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Sony Updates PS3 Firmware To 3.56 To Stop Jailbreaking 218

tekgoblin writes "Today Sony has released a firmware update for the PS3 console that will update it to version 3.56. This comes on the same day news broke on the restraining order against George Hotz (Geohot). Sony did not state that it would stop jailbreaking the console but we can only assume that it does. With this restraining order against Geohot we see the Streisand Effect taking hold again as the key spreads all over the net. This decision by the courts may also prompt more hackers to focus their time on the PS3 from other projects. Be aware if you update your system and you like to jailbreak or hack, you will probably be unable to after the update." Actually, it might be possible after all.
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Sony Updates PS3 Firmware To 3.56 To Stop Jailbreaking

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  • wasn't it yesterday ?
  • by ducomputergeek ( 595742 ) on Friday January 28, 2011 @02:11AM (#35029010)

    Seems like MS takes the approach of "Fine, mod your console if you like, but if you get caught you can't use it on XBL". And since XBL is a subscription service they set their rules, but you agree to them by paying for the service.

    I suspect Sony will learn the lesson and the PS4 will see the introduction of a subscription based PSN. Especially since the next generation of games will likely all be purchased through app stores as opposed to optical media.

    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      by ShakaUVM ( 157947 )

      >>And since XBL is a subscription service they set their rules, but you agree to them by paying for the service.

      Which is one of the areas that Sony is better than Microsoft. I'm frankly offended by having to pay $50/year to play Halo online with my friends. Or, more often, a small time duration subscription that covers the week or so I'll be playing Gears or whatever other Xbox-exclusive game I want to play with my peeps.

      The Playstation Plus model is a lot less offensive: you can play the games you've

    • http://www.joystiq.com/2011/01/20/mandatory-xbox-360-update-sneakily-halts-call-of-duty-pirates/ [joystiq.com]

      So no, it doesn't seem like MS is being more permissive than Sony here.

      Both are trying to stop people from modding their consoles, presumably for the purpose of maintaining their revenue streams.

    • by DrXym ( 126579 )
      Seems like MS takes the approach of "Fine, mod your console if you like, but if you get caught you can't use it on XBL". And since XBL is a subscription service they set their rules, but you agree to them by paying for the service.

      MS doesn't tolerate piracy anymore than Sony or Nintendo does. The reason they use XBL to catch people is because it is probably the easiest way they have to do it. A new dashboard update can do a check for mods and then the banhammer can fall swiftly on modders before they have

    • Sony has mocked Microsoft for years for charging their customers to access online gaming, but without having something shiny to take away from their customers, they're pretty much left with an install base that has nothing to lose. Who's laughing now?
    • who will want to download blue-ray sized games?

      • Lots.

      • by tlhIngan ( 30335 )

        who will want to download blue-ray sized games?

        I don't think there's actually that many games that fill an entire single-layer BD disc - off the top of my head, Metal Gear Solid 4 and Final Fantasy XIII come to mind, but I'm fairly certain the rest of the games would fit on a DVD if the PS3 allowed it.

        At least the publishers haven't caught onto the ability to stuff the BD full of demos and other crap like the early CD-ROM days (they can't on the other consoles because there's little space free).

        • by h3 ( 27424 )

          Recently, I noticed a new section under Videos in my XMB called Trailers. I was puzzled as to when that had shown up and given the number of trailers listed there, I knew I would've noticed all those HD videos downloading.

          It dawned on me it came on the Gran Turismo 5 disc...

    • They already have the rights to kick anyone off PSN that they want to. The fact that you aren't paying for it doesn't mean there aren't any TOS.
    • Nothing says freedom like paying for the privilege of giving up your rights. USA number one!

