My 2014 PS3 hacking guide/FAQ

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  1. Magsor
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    This is my 100th attempt to make a PS3 hacking guide/FAQ. Forgive me for my writing.

    About ps3 hacking

    PS3 hacking has advanced a lot since its beginning in 2010. PS3 hacking is a lot different from Wii hacking since hackers have managed to find all the signing keys which is/was used in the drm process. The only major drawback is that it hold a cell-powerPC architecture so software are not easily ported because most devices these days have x86(pc) or arm(ios/android) processors.
    That means there is nothing Sony can do now to block anything whatsoever. Whatever they attempt software-wise can be circumvented by the scene. As for now, 3 and half years later, pretty much everything is unlocked and works flawlessly.

    Do I want a hacked PS3?

    Well, it depends. I’d rather have an Online unhacked PS3 than a hacked offline PS3. There is just a lot awesome games that you can probably find used for dirt cheap these days. PS+(playstation plus) is also a good bet not very expensive for the numbers of games you can play and they have a lot of very good sales. The bundled Youtube/Netflix/etc softwares are very good. That being said an online hacked PS3 is the best but it depends on your ability to find one at a price that is worth it. You also might want to skip to PS4 because the price point is not much above. But it’s in the end your own choice to make.

    Is my PS3 hackable?

    Yes, as of today(01-2014) all PS3 are hackable.

    How do I hack my PS3?

    There is 3 ways

    1.ODE(optical disk emulator) hardware install. You need skill/knowledge to install this but less than number 2. There is solderless install for some PS3 models. You can run every PS3/PS1 games flawlessly but there is compatibility issues with homebrews. You have to install this to hack newer PS3s. They cost around 100$.

    2.Hardware downgrade. If you have a downgradable PS3 you can use hardware to bring it back to 3.55 and use CFW. It requires more skills as there a lot of solder to do. The services is available in professional locations. It should cost you around 70-100$ to get the extra hardware or get it done by a pro.


    3.Softmod hack/jailbreak should be rare to get by these days. You have to have a OFW(original firmware) below 3.56 which was released in January 2011 so it has to not have been online in the past 3 years. It is much easier to find a PS3 that already has CFW(custom firmware). All PS3 manufactured after mid-2011 were prevented to run softmod.

    In sums what does a PS3 with CFW can do?

    You can play/rip PS1/PS2/PS3/Blu-RAY/DVD. PS2 playback is not perfect on not FULL-BC consoles because it’s using Sony’s own emulator which is not perfect they would have to fix it and this is most likely not going to happen since they removed the feature a long time ago. There's also some PSP games going on(also on OFW ).

    Run linux PowerPC builds. This was removed by Sony a long time ago also. Still PS3’s linux is not very performant so you might just want to skip using your PS3 as a PC.
    Use as a media player. The built-in media player is restricted in the formats it can play. Showtime media player, although not as nice as XBMC, will let you play almost everything it gets thrown at. The only drawback is that PS3 only has wireless-G so you might want to have it wired to use it’s superb gigabit connection.

    Run emulators/homebrew. There have been ports of pretty much every system up to and excluding N64. For the reason I stated up there is not many homebrews on PS3 but one can code pretty much anything you want as the system is so much open. The unofficial SDK is called PSL1GHT.

    Can I go Online with CFW?

    Yes, yes an yes! Given that you have proper latest CFW or spoofs and that your console is not banned. The current firmware number is 4.53. I have just bought a banned console so I might have some details on how to unban a console in the next weeks/months.

    The trick is that Sony does not know/care what you have done in the past they never check your files/history. They only know/care what you are running right now so that means running homebrews while online will get you banned immediately even if you are not connected to PSN.
    They don’t care about piracy either because they can’t tell legit games from not legit games. There’s something called gamesharing that is widely used amongst and accepted by Sony so even PSN titles you can run without worring of getting banned. Also I have heard that playing COD: black ops 2 online would get you banned but if someone can confirm this it would be awesome.

    There’s a few ways to run homebrews without getting banned.


    1.Spoof gameID. There only one homebrew I know can do that right now it’s the stealth version of Multiman but theoretically you can do that with any homebrews.


    2.Settings and disable internet.

    3.Enter a wrong DNS in Internet settings. Just change 1 number. If you want to be offline the internet but still use your home network.



    4.Block playstation.net in your router. You can still use the internet but will not be able to communicate with Sony.

    Which CFW is best/safest?

