Hacker Claims To Have The PS3's Front Door Keys

Famed hacker George "GeoHot" Hotz, who among other things cracked the iPhone, reckons he's found what are essentially the keys to the PlayStation 3. And has posted them online for the world to see.

While a group claimed last week that they'd done much the same thing, and were in the process of releasing tools to allow people to install Linux on their system, geohot has gone a step further and simply published the PS3's "root key".

The root key is a signature of sorts, that lets the PS3 know that the program that's about to run in the console is a legitimate piece of software. If it's now out there, then once people start messing around with it, they'll be able to whip up anything - be that custom software or pirated games - and trick the console into thinking it's OK to load.

Meanwhile, the team from last week's news - fail0verflow - have as promised released some "PS3 development tools" for hackers to mess around with. If the homebrew scene is your scene, and you'd like to take a look at what the PS3 can do without Sony calling the shots, you can find those here.

[geohot]


Comments

    i thought this guy quit after being flamed all the time and not making progress, but on his site it did say

    "if you want your next console to be secure, get in touch with me. any of you 3.
    it'd be fun to be on the other side."

    which is something each company needs to consider for the next generation to prevent this kind of thing, it takes a Hacker to prevent a Hacker (or a better one at least)

    @Matthew

    For every smart hacker in the world, there is a smarter one around the corner.

    This will never end. Sure, PS4, XBOX720 (or whatever the next respective consoles will be called the next *might* be more secure, it *will* be hacked. All that is needed is time.

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