Sony Updates PS3 Firmware To Fight Hackers

Sony Updates PS3 Firmware To Fight Hackers

Sony Updates PS3 Firmware To Fight Hackers

Pushes 3.56 update to consoles, blocking homebrew and piracy, but apparently not for long.

Sony has released a firmware update for the PlayStation 3 to keep hackers off PlayStation Network.

According to a post on the Playstation Blog, system software 3.56 is a “minor update that adds a security patch.” It introduces a new encryption key which kills all existing homebrew functionality.
Pushes 3.56 update to consoles, blocking homebrew and piracy, but apparently not for long.

 

Sony has released a firmware update for the PlayStation 3 to keep hackers off PlayStation Network.

According to a post on the Playstation Blog, system software 3.56 is a “minor update that adds a security patch.” It introduces a new encryption key which kills all existing homebrew functionality.

With PSN updated to only allow users to sign in if their system reports it is running 3.56, users running custom firmware – which spoofs version 3.55 – will be prompted to update when they try to log in to the online service.

Perhaps inevitably, the PS3 hacking scene was quick to break the encryption, with Wii hacker Youness Alaoui, also known as KaKaRoToKs, announcing on Twitter that he had unpacked the firmware and published its signing keys within hours of noticing that the update was available.

As such it would appear to be only a matter of time until new custom firmware is released that spoofs 3.56 and re-enables PSN access, though we’ll find out more in the coming hours.

This is Sony’s first attempt to re-secure its console since it was hacked wide open over Christmas. It told us earlier this month that it would re-secure the console by way of network updates, a claim that was disputed at the time and, it now appears, with good reason.