    Almost all CFW are best/safest depends what you want. The truth is I have installed over 40 differents CFW over the years. Just don’t install until you are sure that other users have tested it and there have not been any bricks reports for a few days. And even there I think the only unrecoverable bricks were caused by the first waninkoko CFW on some fat models. To reduce even more any risks you can turn on QA flags in rebug’s CFW which will will even let you downgrade your console to any firmware from your console’s original firmware(not below brick brick) to 3.55. Never downgrade straight to OFW, as it checks for Level 1 hash. Dehash on 3.55 CFW then move to OFW.

    Always update from XMB and not from recovery, that way a bad usb/update file will not go through. If you cannot seem to be able to update use rebug’s 999 downgrader(where you can turn QA flags on) then rebug’s 3.55.2. From here any CFW will go through 100% guaranteed.


    It is always best to check MD5 checksum on your flash drive before you install a .pup to make sure the file you are installing is not corrupted. Signature verification on CFW is disabled so you could (if you are unlucky) end up with a bad flash.

    What CFW do you recommend?


    I recommend latest Habib 4.53 cobra 1.05 CFW because it does not need any spoofs to get online and it’s the most like the OFW you can’t tell it has CFW if you don’t know what is CFW. But like I said previously whatever works works.
     
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    How do I install webman on latest Habib CFW?
    Make sure you have mmcm, multiman or multiman stealth installed 4.53.04 or later.


    Download http://www.deanbg.com/webftp_server.sprx and put it in root of HDD0 with a file called boot_plugins.txt containing this line:
    /dev_hdd0/webftp_server.sprx



    That's it!!!.
     
  3. trumpet-205

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    Couple correction.,

    * Hackers have not found keys past 3.55. Pre 3.55 PS3 were hacked because a critical mistake in ECDSA implementation. Sony fixed it and no CFW were possible past 3.55.
    * ODE does not actually emulate optical drive (except 3k3y flashed with drive key firmware). It requires an exploitable disc inside PS3 drive. This isn't like WODE or xkxy where it truly emulates optical drive.
    * CFW uses custom sys_call, and it is speculated that Sony does check for them when connected to PSN. Homebrew like PSNPatch will temporary disable custom sys_call, allowing safer attempts will connected to PSN.
    * Rebug 999 downgrader is NO longer needed to downgrade PS3. Hackers have found ways to turn QA flag on past 3.56. Simply use Rebug Toolbox to turn QA flag on then downgrade.
    * Never downgrade straight to OFW, as it checks for Level 1 hash. Dehash on 3.55 CFW then move to OFW.
     
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    I agree but they have all the reading keys and future ones also therefore you have to agree there nothing Sony can do to block CFW users.

    It's is still called ODE I don't know/care much about them but it's a solution that exist. There's many guides on the net on this therefore I don't think i have to extrapolate.

    I go from what I think and you can use any CFW while online. Just running homebrew will get you banned. If I do you will be the first to know.

    I was mentionning 999 downgrader not for the QA flag but for the fact that it will FOR SURE install on any CFW. and i know FOR SURE 3.55.2 will install over 999 downgrader. and then FOR SURE any CFW will go thru. but if you are in Rebug might as well turn the QA flags while you are there.

    I am just speaking from what i know/my own experience turning the QA flags on is not mandatory it's just 'safer'. But from I can see, random bricks don't happen. It's just people doing stupid things. I would not install any CFW on any CFW i think its better to go back to 3.55.2 first but it probably will not install on most modern CFW.


    Good advice I will add this.
     
  5. trumpet-205

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    Also, your explanation on upgrade over XMB to prevent bad flash is erroneous.

    To prevent bad flash, it is necessary to check MD5/SHA1 checksum after you place PUP file on USB drive. Update over XMB while you have a mis-matched checksum will still get you into trouble.
     
  6. Cyan

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    I once tested launching homebrew while being online, but I don't have a PSN account, and it was back in 2011 (before custom firmware and banning waves).
    I don't know if Sony banned my console, but I don't think they did.
    Now I'm always offline (behind a proxy, instead of a different DNS, you can add it as a 5th method to prevent online while keeping LAN)


    When you say that launching a Homebrew while being online, it apply only to homebrew, not redirected games path?
    For example, if I don't have multiMAN Stealth, I can launch it offline, select a game, return to XMB, then enable online and launch the redirected PS3 game?
    Sony will only see the official GameID, not multiMAN gameID?