  • by Barrinmw ( 1791848 ) on Friday January 28, 2011 @02:11AM (#35029012)
    Won't somebody think of the children?!?! These people hacking the PS3 are just going to make our children turn to a life of crime - stealing viruses from the CDC, tricking themselves out to our robot overlords, wearing white after labor day...
    • That's right. First you're downloading pirated video games and then you're dealing crack and running over little kids. It's a gateway crime.
  • by exomondo ( 1725132 ) on Friday January 28, 2011 @02:16AM (#35029036)

    ...with your shitty updates that seemingly do nothing except prevent me from using the online services until i've installed them.

    I can't remember the last actual worthwhile update Sony pushed through, it seems every one of them is just another 'whoops forgot to plug a security hole that won't have any effect on you but may be able to be used for piracy'.

    Also if people truly do just want a system to run homebrew on why not just buy the dev kit? It's basically an unlocked, unsubsidized PS3.

    • by Microlith ( 54737 ) on Friday January 28, 2011 @02:25AM (#35029074)

      Also if people truly do just want a system to run homebrew on why not just buy the dev kit? It's basically an unlocked, unsubsidized PS3.

      Because they place roughly the same requirements on buyers as Nintendo does. Buying a PS3 devkit isn't something you can just buy off eBay.

      Remember: They don't make unlocked versions of devices because they absolutely do not want you doing what you want with your device. This is true for almost every iOS/Android/WP7/Console made.

      • Ironically enough, MS is actually pretty good here.

        Xbox 360 dev kits are expensive and restrictive, but you can develop homebrew games for it using XNA (provided you don't need direct hardware access, this should work just fine for most games). The SDK is free, and the ability to post your game to the marketplace is $100/account (much like Apple's store).

        WP7 can be developer-unlocked for $100 (or using WP7, but that will apparently get blocked). Once it's unlocked, you can go to town - full access to the filesystem, registry, sensors, camera, you name it. There's already some pretty neat homebrew, ranging from a nice file manager to a functioning webserver to a NES emulator. It's all unofficial, of course, but MS hasn't tried to stop it... almost the opposite, really.

        • by AmiMoJo ( 196126 ) <mojo@wo[ ]3.net ['rld' in gap]> on Friday January 28, 2011 @08:23AM (#35030472) Homepage Journal

          Android phones can install apps from anywhere so you don't need to get on the market just to release one. Using your own web site is fine. Also access to sensors and the camera is available... Not sure you meant to add those to your list. Homebrew is massive on Android, in fact I'd estimate around 50% of apps could be considered homebrew.

      • They don't make unlocked versions of devices because they absolutely do not want you doing what you want with your device. This is true for almost every iOS/Android/WP7/Console made.

        Except the Android dev kit is free, and you can run any code you care to write with it on your Android phone without having to break any security features. (*) If the PS3 was like that, we wouldn't see so much effort put into cracking the security features.

        (*) Except for that one crappy phone AT&T released that nobody bought.

      • Remember: They don't make unlocked versions of devices because they absolutely do not want you doing what you want with your device. This is true for almost every iOS/Android/WP7/Console made.

        While this is true with some game consoles. It is not true at all with phones. Google sells Dev Android phones, I assume MS also sells dev WP7 phones along with being able to buy XNA 360 dev kits that allow you to create your own games and run them on the 360. Seems Sony and Nintendo are really the only ones who prevent it...

    • ...with your shitty updates that seemingly do nothing except prevent me from using the online services until i've installed them.

      Recent PS3 Firmware Updates

      3.15 Data transfer from HDD to HDD by Ethernet cable.

      3.21. Exit the OtherOS

      3.40 Video editor and uploader for Facebook and YouTube
      Browse Facebook and Picasa web photo alblums
      Share photos with friends on PSN. Print photos.
      Deep Color (HDMI)

      3.50 Support for stereoscopic 3D games

      3.55 Play 3D content on Blu-Ray disks
      Allow Facebook access from Facebook enabled games

      For all: http://us.playstation.com/support/systemupdates/ps3/history/index.htmhttp://us.playstation.com/support/systemupdates/ps3/history/index.htm [slashdot.org] " a>PS3â System Update History

      • by Andy Dodd ( 701 )

        I see a LOT of version number gaps there.

