Hacker Claims to Have Found Vita Exploit

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Hacker Claims to Have Found Vita Exploit

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Hacked PS Vitas may have full homebrew support in the near future.

While Vita hackers have already managed to exploit a few security loopholes, allowing the handheld to run a limited selection of PSP homebrew, the hacking community hasn't yet figured out how to run unsigned code in "Vita mode." Yesterday, hacker Yifan Lu, a hobbyist developer and "reverse engineer-er" known for his Kindle Jailbreaks, claimed he's done exactly that.

If his claims are true, Lu has discovered an exploit that allows users to run unsigned code in Vita mode, one that doesn't rely on easily pulled PSP titles. To take advantage of the exploit, which hasn't been detailed for obvious reasons, Lu is putting together a team to work on a project he's called Usermode Vita Loader. The project is still in its infancy, and it remains to be seen if Sony can patch the security exploit before it goes public.

While homebrew loaders don't allow users to run pirated games, not counting the usual selection of emulators, many developers, publishers and users see them as the first wave of a full blown pirate invasion. Lu claims to "hate piracy as much as any developer," and adds that it's physically impossible to run game backups using his exploit, but he also claims that he isn't responsible for how people use his programs.

The Vita is already having problems securing developer support, and reports of holes in the handheld's security, inevitable though they may be, will hardly make it more enticing. The most depressing thought is that if/when the Vita is hacked, all of Sony's anti-piracy posturing, from the proprietary, account-locked memory cards to the constant, often unannounced, firmware updates, will have been for nothing.

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On the bright side: Sony might sell a few of them now.

Now I might actually have a reason to buy one.

Ideally this would teach Sony to not fuck with their customer with all this useless DRM nonsense, but more likely it'll make em lump on more DRM and protective measures.

Sony's next big idea: buy a Sony product and get a Sony representative who you must feed and care for so they can ensure you're not violating Sony's product. Ubisoft and EA will soon defend it as the only way things can be done and hop on the bandwagon -- and we'll all be told how necessary the whole thing is.

The most depressing thought is that if/when the Vita is hacked, all of Sony's anti-piracy posturing, from the proprietary, account-locked memory cards to the constant, often unannounced, firmware updates, will have been for nothing.

That's not depressing, that's god damn satisfying. If anything it should be considered a hopeful event with the prospect that maybe Sony will realize their gauntlet of DRM measures is only serving to hurt their business.

Hackers can sell the Vita better than Sony can lol.
When will they lean? All their draconian security measures are ALWAYS for nothing.

DVS BSTrD:
draconian

People keep using that word for everything. It's come to the point where it's just another buzz word; without much meaning.

Also, for something to be draconian, it must be unusually severe. If everything's DRM is draconian, then it is no longer an outstanding occurrence and stops being draconian.

this is all well and good, but will it blend?

A good platform does not need to be hacked: android and the DS line for example

I have neither purchased a Vita nor a 3DS because at current, hacks don't exist to give me, the user, control of the device. Yes, that includes wanting to load 30 DS/DSi/3DS games on a single microSDHC, enjoy out-of-region titles, and fanmods such as "undubs", emulators, and other content along side my purchased content. My DSLite (and to a slightly lesser extent, PSP) gets plenty of use, including purchased game content, because "hacks" exist for them. Without those "hacks", it isn't worth it for me to purchase the hardware and thus, no chance I'll be spending anything on that system.

Why would anyone bother to hack this thing? Seriously even If I was a pirater, there still isn't anything I would want to play on it even for free. The PS vita has even less appeal to me than the Wii U which I'm all but ignoring.

That pic looks like their brewing jenkem.

Wake me up when they get PSX and PSP images to work on it without conversion.

Grey Carter:
Hacker Claims to Have Found Vita Exploit

The most depressing thought is that if/when the Vita is hacked, all of Sony's anti-piracy posturing, from the proprietary, account-locked memory cards to the constant, often unannounced, firmware updates, will have been for nothing.

This is a very important part of that article to me. I say kudos to whoever did it because it just goes to show that sony can shit all over their consumers with anti-consumer practices and it still amounts to nothing. Let the 20 following firmware updates in 10 days commence.

I don't understand. The DRM on a Vita game isn't the same DRM that is on a PC is it? I own a Vita and have never been inconvenienced by any of the sony DRM on it. On the pc I can understand, cause it limits a lot of things and is very roundabout.

