Sony told Edge today that they’re combating the recent compromise of the PS3’s security with network updates. Does updating your PS3 every two weeks bother you enough already? Well it’s about to get a lot worse.
Recently a group named failOverflow reverse engineered the code used to sign authorized applications as genuine to gain full control over the system and it’s security measures. Shortly after that, hacker George “GeoHot” Hotz posted the consoles root key online, thus enabling homebrew developers to create and sign their own apps. GeoHot was also instrumental in jailbreaking the iPhone.
After complete radio silence about the incidents Sony had this to say, “We will fix the issues through network updates, but because this is a security issue, we are not able to provide you with any more details.”
According to the hackers, “The complete console is compromised – there is no way back. The only way to fix this is to issue new hardware. Sony will have to accept this.”
Besides the fact that they’re using updates and patches to save the console, Sony hasn’t revealed much about their plan to fix the problem. Kris Pigna of 1Up agrees with the pirates:
One of those details that Sony apparently can’t comment on, though, could be significant: that the problem can’t be fixed through network updates. Since the root key is the core checkpoint that determines whether any software attempting to be played on a PS3 is legitimate, hackers claim changing it runs the risk of making all previously released software unplayable.
failOverflow and GeoHot are both very anti-piracy and have provided no tools to aid players in running copied games, though that can’t be far behind. The PSP is already dead in the water in the states, mostly due to anti-piracy. Could this be the death nell for the PS3 as well? Tell us what you think in the comments.