        Nearly all of 3.50 onward, with the exception of 3.55, have been primarily anti-piracy releases.

    • Because they're really freakin' expensive ($2k or more I think), and because Sony doesn't just sell dev kits to anyone.
    • by halcyon1234 ( 834388 ) <halcyon1234@hotmail.com> on Friday January 28, 2011 @10:37AM (#35031794) Journal

      I can't remember the last actual worthwhile update Sony pushed through

      I made myself depressed by checking. With a liberal definition of "useful", that'd be 2 years, 7 days and counting.

      If you read just about any PS3 forum about firmware, you'll see people have wanted for YEARS simple things, like cross-game chat (ala XBox), PS2 emulation (or even PAY MONEY to buy them from the PSN store), auto-sync trophies to the PSN rather than having to do it manually. Simple, useful things. Sony even put up a blog asking "what do you want", and they've been told by (literally) tens of thousands of people. [playstation.com] Nothing yet. Instead, we've had these "updates":

      • 3.50 - Sept 21st, 2010 - BluRay gets 3D content (so only arguably useful)
      • 3.42 - Sept 7th, 2010 - "security" patch
      • 3.41 - July 27th, 2010 - Add intrusive, persistent advertisement bar.
      • 3.40 - June 29th, 2010 - Minor HDMI color setting tweak, useless video editor, print photos
      • 3.30 - April 23, 2010 - Add a useless feature that can only be used from a Sony laptop, and no laptops with that feature exist yet. 3D games added.
      • 3.21 - April 1, 2010 - Replace OtherOS feature with a spiked club that has sex with your goldfish
      • 3.15 - Dec 10, 2009 - Sorta kinda allow you to backup data to another PS3-- by Ethernet cable only. Sometimes.
      • 3.10 - Nov 20, 2009 - Sorry excuse for a video store added to some regions, and you can be a dick on Facebook by spamming your friends with your trophies.
      • 3.01 - Sept 15, 2009 - Improves some playback on some content. Details!
      • 3.00 - Sept 1, 2009 - Needless redisgn of XBMC that makes it ugly, sparkly, and hides information. Huge, intrusive spam-banner added to screen. Sony engineers finally learn how to fastforward and rewind videos. Somewhere in here, lost ability to play music and browse internet at same time.
      • 2.80 - June 24, 2009 - Unspecified 'improvements'
      • 2.76 - May 14, 2009 - Unspecified 'improvements'
      • 2.60 - Jan 21, 2009 - Added admittedly useful Photo Gallery software, and DivX 3.11 support. This update actually improved the PS3, and didn't remove any features.
      • ...
      • 1.10 - Nov 17, 2006 - First firmware revision.

      (sidenote: Holy shit, does the new Slashdot css actually remove the bullets from a LI entry? Why?)

  • Good. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by headkase ( 533448 ) on Friday January 28, 2011 @02:17AM (#35029042)
    When Linux comes back to the PS3 I'll make the perfect test case of who actually owns the hardware when I have Linux and only Linux installed on it. I bought it, I own it, Sony can take a long walk off a short pier.

    The overriding issue is that the DMCA anti-circumvention provisions are simply bad laws and as such they serve to bring themselves into contempt.
    • Re:Good. (Score:5, Interesting)

      by Adam Jorgensen ( 1302989 ) on Friday January 28, 2011 @02:22AM (#35029058)
      Google AsbestOS. PS3 Linux is already back.
    • If you only want to run Linux, Sony has NEVER required you to upgrade. You only need to upgrade to access the PSN. This has always been the case.
      The PS3 Slim did not come with Linux support, but that's okay because it didn't come with Linux support, just like my XBox or my Waffle Iron.

