The indefatigable coders continue to dig in the guts of the firmware of the PlayStation 4 — and quite successfully. Hacking consoles of the eighth generation have always been the hackers a matter of honor, but that the device from Sony for a long time kept a stiff upper lip: a company with enviable speed eliminated any loopholes which could allow the attacker to bypass protection.
Since then, as autumn came the exploit namedobj, crackers went up the hill — then on the console for the first time managed to run unsigned code. Now fallen Bastion “from” firmware 4.55 (published 11 April 2017). Modified ROM still requires improvements, but many are already talking about a functional jailbreak and prospects to bypass the protection on the newer versions.
Through the efforts of two hackers — Alexey Kozlov AlexZzZ9 and qwertyoruiop — managed to find a way for version 4.55. Alex worked on hacking the firmware 5.05, and qwertyoruiop gave him access to their developments for its outdated iteration (4.55). The result of joint work was the original exploit called “bpf”. Its function is very simple: it bypasses the security system consoles and allows to run arbitrary code with higher privileges, as well as “listening” on a network port 9020 to download and run additional packages. The developers also noted that their work doesn’T bypass a protection system against piracy and does NOT run “third party apps” — only executes unsigned code. Craftsmen warn that in the modified still has some bugs, but work on this is already underway, and while the most impatient already run pirated games.
Early to rejoice, after all, many gamers are simply no devices with old firmware. And those who managed to avoid automatic updates, can’t run everything: most of the games require actual software. But the most interesting thing to come: the pirates already planning on hacking the latest versions of Sony consoles. Japanese Corporation, of course, regularly patches the holes, but this is unlikely to stop hackers who are already looking for a approach to (the most current at the moment) version 5.05.