Playstation: A new exploit starts with the system for Blu-Ray discs
For as long as the Playstation has existed, Sony has been fighting against an eager community of modders who are looking for gaps in the system software for their projects. Famous example: In 2010, the Japanese company banned Linux from the PS3 after an exploit appeared in it – and that only fueled the whole scene even more. Now the group will probably have to rack its brains again soon.
A security researcher has discovered a vulnerability in PlayStation firmware that could potentially be exploited across multiple generations. As Gamerant reports, security engineer Andy Nguyen explained during his appearance at the “Hardwear” security conference that the way Playstation systems treat Blu-Ray discs can be exploited for the purposes of the modder community – and awakens thus reminders of the famous FreeDVDBoot hack of the Playstation 2 era.
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According to Nguyen, the exploit “allows the execution of arbitrary code on PS4 and PS5 systems”, providing a perfect starting point for further possible modifications. According to the researcher, the principle could also be transferred to the PS3, but a test is still pending. All information about the so-called “Blu-ray Disc Java Sandbox Escape” is available on Github.
Now the work begins
As usual, once such an avenue of access has been discovered, the race between Sony and the modder community begins. In any case, the company will make every effort to plug the new holes. However, the sometimes euphoric reaction of well-known personalities from the modding community to Nguyen’s discovery suggests that they will also work flat out on adapted PS5 software and the like for the other models.
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