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Geohot demos homebrew on ‘jailbroken’ PS3, Sony vows to ‘fix’ via software update (video)

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We just saw how you can now add an Install Package Files option to the PS3 using some custom firmware, but that darn hacker George “Geohot” Hotz has taken it a step further by demonstrating homebrew in a quick, Mr. Blurrycam-approved video. It’s a barebones app that only says “sup dawg, it’s geohot,” but in reality it’s a pretty huge step. Geohot’s provided the file on his website along with a copy of the METLDR root key that enables the homebrew. Sony, meanwhile, has issued a statement saying it’ll “fix the issues through network updates, but because this is a security issue, we are not able to provide you with any more details.” This runs counter to what pytey from fail0verflow (the famed group that kickstarted this new round of hacking) just told the BBC, “the only way to fix this is to issue new hardware… Sony will have to accept this.” Hey, at least you’ll be in good company, eh Sony? Check out geohot’s proof of concept video after the break.

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Geohot demos homebrew on ‘jailbroken’ PS3, Sony vows to ‘fix’ via software update (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 07 Jan 2011 10:14:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Windows XP partially re-created in LittleBigPlanet 2, ups the stakes for gamer ambitiousness (video)

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We’ve seen an CHIP-8 emulator and even a virtual CPU built inside games, but we’ve yet to encounter a game recreation of Windows. Thanks to a quartet of industrious LittleBigPlanet 2 beta players, though, we can now finally check that off in our copy of 100 Geeky Projects You Must Witness Before Dying. As the video above shows, major Windows functions they’ve emulated to date include a working start menu and mouse cursor, multiplayer support for a variety of bloatware games, and even the good ole’ blue screen of death. That’s pretty impressive stuff from an ambitious platforming title that won’t officially ship until mid-January. Needless to say, once the full version arrives, we expect to see a working copy of Lion running stat. You heard us folks — we’re setting the bar that high.

Windows XP partially re-created in LittleBigPlanet 2, ups the stakes for gamer ambitiousness (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 01 Jan 2011 12:33:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Hackers obtain PS3 private cryptography key due to epic programming fail? (update)

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The 27th annual Chaos Communication Conference already hacked encrypted GSM calls with a $15 cellphone, but there was a second surprise in store this morn — the souls who unlocked the Nintendo Wii’s homebrew potential (and defended it time and again) claim to have broken into the PlayStation 3 as well. Last we left the black monolith, Sony had won a round, forcing the community to downgrade their firmware for any hope at hacking into the console. Well, the newly formed fail0verflow hacking squad says that won’t be a problem any longer, because they’ve found a way to get the PS3 to reveal its own private cryptography key — the magic password that could let the community sign its very own code.

So far, the team hasn’t provided any proof that the deed’s been done, but they have provided quite an extensive explanation of how they managed the feat: apparently, Sony didn’t bother generating any random numbers to secure the blasted thing. (We don’t really know how it works, but we have it on good authority that dead cryptography professors are rapidly spinning in their graves.) The group intends to generate a proof-of-concept video tomorrow, and release the tools sometime next month, which they claim should eventually enable the installation of Linux on every PS3 ever sold. Catch the whole presentation after the break in video form, or skip to 33:00 for the good stuff.

Update: The proof-of-concept vid is a bit underwhelming — fail0verflow had to SSH into a PS3 over ethernet — but it’s here nonetheless. See it after the break, and find the team’s full set of presentation slides at our more coverage link. [Thanks, Paolo S.]

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Hackers obtain PS3 private cryptography key due to epic programming fail? (update) originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 29 Dec 2010 19:48:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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