Sony has been putting up an admirable defense in regards to the PS3′s stability, regardless of previous successes in cracking the system (let’s not get into the PSN outage though– painful memories). While users were able to run wild thanks to Geohot a few years back, and still can with some menial effort and a PS3 on firmware 3.55 or lower, it’s never been exactly easy to infiltrate the black box o’ blu-ray.
This is in part thanks to the fallibility of previous attempts at breaking into the system, which were widely able to be patched out by Sony. Now, though, they might be defenseless, as a new method of cracking the system has been released that targets the deepest form of security the PS3 has: the Lv0 decryption keys.
Long story short, the Lv0 keys mean that any future firmware updates released by Sony will be breakable with relative (ease with those who know how to do that sort of thing, of course). Previous attempts at this manipulated specific weaknesses of the system, but this is something Sony can’t alter without releasing a brand-new platform that fundamentally alters it. Lv0 is the initial step that allows the PS3 to do anything, from reading the decryption keys of games, the hard drive, etc.
If they patched it out completely, all of us faithful users wouldn’t be able to do jack squat on our system, and if they altered the keys, those with the know-how would be able to figure out exactly what Sony did with minimal effort. Oh, and it also appears that people with cracked systems will now be able to play online, no problem whatsoever.
This will ultimately end up like the PSP did: a constant back and forth battle, to Sony’s dismay, because there’s nothing that can truly be done to stop this. As someone who doesn’t understand the intricacy of this issue, I readily admit this is all my interpretation of what’s happened, but many other gaming sites seem to echo my sentiments. Eurogamer has additionally taken a look into how this happened, if you’re interested; as for how to do it? Here’s a link.
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