLcardsWS
      Added a new tab to the original article.
      Just with links to the dumper threads and will add any future threads so everything is organized and accessible via this thread.
    8. kozarovv
      Maybe you selected NAND dumper instead of NOR?
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    9. Chiranjeevi
      good to know that there is still development going on for our beloved ps3 models which were unhackable earlier..
      #respect for devs
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    10. BobTheDuck
      So will this work for the phat models with the slide open lids? And couldnt sony force us to update to 4.81? I read somewhere that they added that to the TOS.
    11. bitsbubba
      I don't recall ever seeing a PHAT model PS3 with a slide open lid
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    12. BobTheDuck
      mine came with gta v so I dunno...
    13. kozarovv
      GTA V was released in 2013. PHAT PS3 isn't produced since 2009. And finally, PHAT PS3 with a slide open lid don't exist. Only model with that lid is Super Slim.
    14. DeViL303
    15. hazzard017
      the very first models of the ps3 had a flip up lid, access to SD Card reader and I think w few more usb ports. ? it was only offered on one of the variants, ( ie 20gig, 40, 60gig ) if I'm not mistaking I think it was on the 60gigs version.. I know this for a fact though, both me and my best friend bought ps3's around the time the first came out. Mine was the next smaller size down from his. mine did not come with one, his did. ( I was jealous ) lol.

      I hope this is even what you guys are talking about. if not just forget the last 1min of your life, and proceed.
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    16. DeViL303
      Yeah the first release of PS3 had a "flip up" card reader lid, and the last version had a "slide open" DVD lid. So in this case I am still not sure which one the initial user has. :)

      Seems to me it would be hard to mistake as "phat" for a "slim" but..
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    17. esc0rtd3w
      tell him to weigh it lol
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    18. bitsbubba
      yes the 60gb PHAT model had a card reader and 4 USB, I've owned 3 so far. would like to get another for gits and shiggles
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    19. ShadowShadyLee
      i'm waitin for it anxious, hope it takes less time to come, good luck and thanks for the team that are makin this, keep goin
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    20. Amaan Khan
      Amaan Khan
      I want to know also
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