For almost two years, the PS5 was positioned as a console where piracy was a rare sight. However, it looks like this could change soon, as this piece of hardware has suffered from a jailbreak that not only opens the doors to see a series of interesting changesbut it could also make game piracy easier.
According to MP1ST, the hacker known as TheFloW recently shared a document revealing a partnership with PlayStation, in order to iron out major bugs and security flaws on their platform. This disclosure, as a result, detailed how a vulnerability in BD-J (Blu-ray Disc Java) allowed TheFloW to gain access to the kernel in the console.
The interesting thing is that a patch for this glitch came to PS4 two years ago, just before the release of PS5. As a result, various members of the community started working on this security flaw. One of these people is Sleirsgoevy, who a couple of days ago shared her results on GitHub.
It is important to mention that this exploit can only be run on consoles running firmware version 4.0 3, which was released in October 2021. That means if you have been using your console ever since to play online and are up to date with the latest updates, this exploit will not work on your system. This was what was said about it:
“The exploit strategy is based for the most part on TheFlow’s BSD/PS4 PoC with a few changes to accommodate PS5’s annoying memory layout (for more information, see the Research Notes section). Sets an arbitrary (semi-arbitrary) read/write primitive. This exploit and its capabilities have many limitations and as such it is primarily intended for developers to tinker with reverse engineering some parts of the system.
Also note; stability is pretty low, especially when compared to PS4 exploits. This is due to the nature of the bug being tied to a race condition, as well as the PS5’s memory design and mitigations. This document will contain research information about the PS5 and this exploit.”
Although this jailbreak is very likely to be used for hacking, this also allows hackers and developers to modify various aspects than is possible with games right now. One of the cases that have been mentioned in the past is the possibility of offering a higher resolution and frame rate to games like Bloodborne.
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