The First Custom Firmware For PS3 Has Been Created
Right behind the recent news that PS3′s root key has been obtained, Sony’s hacker-related headaches continue apace. Today, hacker kakaroto announced on his blog that he has created the world’s first custom firmware for the previously uncrackable console:
This firmware will not allow you to run the currently available homebrew application. Once the homebrew developers re-package their files in a ‘retail’ .pkg format with signed executable, then it will work (this should be coming soon thanks to the work of the fail0verflow team).
Since the kernel is left unmodified, this means that this custom firmware is really meant for future homebrew installation, and it will not allow piracy. I plan on keeping it that way.
This is just the first attempt at custom firmware, and it only contains a minor modification to allow you to install pkg files directly, eventually we’ll get some more options added to it in the future. This is just starting to get interesting!”
Pretty cool, but if you want to find out if it works, you’re going to have to put in a little effort of your own. To protect himself legally, instead of releasing it Kakaroto is subjecting his process itself to what amounts to peer review instead:
Because of legal/copyright issues, I will not provide the custom firmware to anyone, however, I’ve made available all the tools necessary to transform an Official firmware update, into a custom one.
You can read all the details at his site. We’ll keep our eyes on this story to see whether or not it actually works. If so we can hopefully expect a lot of custom content for the PS3 soon, at least until their legal team decides on a strategy, which may or may not be under development. See here for why.