Report: Sony "re-secures" PS3 with Firmware 3.60

Posted by Trent Nouveau

A prominent Playstation 3 hacker is warning that Sony's latest firmware update (3.60) effectively "re-secures" the console.

Youness Alaoui - aka KaKaRoToKS - is the author of PSFreedom, an open source Jailbreak patch. 

Alaoui also created a PL3 payload for USB dongles which successfully infiltrated the PS3's security system on firmware 3.41 and below.

Report: Sony "re-secures" PS3 with Firmware 3.60"For now, it looks to me (at first glance) that the PS3 has been re-secured, but it doesn't mean it can't be broken again from scratch," Alaoui explained on Twitter.

According to Alaoui, the PS3's pre-3.60 security was based on a "chain of trust" - where various layers of the console were secured by individual levels of encryption, with one granting access to the next.

However, the so-called chain of trust was unceremoniously snapped by the talented GeoHot - who identified the "mtldr" key, a root decryption cypher capable of unlocking all the others.

Enter the post-3.60 world. Sony has halted the use of mtldr, instead choosing to deploy a new digital security system. 

As such, hacking the PS3 is likely to require the discovery of a completely fresh exploit.

"[Yes], Sony's epic fail was epic...[But] it doesn't mean they can't come [up] with an epic save," added Alaoui.

(Via EuroGamer