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Tuesday, 11 January 2011 10:17

PS3 root key already equals piracy

Written by David Stellmack
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Screenshot shows that it is possible to do
Sony is wrestling with the security breach that has seen the root key for the PlayStation 3 published, and while that alone didn’t equal piracy a new screenshot that is making the rounds does indeed show that this now is possible.

The video shows a pirated copy of Castlevania that is loaded on the internal hard drive and ready to play. The good news, if there is any, is that taking a PS3 disc and making an image that is downloadable is quite complex. The lack of tools to handle this process at the moment is also a good thing, as apparently most of this has to be done by hand. This should give Sony some time to look at their options to deal with the issue.

So far, Sony has had little comment about the PS3 root key being published, other than to say that they were aware of the issue and they planned to patch the system to deal with the issue. Of course, beyond this there is little known of what Sony’s strategy might be to deal with the problems.

Hackers are insisting that short of a hardware redesign the genie is out of the bottle, so to speak, and it will be pretty much impossible for Sony to effectively create a patch to deal with this issue.


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+3 #1 yasin 2011-01-11 10:49
maybe they will put some security on the disks themselves...
 
 
+5 #2 ghelyar 2011-01-11 13:30
Quote:
Hackers are insisting that short of a hardware redesign the genie is out of the bottle, so to speak, and it will be pretty much impossible for Sony to effectively create a patch to deal with this issue.




Anyone with a basic working knowledge of asymmetric encryption would agree with them.

Expiring the old key pair would stop existing content from working. They could create a new key but it would only protect new titles.

When releasing the PS4, people don't expect their old content to work on it so changing the key is not a problem.
 
 
+7 #3 Th3pwn3r 2011-01-11 18:07
Owning a PS3 is much more tempting now knowing I can get games for $Free.99 :D

Maybe this is all a conspiracy to sell more consoles while paralyzing sales of games.
 
 
-5 #4 Warrior24_7 2011-01-11 19:40
And they said it wasn't about piracy...ha! Whoever believed that is dumb as a door knob! :o Brick the systems Sony! M$ did it to the chinese PCs
 
 
+6 #5 TechHog 2011-01-11 22:31
Quoting Warrior24_7:
And they said it wasn't about piracy...ha! Whoever believed that is dumb as a door knob! :o Brick the systems Sony! M$ did it to the chinese PCs

The irony in you saying this is that NVidia makes the PS3 GPU. YOU HAVE BETRAYED YOUR COMPANY! :D :D :D :D
 
 
+3 #6 Fud_u 2011-01-12 01:26
Sigh... Bless the game studio and hope they still make a profit. As for me? I mostly wait for it to get in the bargain bin and or buy used/pre-owned.
 
 
+1 #7 123s 2011-01-12 16:01
Sonys fault for killing of linux, great news :)
 
 
-4 #8 Warrior24_7 2011-01-13 03:19
Quoting TechHog:
Quoting Warrior24_7:
And they said it wasn't about piracy...ha! Whoever believed that is dumb as a door knob! :o Brick the systems Sony! M$ did it to the chinese PCs

The irony in you saying this is that NVidia makes the PS3 GPU. YOU HAVE BETRAYED YOUR COMPANY! :D :D :D :D

The irony is that Nvidia has nothing to do with this, hackers do. Brick the systems and make them buy new ones!! Sony AND Nvidia win both ways!! :-)
 
 
0 #9 ghelyar 2011-01-13 12:23
Quoting 123s:
Sonys fault for killing of linux, great news :)




It has nothing to do with Linux. Even on Linux, if you use pgp/openssl and someone gets your private key, you can't continue to keep using that key securely.
 
 
+2 #10 123s 2011-01-13 14:21
Quoting ghelyar:
Quoting 123s:
Sonys fault for killing of linux, great news :)




It has nothing to do with Linux. Even on Linux, if you use pgp/openssl and someone gets your private key, you can't continue to keep using that key securely.
Yes but the linux removal very likely provoked the hackers to hack it and in the process they found the masterkey
 

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