Sony Playstation 3 Official Firmware 3.56 Released
Today, a new official PS3 firmware was released by Sony. As expected, all keys were changed and it disables homebrew. It has also been reported that while entering factory mode is still possible, you can’t exit it with the Lv2diag.self that used to work previously. If you wish to keep using homebrew software, do not update to 3.56 for now.
PS3 Firmware 3.56 Includes a Rootkit
Reports around the globe seem to indicate that [COLOR=blue ! important][COLOR=blue ! important]Sony[/COLOR][/COLOR] is up to no good… The pros have dug deep, dissecting firmware 3.56 to the fullest, and what they found may surprise you… Then again it’s Sony, so maybe you won’t be surprised at all. Allegedly Sony has included their own “rootkit” so to speak, which allows them to execute remote code upon login. What code exactly? Well that can apparently range from verifying system [COLOR=blue ! important][COLOR=blue ! important]files[/COLOR][/COLOR], detecting custom firmware, searching for any installed homebrew to deactivating the system. And the executed code can change at anytime — without a firmware update — Sony controls it all on their end.
Below is a quoted IRC snippet from Mathieulh:
<Mathieulh> 3.56 has nice new stuffs in there :PSo I gotta ask: Are you scared?
<Mathieulh> like remote code execution upon login
<Mathieulh> yummy :P
<Mathieulh> 3.56 pretty much has a built in psn rootkit
<Mathieulh> don’t tell me I haven’t warned you
<Mathieulh> the server awaits a proper reply
<Mathieulh> and that reply isn’t in the firmware
Thanks Shalesy for the 411.
- source: neogaf