But what the hell is the DRM on the vita? A serial code? It seems pointless to be complaining about DRM on a hand held console when I have never even noticed the DRM, let alone it being inconvenient.

The people going "It's hacked, now I have a reason to buy it" are just being childish. You're part of the problem.

Oh god damn it... I hope this thing isn't hacked. I'm so sick of people pirating games to hell. The PSP had a nice collection of some fantastic games and ended up being hacked and pirated into oblivion.

This is why we can't have nice things.

Also why people don't want to develop for the PirateCesspool (PC).

dumbseizure:
I don't understand. The DRM on a Vita game isn't the same DRM that is on a PC is it? I own a Vita and have never been inconvenienced by any of the sony DRM on it. On the pc I can understand, cause it limits a lot of things and is very roundabout.

But what the hell is the DRM on the vita? A serial code? It seems pointless to be complaining about DRM on a hand held console when I have never even noticed the DRM, let alone it being inconvenient.

This, I love my Vita, and I'm sad that there aren't more people giving it a chance.

GenGenners:
The people going "It's hacked, now I have a reason to buy it" are just being childish. You're part of the problem.

Boudica:
Oh god damn it... I hope this thing isn't hacked. I'm so sick of people pirating games to hell. The PSP had a nice collection of some fantastic games and ended up being hacked and pirated into oblivion.

This is why we can't have nice things.

Also why people don't want to develop for the PirateCesspool (PC).

Try talking to the people who try to justify it. I would go into more detail but I'll leave it at that.

I'll buy my Vita as soon as Persona 4 Golden is released and I will also download some games like Jet Set Radio.

PS: Anyone know if Final Fantasy 7+8+9 are available to download for it?

Evil Smurf:
A good platform does not need to be hacked: android and the DS line for example

Android has been hacked ages ago, and is pretty shit without hacking; the original DS was also hacked, although it doesn't need to be.

GenGenners:
The people going "It's hacked, now I have a reason to buy it" are just being childish. You're part of the problem.

Tell that to the Free Software Foundation. If I buy something with the potential of being a fully-featured computer, I want it to be able to become a fully-featured computer. I'm a tinkerer, not a pirate, and the more that hardware platforms are locked down, the more they are dumbed down and the harder it is to do mind-boggling things on it. You're the problem, as I see it.

Richard A. Kiernan:
Android has been hacked ages ago, and is pretty shit without hacking; the original DS was also hacked, although it doesn't need to be.

you don't need a hack to play pokemon on android

There isn't enough support for the Vita, there aren't enough games to warrant piracy yet... but the idea of using emulators on my Vita is appealing. That's the thing, it's a double-edged blade, it would certainly lead to piracy, but it would also lead to the Vita being a more desireable platform. If Sony can't increase support and get more titles onto the Vita, then this might be the only real reason to buy one... If Sony can't arrange for new titles within an excusable timeframe, then maybe indi developers and hackers can come up with some. Seems Sony have learned absolutely nothing from the PS3, they probably expected a similar success to the PSP. Frankly I'm looking at a 3DS XL more and more - I think that'll get far more worthwhile games in the long run.

Personally I find the whole situation with the Vita is pretty shitty - only a couple of games worth bothering with, over-priced games, a fairly clunky UI, and all that on a helluva powerful device, that I want to see succeed and take some of the market back from Apple. They are sitting on an incredible back catalogue of PSX, PSP and PS2 games and doing very little to capitalise on that.

GenGenners/Boudica
There are sane people on this planet! YayZ ^^!

This whole situation (autistic corps VS clown pirates) is looking more and more like the middle east in the 90's... With less death, thankfully.

*Sight*

dumbseizure:
I don't understand. The DRM on a Vita game isn't the same DRM that is on a PC is it? I own a Vita and have never been inconvenienced by any of the sony DRM on it. On the pc I can understand, cause it limits a lot of things and is very roundabout.

But what the hell is the DRM on the vita? A serial code? It seems pointless to be complaining about DRM on a hand held console when I have never even noticed the DRM, let alone it being inconvenient.

GenGenners:
The people going "It's hacked, now I have a reason to buy it" are just being childish. You're part of the problem.

Boudica:
Oh god damn it... I hope this thing isn't hacked. I'm so sick of people pirating games to hell. The PSP had a nice collection of some fantastic games and ended up being hacked and pirated into oblivion.

This is why we can't have nice things.

Also why people don't want to develop for the PirateCesspool (PC).

