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PS3 LV0 keys leaked!

Post by Alya Mizar (Tsybil) » Wed Oct 24, 2012 4:09 pm

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PS3 piracy fans are rejoicing at the news that the “LV0″ PS3 encryption keys have been leaked, allowing the console to be fully and irreversibly hacked for good.

The keys will likely allow full custom firmware access, alternative OS support, and the possibility of rolling back the more recent firmware versions, which were formerly all but unhackable.

The release of the keys will likely also lead to a resumption of widespread PS3 piracy, assuming PS3 hackers can get past the back-biting, squabbling and money-grubbing which seems to have done as much to prevent PS3 piracy as any of of Sony’s lawyers and engineers.

Some expert analysis:

The release of the new custom firmware – and the LV0 decryption keys in particular – poses serious issues.

While Sony will almost certainly change the PSN passphrase once again in the upcoming 4.30 update, the reveal of the LV0 key basically means that any system update released by Sony going forward can be decrypted with little or no effort whatsoever.

Options Sony has in battling this leak are limited – every PS3 out there needs to be able to decrypt any firmware download package in order for the console to be updated (a 2006 launch PS3 can still update directly to the latest software).

The release of the LV0 key allows for that to be achieved on PC, with the CoreOS and XMB files then re-encrypted using the existing 3.55 keys in order to be run on hacked consoles.

So just how did LV0 come to be released at all? The original hackers who first found the master key – calling themselves “The Three Tuskateers” – apparently sat on its discovery for some time.

However, the information leaked and ended up being the means by which a new Chinese hacking outfit – dubbed “BlueDiskCFW” planned to charge for and release new custom firmware updates.

To stop these people profiteering from their work, the “Muskateers” released the LV0 key and within 24 hours, a free CFW update was released.

“You can be sure that if it wouldn’t have been for this leak, this key would never have seen the light of day, only the fear of our work being used by others to make money out of it has forced us to release this now,” a statement from the hacker group says.

Of course, with the PS3 all but obsolete, the PS4 presumably just on the horizon and the PS3 having enjoyed the status of being probably the most piracy-free platform in gaming history, it seems likely Sony had good cause to declare victory years ago.
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Re: PS3 LV0 keys leaked!

Post by Shirai » Thu Oct 25, 2012 7:44 am

Fun article, though I hardly pirate any games anymore.
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Post by Alya Mizar (Tsybil) » Thu Oct 25, 2012 3:58 pm

Still want an alternate operating system?
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Post by Shirai » Thu Oct 25, 2012 9:05 pm

Naw, even though my PS3's waranty is a long time over its expiration I'll leave it as it with Sony's OS, it runs fine and I don't really want to have to replace the machine prematurely because I screwed up somewhere.
PS3 consoles still cost quite a sum of money and I'd rather spend that on something else or put it aside in case something more important breaks or when an unexpected bill drops on my doormat...

If I want a machine to tinker with I'll grab my Raspberry Pi and an empty SD card which I can format without consequense if I screw up and "brick" the machine.
That thing is meant to be tinkered with.

Bricking a PS3/Xbox/any other game console or pre-fab machine by installing/running software which is not released/certified by the manufacturer usually means game over.
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Re: PS3 LV0 keys leaked!

Post by Tivia » Tue Oct 30, 2012 1:07 am

Funny thing is I never pirated a single game on my PS3. However I have multiple old versions and 1 of them I reserve exclusively for this type of thing. You can better bet it will be fully hacked with this, if for no other reason because I can.
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Post by Alya Mizar (Tsybil) » Tue Oct 30, 2012 4:32 am

I thought someone here would think JUST like that.
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Post by Shirai » Wed Oct 31, 2012 4:28 am

And I knew it would be Tivia. ;)
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Post by Tivia » Thu Nov 01, 2012 1:14 am

You know me well. :D
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Re: PS3 LV0 keys leaked!

Post by Alya Mizar (Tsybil) » Fri Nov 02, 2012 3:11 am

Tivia wrote:You know me well. :D
Yeah... that particular someone.

:rofl: :lol: :rofl:
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