      • Re:Good. (Score:4, Insightful)

        by Bert64 ( 520050 ) <bert&slashdot,firenzee,com> on Friday January 28, 2011 @05:02AM (#35029688) Homepage

        They sold you the PS3 on the basis that it can run linux, play games and access psn...
        If you want to continue running linux, you lose the ability to play newer games as well as access psn. It used to be possible to do all of these things and i bought a ps3 (the original model with ps2 hardware) on that basis. Now if i want to keep all the features i originally bought the ps3 for, i have to jailbreak it.

  • oops (Score:5, Informative)

    by the_Bionic_lemming ( 446569 ) on Friday January 28, 2011 @02:20AM (#35029048)

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    riv: 47 EE 74 54 E4 77 4C C9 B8 96 0C 7B 59 F4 C1 4D
    pub: C2 D4 AA F3 19 35 50 19 AF 99 D4 4E 2B 58 CA 29 25 2C 89 12 3D 11 D6 21 8F 40 B1 38 CA B2 9B 71 01 F3 AE B7 2A 97 50 19
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      Da: C5 B2 BF A1 A4 13 DD 16 F2 6D 31 C0 F2 ED 47 20 DC FB 06 70

  • This is news? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by uarch ( 637449 ) on Friday January 28, 2011 @02:28AM (#35029088)

    "Sony Updates PS3 Firmware To 3.56 To Stop Jailbreaking"

    "Sony did not state that it would stop jailbreaking the console but we can only assume that it does."

    You can only assume? Call me when you know. Until then stop wasting my bandwidth with your wild guesses.

    • by Hadlock ( 143607 )

      Note that it was written by Timothy. You can filter out particular editors' stories, but unfortunately Timothy posts about 40% of slashdot stories these days. I sort of grin and bear it, but he's definitely the reason I spend less time on this site. There are less biased link baiters out there with equally good communities.

    • That was the clear intention of the patch, but.. well, Sony knows this won't stop people anymore. The master key has been leaked, it is built into hardware, and cannot be changed programmatically, thus any patch or update they release will be possible to unpack with the master key and thus can easily be circumvented. There simply is no way to work around a non-changeable master key built into hardware and that's that. It seems Sony's only plan for now is to appear like they are doing something so as to try

    • Isn't stopping this jailbreak impossible without hardware modification? The keys are factory-injected, onto non-volatile storage, which means to change them, Sony would have to open up the console and physically change the chips. Unless they managed to figure out teleportation, an update won't stop anyone with the keys from flashing custom firmware to the device.

    • Actually, I think science precludes the assumption that the cat can be put back in the bag.

      With the private key released, they cannot prevent anything. Sony has two choices:
      Change the private/public key pair and resign every game made to date (require everyone connect for resigned games, or be shipped a disc that will do it) or
      Do nothing.

      The first one costs too much and probably is exploitable so that you could have it re-sign illegitimate software. It would however allow them to assign unique keys for eve

  • by noidentity ( 188756 ) on Friday January 28, 2011 @02:35AM (#35029112)
    I have to say, the PS3 has been the most entertaining console so far. And I've never even played one. Again, I have to thank Sony for putting on such a good show in its futile attempts with DRM. OK, back to watching the show...
  • by Vandil X ( 636030 ) on Friday January 28, 2011 @02:55AM (#35029196)
    Sweet! My Blu-Ray player has a firmware update. Not sure what this gaming non-sense is all about.
  • by DutchDopey ( 1905596 ) on Friday January 28, 2011 @03:52AM (#35029406)
    While this site is totally for open software en open hardware and I largely agree with that, I think gaming consoles are a use case for closed hardware/software. Not because of the threat of piracy, but because of the ability to not allow software cheats. I personally moved (and I know a lot of other players did) from PC gaming to console gaming because the amount of cheating through software hacks on the PC platform. So I understand the wish for homebrew but I do think gaming consoles should be a closed environment just to have a reasonable fair gaming environment. I am aware that there are others ways of cheating and glitching that are also available in console gaming, but they are never as worse as an aimbot.
    • by Bert64 ( 520050 )

      Having a closed environment just means that there will be less cheaters, and many people who think cheating is impossible... People will still cheat, and those who do will be much harder to spot than they would be otherwise.

