Exposed security keys allow 1st custom PS3 firmware

Exposed security keys allow 1st custom PS3 firmware.

[newsimage]http://static.rankone.nl/images_posts/2011/01/26Z4A.jpg[/newsimage]Last week we reported details regarding the PS3 hack demonstration put on by Hector Martin, who goes by the alias marcan, and the rest of the Fail0verflow team at the 27th Chaos Communication Congress (27C3) hacker conference in Germany. Now, as a result of the tools created by the Fail0verflow team, the very first custom firmware for the PS3 has been released.


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I know nothing about PS3 firmware, but I wonder if it would be possible now to examine how Cinavia audio watermarking DRM was enabled in the PS3 firmware, and produce a custom firmware without it? If so, this would be a blow against a very nasty form of DRM that has the potential to become a major threat to fair use rights in blu ray video.

[QUOTE=Kerry56;2567661]I know nothing about PS3 firmware, but I wonder if it would be possible now to examine how Cinavia audio watermarking DRM was enabled in the PS3 firmware, and produce a custom firmware without it? If so, this would be a blow against a very nasty form of DRM that has the potential to become a major threat to fair use rights in blu ray video.[/QUOTE]
If they do that, I’ll consider buying another PS3, instead of an atom based HTPC with XBMC :wink:

There is already a way to bypass Cinavia on the PS3
http://www.mkv2vob.com/showthread.php?tid=1962&page=1

^I had seen both threads, but the mkv2vob tool seems to be partially broken in its latest release. They may get it working better soon.

Attacking the firmware would just be another approach to taking out Cinavia.

Would the copy protection be in the firmware, or in the bluray playback software?

If its in the playback software, if someone makes another media player for the ps3, say xbmc, and xbmc doesn’t have the protection, isn’t that another possible way around it?

^Cinavia is a watermark in the audio stream and is proving to be a very tough cookie to remove. Sony updated the firmware of the PS3 so that it would detect the watermark in playback and stop playback after a certain amount of time. The detection process seems to occur in the software player built into the PS3, but of course, does not happen on PS3’s with earlier firmware.

But bundling another player into the PS3?..don’t know about that.

It will be interesting to see what the guys over at doom9 and a few other sites come up with trying to hack the firmware though.

Seems like a new video player would do the trick. Now that any app can be signed and detected as “official”, I wouldn’t be surprised if a new homebrew Blu-ray Disc player app was released for PS3.