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.