A personal thanks to each and every one of you for cheering me up after reading the first batch of responses to this thread. If you're happy someone hacked the Vita, you should be ashamed of yourself.

That being said, can this stuff stop getting out? I thought the hacking community was supposed to be some kind of underground scene, and yet when someone makes a breakthrough hack or homebrew, they seem to brag about it all over the internet.

Yeah, I don't get this 'stick it to Sony' mentality at all. You don't like their DRM practices, then don't buy their products. I did that very thing for any Ubisoft game with heavy DRM, and so did a lot of others. You don't teach a company the practice is bad by doing something illegal; you bitch and complain on their forums, you refuse to buy their products.

Why hasn't this been done with Nintendo? Where's the outrage that digital content is sometimes MORE expensive than the hard copy, or that you have to buy digital content multiple times to play on different consoles, or that their BC policy is even worse than Sony's? I absolutely despise that Nintendo and Microsoft get a free pass, even though they have just as many cases of screwing with their customer base as Sony.

You can compare them to Steam or iOS all you want, but in the console market Sony's actually the leader with it comes to BC, probably the leader in the online market when you consider that PSN is free. I see them at least trying to give their customer base what they want harder than Nintendo or Microsoft, but get the most hate because of 'Other OS' or them stopping support of the UMD.

Guess what? Other OS was taken away because you hacked with it too much. UMD isn't supported anymore because you pirated PSP games too much. Now you're making the situation even worse by hacking the latest hardware. Seriously... fuck off, all of you. Wait for your precious Ouya to come out and stop hindering my fun, asshats.

Zer0Saber:
That pic looks like their brewing jenkem.

I was wondering as well what was the relevance of jenkem to all of this.

Silly old Sony. Let's take a while to ponder the words of Entertainment US senior VP Steve Heckler that preceeded the brilliant rootkit fail of 2005.

Silently installing rootkits before the EULA was in place, that's fine eh? Only protecting our copyright.

"The industry will take whatever steps it needs to protect itself and protect its revenue streams... It will not lose that revenue stream, no matter what... Sony is going to take aggressive steps to stop this. We will develop technology that transcends the individual user. We will firewall Napster at source - we will block it at your cable company. We will block it at your phone company. We will block it at your ISP. We will firewall it at your PC... These strategies are being aggressively pursued because there is simply too much at stake."

Twat.

About time. I mean the system has been out far too long for there still to be no realistic reason to have one.

No, the desire to hack the device is not some symptom of this evil scourgey phantom menace. The desire to hack the system has a lot more to do with the desire to have physical hardware with game centric controls, webcentric connectivity and the desire to use it how ever you want to... like, yanno, you would be able to do with any other type of product in the world not related to a form of media.

Give the public an open source handheld console, with similar system architecture and specs, with no OS. Capable of doing things like watching good ole fashioned regular hulu(without plus), youtube, load any sort of java applet including minecraft, that isnt outrageously priced and severely underpowered (like say the pandora http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pandora_console ) but doesnt cost as much as a friggen netbook, and you would see the desire to hack this device even lower than what it already is.

But nooooooo that simply cannot be done. The major manufactures are fixated by the normal console ideas, and that they cannot make a profit off hardware, so they have long since stopped giving proper consideration to hardware and the fact it is a product, and are working to forcibly turn that product into something it cannot, nor ever will be. A subscription. Theres the other dominant desire for hacking this.

Boudica:
Oh god damn it... I hope this thing isn't hacked. I'm so sick of people pirating games to hell. The PSP had a nice collection of some fantastic games and ended up being hacked and pirated into oblivion.

Im not supporting piracy, and forgive my ignorance but just asking a question. Would you care to elaborate on how exactly the actions of pirates has had an effect on your gaming experience with the PSP or how it diminished the PSP library?

viranimus:

Boudica:
Oh god damn it... I hope this thing isn't hacked. I'm so sick of people pirating games to hell. The PSP had a nice collection of some fantastic games and ended up being hacked and pirated into oblivion.

Im not supporting piracy, and forgive my ignorance but just asking a question. Would you care to elaborate on how exactly the actions of pirates has had an effect on your gaming experience with the PSP or how it diminished the PSP library?

A company won't continue to support a system they're losing money on, and developers won't develop their game for a platform that people will use to pirate it, ergo those of us who don't pirate lose out.

