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PS3 3.42 Firmware Update Stops Jailbreaking

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 72 comments

That didn't take long.

Over the last few weeks there has been a lot of discussion regarding the jailbreaking of the PlayStation 3. Late August saw the availability of PS Jailbreak, a USB hacking tool from an Asian company. However, it seems Sony is aiming to nip things in the bud with the next firmware update.

The BBC reports that, though the release of the latest update for the PS3, 3.42, doesn't add any functionality, it does block both the PSJailbreak and PSGroove applications. This is a mandatory update, which means if you want to continue PlayStation Network or the PlayStation Store you have to update.

Sony recently won an injunction against two Australian retailers who were selling the PS Jailbreak dongle. The injunction was a temporary one, lasting until August 31. Sony had until that date to make a case for a permanent ban on the PS Jailbreak USBs. According to the BBC, Sony also has also taken steps to stop the sale of the dongle in the U.S. and the Netherlands.

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  • 23 Hide
    redzoneos , September 8, 2010 2:57 AM
    epic battle begins. Sony updates firmware. Hackers crack firmware and release updated jailbreak. sony updates firmware. Hackers re-release updated jailbreak.
  • 20 Hide
    renami9 , September 8, 2010 3:20 AM
    Hackers Vs Playstation

    Round 1

    FIGHT!!!!!
  • 13 Hide
    webbwbb , September 8, 2010 2:57 AM
    So it has now entered the same ground as the PSP. Hacker breaks past the security and allows "backups", Sony blocks that specific attack, repeat.
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  • 23 Hide
    redzoneos , September 8, 2010 2:57 AM
    epic battle begins. Sony updates firmware. Hackers crack firmware and release updated jailbreak. sony updates firmware. Hackers re-release updated jailbreak.
  • 13 Hide
    webbwbb , September 8, 2010 2:57 AM
    So it has now entered the same ground as the PSP. Hacker breaks past the security and allows "backups", Sony blocks that specific attack, repeat.
  • 12 Hide
    carlhenry , September 8, 2010 3:01 AM
    wash rinse and dry. it's always discouraging when pirating AGAIN becomes an issue. i guess devs should look into PC's again since every console is now hackable.
  • 20 Hide
    renami9 , September 8, 2010 3:20 AM
    Hackers Vs Playstation

    Round 1

    FIGHT!!!!!
  • 3 Hide
    aznguy0028 , September 8, 2010 3:21 AM
    carlhenrywash rinse and dry. it's always discouraging when pirating AGAIN becomes an issue. i guess devs should look into PC's again since every console is now hackable.

    I wonder what excuses dev's are going to come up this time instead of piracy, to blame when their crap game doesn't sell millions.
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    rhino13 , September 8, 2010 3:29 AM
    Hey I have an idea!
    They could make 3.42 an "Update" by giving us Linux suport back!
    That way I wouldn't be frustrated by the fact Sony is needlessly taking my bandwidth cause they suspect I'm a pirate.
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    jalek , September 8, 2010 3:32 AM
    Oh well, nobody actually wants any new features or existing ones fixed anyway.
    Time for the next console apparently, Sony'll have their developers tied up with increasing DRM controls and other things that gain users nothing but stops a handful from getting something for nothing for a while.

    I prefer XBL's system, let them pirate, then ban the machine from the network and from being fully functional offline.
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    chick0n , September 8, 2010 3:34 AM
    Its actually a pretty simple fix.

    Sony just gotta update certain code on the USB side of things and the hack will be history.

    Good job Sony.
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    elcentral , September 8, 2010 3:40 AM
    love that they getting hacked. maby some game developers goes to pc yet agen.
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    HibyPrime , September 8, 2010 4:00 AM
    You know, the home-brew argument would be a non-issue if they opened up the PSN (applies to XBL) to people just writing apps at home. It's not unheard of at all, the iTunes app store and Android marketplace already allow it, why can't PSN/XBL?