    I didn't touch my console for a year, I'm still on 3.41, but I will soon update to CFW as I still can't play my retail ni no kuni.
    I'll probably go with rebug, but I'll read latest PS3 scene news first to catch up what I missed.
     
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    That not necessary/ I have never heard of that kind of brick. if your MD5/SHA1 checksum is incorrect The PS3 will want nothing of it because it looks for signature and the wont obviously be where the should be. If the file is correctly signed then it will go thru so no worry about a bad file.



    Yes that is correct Cyan! You have a bunch of homebrew installed if you don't run them while online you are ok.
    but it better to uninstall in cases where you are drunk.:grog:

    I was online also back in 2011 but the first ban waves came way later than that I think end of 2012. Like I said they don't look back at your past just the present. I think you should also get a e-mail saying your psn account is banned. I was not online for a few years also as i used the playstation.net method.

    You should skip rebug altogether and go with cobra enabled CFW(rogero or habib). Loading games is faster and compatibility is 100% with ps3 games and you can FTP to your PS3 at ANYTIME. No fixes anymores just rip and play. Webman can be used while online so you don't even have to have multiman stealth.
     
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    Signature and checksum are two different thing, with completely different goal. On CFW, ECDSA, a digital signature, is disabled.

    Signature checks for whether the file is authentic, while checksum checks for whether is the file is damaged.

    All CFW PUPs are signed with pre-3.55 CFW digital signature. All PUPs have unique checksum. Since all CFW PUPs are signed with old digital signature, 3.56+ OFW will reject them. Since CFW has ECDSA disabled, it doesn't check signature at all.

    You cannot insert checksum into a file, because that'll change checksum
     
  9. Magsor
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    So you are saying if I rename notepad.exe to ps3updat.pup and install that it will brick my ps3. I highly doubt that because I would never have a hard time installing any CFW i want It would just always go through and thats not the case. You have to have a valid pup or your PS3 will never want it.
     
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    PS3 will reject "notepad.exe", for a completely different reason. It is not a valid PUP file (archive with proper firmware).

    Put it this way, can I rename a JPEG file into EXE file and execute it? No, because it is not a valid EXE file. No checksum or digital signature is involved.
     
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    The same way a corrupted .exe will not run.
     
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    Oh that depends. For example if I just flip a bit on a EXE file I might be able to get it run, albeit it hangs at some point.

    Hell there are a lot of cases where file is corrupted/damaged due to some bits being flip but still recognized as a valid file. Both checksum and digital signature can catch this. Like I said though, CFW does not check for digital signature, and you cannot embed checksum onto a file (because checksum calculates bit by bit, doing so will alter output).
     
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    Ok I agree that theorytically(however its spelled) that could happen(on flash drive even more;) ). Thanks for all your inputs man its really appreciated.
     
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    I'd rather have a FW which takes it time to finish itself and be stable then to have a buggy quick released FW.
    Besides Rebug is implementing Cobra 7.00 in the latest 4.53 FW.
    it's just a matter of waiting till it gets released.

    I seem to recall a post stating that they where close to release it.
     
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    Can you or someone elaborate on the process and steps to take to go online in the safest manner there currently is? I have read very conflicting accounts on how to do this is safest manner. And that's not to mention the whole group that says basically if you log into PSN your toast. I was hoping when I got my CFW unit that if I took the proper precautions I could have a similar experience that I have with my LT 3+ Xbox360
     
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    I'd rather have a CFW that is closer to OFW and that what is Habib there not much modifications. It's just a personal preference. As long as it get the things that you want done every CFW is the same. If they come out with some awesome new feature I will not hesitate to switch to rebug.

    Safest is installing OFW ;) Really every time I do something I have never done (like using webman for the first time online) I put myself at risk and I could as well be banned by now as I am willing to take the risk. I can only vouch on what I have done (like running no homebrew) some people take risk in life, and some don't. The earth is not flat i can tell you that.
     
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    Not a bad FAQ, but I thought with the some of the E3 flashers were solder less, and just clip on to the ps3?
     
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    Can you explain the optical drive emulators a bit more?

    For instance, I have a PS3 with a blu-ray that doesn't seem to load disks right. Can I install Cobra on that or does it need a working blu-ray?
     
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    One Question .

    Can I Copy Games from Internal (PS3) to my external hard drive ???
     
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    I know its Possible todo a copy from the PS3 Hard Drive with FTP or mmOS tomy external HDD ... But will I get all files I require?

    But im Worried if I have updated my Games.. IDK ... gah1 IM GONNA try this before i get to worked up about it ..