Lvl 64 Klutz:

viranimus:

Boudica:
Oh god damn it... I hope this thing isn't hacked. I'm so sick of people pirating games to hell. The PSP had a nice collection of some fantastic games and ended up being hacked and pirated into oblivion.

Im not supporting piracy, and forgive my ignorance but just asking a question. Would you care to elaborate on how exactly the actions of pirates has had an effect on your gaming experience with the PSP or how it diminished the PSP library?

A company won't continue to support a system they're losing money on, and developers won't develop their game for a platform that people will use to pirate it, ergo those of us who don't pirate lose out.

Uhhh... Ok That is obviously not accurate, but, not really the point. The question was, how does that diminish an already existing library of games?

Riobux:

Zer0Saber:
That pic looks like their brewing jenkem.

I was wondering as well what was the relevance of jenkem to all of this.

only the picture used and nothing else.

Zer0Saber:

Riobux:

Zer0Saber:
That pic looks like their brewing jenkem.

I was wondering as well what was the relevance of jenkem to all of this.

only the picture used and nothing else.

Oh I know, just why there may be a picture that might be of jenkem in an article about hacking the VITA just slightly eludes me.

Evil Smurf:
A good platform does not need to be hacked: android and the DS line for example

I beg to differ, there are numerious hacks for the DS and Android.

R4 and action replay devices exist for the DS is a indicator of DS piracy and hacking.
As well as the R4 that is built on the original DS and DS lite does not work on the DSi and 3DS.
The makers of R4 had to make an up-to-date version of the R4 for the DSi and 3DS. And there a new action relay for the 3DS.

I also like to mention the 3DS is the only handheld on the market that is region locked.

As for android, search for Android Root hacks. Rooting a Android device is the same as jail breaking a kindle or iphone/ipad.

Better yet just head to XDA Developers and you can see all the wild android hacks that exist out there.

Quiotu:
Yeah, I don't get this 'stick it to Sony' mentality at all. (rest of quote clipped to save space, although alot of good stuff was said) I absolutely despise that Nintendo and Microsoft get a free pass, even though they have just as many cases of screwing with their customer base as Sony.

I agree. Taking a illegal approaches does not ever help a cause. Although I am a Sony supporter.
If you don't like a product don't buy it. Don't like a company don't go for there products and services.

And I agree why is Micro$oft and Nintendon't gets a free ride. Microsoft's XBLA policies are draconian at best. And Nintendo's online shop is almost criminal. I have to buy a virtual copy of the original Super Mario Bros for the Wii and a 2nd copy if I want it on the 3DS? WTF.

On Steam and PSN, if you buy a virtual copy of a game, you got that game on every compatible device you can log on to with your account.

surg3n:
They are sitting on an incredible back [catalog] of PSX, PSP and PS2 games and doing very little to [capitalize] on that.

The Vita just add PS1 Support (with some 23 PS1 titles so far). The list is currently small but it is growing. Also Sony is (slowly) porting over PS2 titles to PSN.

I don't see Nintendo going out of there way to bring out every Game Boy (including Game Boy Color and Gameboy Advance), NES and Game Gear/ Sega Master system (they are the same system when to comes to porting/emulating games) title they could over to the 3DS's online store.
Also another point against Nintendo, I don not need a bloody 3D rehash to Super Mario bros and Kirby's Adventure, just give me the plain old NES port and no one gets hurt. Stop shoe-honing a bloody gimmick that makes my eyes bleed.

Yes Sony taking their time on porting over titles, but at least they are actively working on it.

Lvl 64 Klutz:

viranimus:

Boudica:
Oh god damn it... I hope this thing isn't hacked. I'm so sick of people pirating games to hell. The PSP had a nice collection of some fantastic games and ended up being hacked and pirated into oblivion.

Im not supporting piracy, and forgive my ignorance but just asking a question. Would you care to elaborate on how exactly the actions of pirates has had an effect on your gaming experience with the PSP or how it diminished the PSP library?

A company won't continue to support a system they're losing money on, and developers won't develop their game for a platform that people will use to pirate it, ergo those of us who don't pirate lose out.

Almost every PSP title on PSN is supported on the Vita.
If you have the game as a UMD, sucks to be you, as the UDM is gone the way of Betamax (also a Sony proprietary format). Also from a technical standpoint the UMD drive is a big reason the PSP's battery life was as bad as it was. Mechanical moving parts draw more power than flash memory does, especially if those mechanical parts was for a optical drive (like CD's and UMDs).

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