    Not to mention the things we've been using for decades that allow unsigned code to be executed, yet somehow is on the absolute bleeding edge of gaming hardware innovation, and very alive in the gaming distribution market. PCs.
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    Gin Fushicho , September 8, 2010 4:32 AM
    It sure is taking it's time to download. =/
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    soundping , September 8, 2010 4:41 AM
    You know Sony at some point will release an update that will brick consoles. I would wait a week are so before updating.
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    Mundus33 , September 8, 2010 4:47 AM
    I don't understand why people assume this will drive developers/publishers back to the pc. Lets see here:

    1. go back to pc and have to handle their own drm. This in turn drives people away from your games and increases piracy. It also costs money and development time to make these drm. Also have to deal with much more demanding, whiney, and entitled fan group. If you don't create drm you will still lose a good deal of money to piracy (look at world of goo such a shame, not only from an indie developer a.k.a. not the "man" but ridiculously cheap to begin with)

    2. Make their games just like before and let Microsoft/Sony foot the bill and their time to get rid of piracy. Being able to sell to idiots and kids who think any game that falls out of a developer is pure gold and is willing to not only pay fees just to access their internet which they already pay for a.k.a xbox live(obviously developers and publishers don't see a nickel of this money but knowing your audience is willing to spend money on just about anything is a big plus) but also pay more for games in general not to mention how much shorter the games are than they used to be.

    If you were a developer/publisher looking at the bottom line what would you choose.

    On a side note I am primarily a pc gamer and I do own a 360 (no live account I play online on my pc) which I do play games on when those games get down to a price I am willing to pay which considering how fast used game prices fall isn't too long.
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    Dkz , September 8, 2010 4:50 AM
    It's like a dog chasing it's own tail, some times it gets it some times it doesn't.
    Oh but it feels so happy when it does! so Cute!
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    Anonymous , September 8, 2010 4:58 AM
    I hope they come back and rehack it soon. I usually don't like piracy but the devs have become so greedy. charging you to use their services + the online fees of plus. Sony is double taxing you for anything you buy with cards. This sucks for the kids who want to get two $9.99 games and have to buy $44 worth of cards to cover the tax on the system.
    They hold out on DLC which just unlocks content already on th disc. This wasn't a trend in the past. The people are just standing up for themselves for once.
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    thechief73 , September 8, 2010 5:03 AM
    Wow there must be a heck alot of pirating fan boy thives that read these posts, because everytime I post a positive comment about fighting gaming piracy on any platform I get down-voted.

    Go-Ahead and down-vote this too, and keep on stealing things because that must be the only way to get the industry to change its ways. Idiots.

    And for those of you think I was flamming Microsoft Im NOT I have a 360, its just the time that it took them to finally take action that I was commenting about.
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    Mundus33 , September 8, 2010 5:21 AM
    thechief73Wow there must be a heck alot of pirating fan boy thives that read these posts, because everytime I post a positive comment about fighting gaming piracy on any platform I get down-voted. Go-Ahead and down-vote this too, and keep on stealing things because that must be the only way to get the industry to change its ways. Idiots.And for those of you think I was flamming Microsoft Im NOT I have a 360, its just the time that it took them to finally take action that I was commenting about.


    You didn't know there is a group who tries to uphold grammatical correctness and they voted you down for misusing hear instead of here. /jk :p 

    All kidding aside I was surprised and a little disappointed when there was nothing bad about your post and yet it had so many thumbs down.

    Guy's that are doing this I doubt the intention of the rating system was to silence those you disagree with it was probably put into place to hide spam and silence trolls. For being allegedly enlightened a lot of pirates don't realize discussion does not exist without opposing opinions without that it becomes a big circle jerk of group think, ignorance and hate.

    To those pirates angry at me for saying this I am upholding your right to disagree with anti-pirates as well.
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    xerroz , September 8, 2010 5:33 AM
    Oh boy, $ony is gonna lose the battle in the long run, console makers should just ignore this issue tbh, they waste money on trying to fix something and the minute they block something, something else pops up. I give it at least a month before we see another jailbreak method.
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    digitalrazoe , September 8, 2010 6:19 AM
    --you know . Its times like these I realize why I never buy Sony products anymore! Sony .. Really ? You don't think that there are people that are capable of developing something wonderful on a hardware platform that you continue to ****block ? Stop already and join the OpenSource world! let us jailbreak !! Set our processors free! Else get out of the business and quit screwing with evolution! Because the innovative public is NOT impressed!
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