      Newer games also force you to play on manufacturer supplied servers, older games let you run your own servers so you could create your own server and invite your trusted friends onto it and have a cheat-free experience.

    • by Hatta ( 162192 )

      Cheat free online multiplayer would be nice, yes. But it's not worth sacrificing fundamental property rights. If you really want cheat free multiplayer, play with people you trust.

  • by Sarusa ( 104047 ) on Friday January 28, 2011 @04:24AM (#35029520)

    My PS3 isn't getting an update till my Other OS option is safe. It's off the net entirely.

    This makes buying games real easy:

    1) PC Version
    2) XBox 360 version
    3) Wii Version
    4) Okay, okay, PS3 version. But nothing that forces a mandatory update. Sorry GT5.

    MS grubs for my money in all directions, but as long as we'll all in agreement that I will at times give them that money and they will not treat me, their customer, like s@#$, they're smarter or at least more reasonable than Sony and will get my money before Sony does. Opening Kinect (after that initial reflex foot in mouth) just clinched it. I would kind of like to play LBP2 but that's the way it goes, I will go drown my sorrows in Dead Space 2. Or dismember them.

  • by __aailob1448 ( 541069 ) on Friday January 28, 2011 @04:43AM (#35029588) Journal

    If you want to keep playing online while a custom firmware is released. All that is necessary is to plug in this as the primary DNS in your PS3 network settings:

    And ta-daa, we're back online with 3.55.

    • by halcyon1234 ( 834388 ) <halcyon1234@hotmail.com> on Friday January 28, 2011 @10:15AM (#35031484) Journal
      Am I the only one who thinks that "route all your PS3 internet traffic through some random third party with unknown intentions" is a bad thing?

      If there is a way to mook about with the outbound request, then just publish it. I'll integrate it into my own router, or DNS server, or anything else I chose to set up and control.

      But routing a data stream that has a non-zero chance of having a credit card number in it (PSN purchases) through an untrusted third party? Nope.
      • by tixxit ( 1107127 )
        Seriously, OP is 100% right. Someone please mod the GP down, I'd hate it if someone actually did this.
  • Alas, this temporary restraining order is but the latest salvo in a war over control of computing devices in general.

    A war for which, I'm afraid, there can be only one of two outcomes:

    (a) control is wrested from end-users by legal means; the balance between free speech and commercial interests is decided in favour of commercial interests, with all its implications for free speech

    (b) control remains with end-users, which implies that free speech trumps commercial interests with the result that manuf

    • by omb ( 759389 )
      But ONLY in the USA!
      • I really don't think so. The fact of the matter is that most legislation concerning the balance between commercial rights and individual ones (especially on IP-related issues) that is pioneered in the US is sooner or later adopted by countries in Europe, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and even China. Especially if it is supported by lobbyists. The delay typically is about 5-10 years in the case of Europe.
  • I was under the impression that the private key discovered for the PS3 was impossible to retract without hardware modification? Bet you wish you'd never removed the other OS function now, eh Sony? :)

  • by JPLemme ( 106723 ) on Friday January 28, 2011 @08:19AM (#35030462)
    Did anybody read the comment thread in the second link? It appears to be nothing but 15-year olds, but the overwhelming sentiment is *against* George Hotz and *for* Sony. I find it depressing when I talk to normal people who cheerfully use iTunes et al with no idea what DRM is. But seeing a whole gang of young people vehemently defending Sony against those mean, mean pirates is just demoralizing.

    And why are they defending Sony? Because Sony was forced (by the scurvy pirates) to issue a useless update that prevents them from using their PS3 for 30 minutes while it's downloading and installing. So Sony does something useless and annoying, and the 15-year olds blame the pirates for it.

