PS3 Simple Permanent Version Spoof in vsh.self (ps3-updatelist.txt redirect)

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    If anyone wants to make it so your CFW PS3 always returns this screen and passes the FW version checks on stuff like Updating, signing in, accessing whats new, PS Store, ads then this might help them.

    This is the exact same result as using the proxy bypass method, or the webman redirect method except you don't need webman or any proxy. ;)

    upload_2019-9-12_18-25-56.png

    There is a very simple vsh.self patch that can make it so it you are "up to date" no matter what version is the latest.

    Look for this bit in your vsh.self, its easy to find if you search for "ps3-updatelist"

    Original Rebug elf
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    Change ALL 12 URLs to read "http://xmbmods.com/ps3-updatelist.txt"

    Patched Rebug elf
    upload_2019-9-12_18-29-35.png

    That's it.


    Here is one attached that I prepared earlier for Rebug 4.84.2 REX.

    Note 1: Use this spoof at your own risk, This method of redirecting ps3-updatelist.txt has been used for years with no issues that I know of, But its possible Something changes in the future.

    Note 2: Dont use this file on other CFWs, patch your own vsh.self instead.

    Note 3: Before anyone asks, No this method will not work on HEN or HAN.
     

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    you may be able to do something about hen (haven't tried as I just thought of it), but if you use ccproxy to connect the ps3 to the internet through your computer, you might be able to add the update servers as forbidden sites. this is what I did for both the ps4 and the wii u. I'm not sure if this will work or if it will block all access to psn.
     
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    Yeah this is just a redirect without proxy, HEN users can use proxy or webman for same effect.
     
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    never tried webman to do that. though, I haven't played around with my ps3 for a long while.
     
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    you might be able to get your router to block the address too. however, with cc proxy you can single out systems by mac address in case you have more than one ps3. wmm might be easier, but I'm not really sure how it works, 'cause I only recently learned that you could do that. I'm not an online gamer, so I've had no need for it. you can still access the internet with the proxy. sorry for branching a little off topic, @DeViL303 . I did this with my wii u, since I own 2 of them. you can also look in the connections history to find out which ips to block. blocked ips will be in red.

    edit: the downside is that if you're using say the 5Ghz with a different ssid than the ps3 (only capable of 2.4GHz), then it won't make a connection. that's the problem I have with the ps4 and the wii u now. however, there are other ways to block both of those connections. :)
     
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    This thread is not about blocking updates, its about creating a fake response that says "1.00 is the latest FW, You are on that version or higher, So you now have permission to sign in"
     
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    oh, I didn't realize that.
     
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    just question can we replace links with empty link that does exist ?? or put no link
     
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    Hen since 2.4.0 allows Ps3mapi to write vsh text segment and r.o data too. So patch it in with a vsh plugin perhaps
     
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    Maybe an option to add the next HEN version if it works on HEN with a vsh plugin? HEN version spoofer when HEN is enabled or an extra option added to the HFW Tools section so the user can choose wether to do this or not..?

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    So HEN users can still go online if a FW update is pushed by [email protected] until HFW and HEN are updated to support any future FW updates.... it will stop a lot of people pestering devs and flooding the forums with "When's HEN/HFW going to be updated" the second a new FW update is made live.

    And IMO its a good feature to add to HEN if will work with a vsh plugin.... or added to the HEN payload.
     
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    You can and it will stop updates from downloading. But it wont allow you to sign in or do anything , you will just get a 80711005 error on anything related to PSN..

    That actually creates a strange bug where it will ask you to set your network settings if you try to use whats new. :)

    Yeah they should, I already suggested in the discord that they use this spoof method back when I did the mod. We can just have HEN patch the URL in RAM. Simple and will save a lot of issues when 4.86+ comes out. All CFW should apply this too really, no downside. You can still update via USB and its not hard to remove the patch if you really need to update vie net for some reason.
     
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    is there any other patch be applied cause in 4K PRO mod i see that there is software_update_plugin.sprx ?
     
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    Well you can block internet updates in lots of ways, lots of ways in the software_update_plugin.sprx, lots of ways in the software_update_plugin.rco, Probably lots of ways in the vsh.self too, but if you want to spoof and sign in it does not get much easier than the ps3-updatelist.txt redirect however you want to do it, patch, webman, proxy.
     
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    just for info as for vsh its easy and not much work to do héhé :)
     
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    it is possible to add spoof to the ps3 mfw builder program on it for a long time there were no updates
     
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    after i added vsh.self_4.84rex ps3 mfw began to give an error

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    Tried to install it. It shows the factory firmware.
     
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    I won’t do that. If someone wants to do this just write a plugin. I swear it won’t take more then 5 minutes. Do 2-3 calls to Ps3mapi to do it. Generating extra traffic and not guaranteed uptime 24/7....yeah I’d skip that
     
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    I understand you not wanting to add this. But It's not extra traffic really, The PS3 is checking this txt file any time you do anything PSN related, which server the txt file comes from does not matter really to the amount of traffic. Sony servers are not guaranteed 24/7 uptime either..
     
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    The patch is interesting. However, isn't it easier to redirect the URL adding vshnet_setUpdateUrl to the hen plugin or to a custom plugin?

    Or simply use webMAN MOD. IIRC if VSH is patched you will need to calculate the new hash for Cobra payloads to avoid break some features.
     
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    aren't they static ?? cause when i calculate my vsh to make my cfw in modulespatch.h it break ps2/psp but when i restore the original hashes they got back to work
     

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