Hacker Lance McDonald posted a video of his newly jailbroken PS5 console on Twitter showing some of the settings that are now enabled. Most notably, the new ability to install custom packages. Other features include enabling developer options and even hidden developer tools while playing games.
Of course, the most exciting part of the PS5 jailbreak comes at the end of the video where the hacker installs the popular Silent Hills PT Demo that was officially pulled from the PlayStation Store a few years ago. The hacker doesn’t show the game launch, but the fact that it can be installed is a huge step towards installing and playing non-officially licensed games for the PS5.
A limited but working jailbreak has been released for PlayStation 5 devices, which may allow players to install unsigned or unofficial software.
The news was reported on Twitter by Modder Lance McDonald, who has already made a name for himself by releasing an unofficial patch that got Bloodborne running at 60fps on PS4. Although MacDonald doesn’t seem to have discovered the PS5 jailbreak himself, he did show some footage of him in action.
In addition to showing that the jailbreak gives him access to the debug menu, it also states that it allows him to install a PS4 PKG file (i.e. save a game), proving this by installing a now-deleted PT dmo.
At this point, the jailbreak will be very limited, and will only work on PS5 consoles with firmware version 4.03, which was released in October 2021 and replaced by version 4.50 in December 2021.
According to the exploit creator, it might be possible to jailbreak PS5 consoles with firmware versions earlier than 4.03, but with newer firmware versions, it won’t work for now.
Even if the player owns a console with the 4.03 firmware, the creator of the vulnerability warns that it will still only run about 30% of the time, usually requiring multiple attempts to boot.
It is claimed that even once a player does, they will be completely restricted in what they can do at this point. While the exploit is supposed to give read/write access, it does not grant executable access. This means that while McDonald’s was allegedly able to install a PT teaser on its PS5, it won’t be able to play it yet.
Given the limitations of the alleged exploit and the fact that it only works on a one-year-old firmware version, it could potentially come in handy for other hackers curious to know how it works, and perhaps serve as a starting point for something more effective.
However, it would be a concern for Sony to see some progress, albeit slight, in attempts to bypass PS5 security.
So how did it go, you ask? This is a really good question, it might roughly look like this:
PlayStation, in partnership with a program called Hacker One, is currently making payments of varying amounts to ethical hackers to submit reports revealing vulnerabilities they discover in PlayStation hardware and software systems. One such hacker, code-named TheFloW, revealed on September 21, 2022 a vulnerability – which appears to have already existed on PlayStation 4 even before the new console was released – that would allow access to the kernel on PS5.
In very general terms, having kernel-level access means that hackers can take full control of the PS5’s firmware, which in theory should allow them to do all kinds of things, from unlocking system-level restrictions to applying custom patches and tweaks to games or running software Unsigned and (of course) pirated games.
Following TheFloW’s report, which is now public again and contains the information needed for this exploit to occur, it only took a few days for the hacking community as a whole to produce a working exploit, which you can see in action in Lance’s tweet above.
While this exploit only works on consoles running firmware version 4.03 or lower and does not currently allow pirated games to be played on PS5, or many other things worth noting at this early stage, it opens up a huge scope for the future homebrew community. – Both constructive and illegal sides of it.
source : Lance MacDonald
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