>New PS3 Firmware Contains Backdoor

>The official PS3 firmware v3.56 is said to contain a rootkit which allow Sony to perform remote code execution upon connection to the PlayStation network.

For those who are curious about the new PS3 security, it seems Sony has implemented something in 3.56 I mentioned here a few weeks ago that is the same as Microsoft uses to detect and ban 360’s.

Mathieulh just posted about it on IRC.

Essentially Sony can now remotely execute code on the PS3 as soon as you connect. This can do whatever Sony wants it to do such as verifying system files or searching for homebrew. Sony can change the code and add new detection methods without any firmware updates and as the code executes remotely there is no reliable way to forge the replies.

Whilst it is possible to patch or remove this code from the firmware this will likely mean the end of playing CFW online (as PSN can just check before login that this is active) or at the very least mean it will be even easier for Sony to detect and ban users.

Judging from the fact that people can still connect using the proxy method it seems Sony hasn’t activated any of this yet but the functions are there in the new firmware.


This means is that Sony can scan for specific files on your PS3 console—such as custom firmwares and hombrew applications—and send a report back to the company.

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24 Responses to >New PS3 Firmware Contains Backdoor

  1. Blops Killer says:

    >Glad I was too lazy to mod my PS3

  2. Evan says:

    >Need to show this to some of my friends :O Thanks for bringing this to my attention

  3. ec92 says:

    >Thanks for the update. I've been somewhat following the PS3 scene and I hadn't heard of this yet.

  4. Fruffles says:

    >Too bad I don't have a PS3

  5. anoodle says:

    >"the code executes remotely"Lol no. I can assure you that there is no way to run a program on your PS3's CPU without that program residing in your PS3's memory.

  6. Vapor says:

    >Don't worry, in a few months someone will figure out how to get around it.

  7. >That is good information, totally unaware of sony's shenanigans.

  8. LeX says:

    >but who wwill be stupid enough to update?

  9. mrecan says:

    >damn im not buying ps3 until these wars are over

  10. Con Queso says:

    >Man that's pretty lame, I hate getting auto-updates and being screwed over them.

  11. Doo says:

    >Sony want's to control you all, ha ha ha

  12. >Sony can now download all the porn you have saved on your harddrive

  13. Tsipise says:

    >This must be totally illegal, in my opinion.Following!

  14. Copyboy says:

    >Yeah, now's the time I wish I upgraded my Nintendo Game Cube.

  15. Les says:

    >I doubt this is illegal, and honestly I don't have a problem with them doing it. They're just protecting thier interests as a company.

  16. jake7291 says:

    >damn, thanks for pointing this outlooking forward to some more posts of yours

  17. >Sony: "EXECUTE ORDER 66."

  18. Isaac says:

    >wow kinda scary actually

  19. Das Auto! says:

    >I'm gonna load up my PS3's hard drive with picture of my balls. That'll show 'em.

  20. >There will be a way around it. There's always a way around these kinds of things.

  21. >hahaha! das auto, nice one

  22. Hans Krüger says:

    >I hate it when corporations introduce measures to control or influence the stuff you run on their devices. Unfortunately, that seems more and more common …

  23. HiFi says:

    >Awesome. I didn't know about this prior to reading your post. I don't have a PS3 myself, but I'm sure this is going to have at least a few PS3 players miffed.

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