    I hate to say this, but we've lost. The public has accepted HDMI. They've accepted devices locked in firmware. They've accepted Blu-Ray. They've accepted the iOS app store. They've accepted the Kindle. In 5 years the PCs from the big vendors will have locked firmware to "protect the user experience" and to prevent "hackers and pirates" from "compromising the security of the system" so they can download child porn and terrorist handbooks. In 10 years the only way you'll be able to run FOSS software will be to buy an unlocked "corporate" PC for an absurd amount of money and possibly only after "registering" your unprotected box so the authorities can monitor you for illicit activities. For a big company this won't be any issue at all (they already have policies to prevent their employees for using the servers for non-corporate activities), but for the home user it will be an enormous barrier.

    Stallman was right. I'm depressed.
    • you are correct - the public does not care. they POUR dollars into sony's pockets. can't pour them fast enough.

      BD? ugly sony DRM filled crap. why are young kids buying that today? I don't know of ANY adults buying bd but only kids with money and no ethics (or memory).

      hdmi is an atrocity as its filled with DRM but we do have work-arounds. then again, I'm pissed at the industry trying to 'close down' spdif since its an open audio standard. by getting everyone to run 5.1 or dts they stop people knowing

    • by supersloshy ( 1273442 ) on Friday January 28, 2011 @10:15AM (#35031498)

      I hate to say this, but we've lost. The public has accepted HDMI.

      Wikipedia is your friend:

      Neither is mutually exclusive, and they're bad for their own reasons ;)

      They've accepted devices locked in firmware.

      All depends on what you're going to do with it. For example, I wouldn't mind a Netflix box with locked firmware; it'd be pretty sweet to be able to modify it, but Netflix gets their money from a streaming/rental service and I want to support that. I can always have my own unlocked media server thingamajig in addition to it, you know.

      They've accepted Blu-Ray.

      Yet again...

      Again, neither is mutually exclusive. In fact, you can rip Blu-ray discs provided you have the right hardware and AACS keys

      They've accepted the iOS app store. They've accepted the Kindle.

      I don't mind the iOS app store; it's not like you're forced to sell your applications in there, you know. It's pretty simple to just buy something that isn't Apple-related. Also, you can read DRM-free books on the Kindle IIRC, so I don't see a problem.

      blah blah blah conspiracy theory

      Yeah... I highly doubt it. As long as the world has people with common sense, it will always be possible to build unlocked devices.

    • by Quince alPillan ( 677281 ) on Friday January 28, 2011 @10:26AM (#35031642)
      You're assuming that the 15 year olds posting in favor of Sony aren't just Sony PR shills pretending to be 15 year olds.
    • by JackDW ( 904211 )
      But customer knowledge is not protecting your freedom anyway. It never has. You have not "lost" because I bought a Bluray player and a HDMI cable, which I bought knowing about the restrictions, and not caring. On your PC, your freedom is protected by the economic impossibility of removing it. It's totally impractical to lock down PCs in the way you suggest, for many reasons. For just one, consider the vast amount of software that already exists for PCs - it would all have to be re-released with the digita
    • the pc world not take being locked out of free software.

      and there is alot of free software for windows as well and M$ may get in monopoly trouble if they try a locked in app store. I don't think abode will pay $100 year + 30% to be able to sell photoshop on windows and anyways in 5 years how many people will even be on windows 8?

      After seeing how long it to for people to get off of XP!

    • by Hatta ( 162192 )

      I hate to say this, but we've lost.

      We have lost. The public hasn't just accepted HDMI and Blu-Ray. They've accepted torture, warrantless searches, suspension of habeas corpus, etc., etc.

  • If you want an insightful read, follow the "it might be possible after all" link at the end of the summary, and try to comprehend the comments after the article. It's disturbing to see just how poorly Average Joe understands the concept of property ownership.

Order and simplification are the first steps toward mastery of a subject -- the actual enemy is the unknown. -- Thomas Mann