*THIS ARTICLE DOES NOT CONTAIN ANY INFO RELATED TO PIRACY ON THE PS3 SYSTEM. IF ANY MODS CAN DELETE ANY LINKS RELATED TO PIRACY THAT WOULD BE NICE*
Huge shout out to esc0rtd3w and his team on making this exploit. His Twitter can be found here: https://twitter.com/esc0rtd3w
Were it all started
On August/7/2017, hackers in the PlayStation scene have released a test site on PSXHAX that demonstrates a vulnerability in the PS3's browser, that when you run it will crash the console. This exploit has been in the browser for a long time, and Sony has not updated the browser in any PS3 update and it was using a really old webkit that contain multiple vulnerabilities that were patched a long time ago. (Here is a VIDEO that demonstrates the exploit in action.)
With silence for over 3 months on the exploit. New info was released on November/9/2017, that the
But sadly later that same day 2 people who we don't know the names of hacked the Mega Upload account of the developer and leaked the exploit earlier than expected, but it was not in working condition, and reportedly sent it to Sony. After the leak, the website that demonstrated the exploit was taken offline by the developer and all the files on his GitHub page were removed as well.
2 days later on November/11/2017, the developer released an IDPS dumping tool on PSX-PLACE . The IDPS is used for unbanning your PS3 system if ti wasn't banned already, and for downgrading to an older firmware version on compatible systems and a lot more. The tool was released earlier than expected because of the leak.
Recently on November/13/2017 Sony released firmware update 4.82. This update patched part of the exploit and a new one is in development as of writing this (check back here for the updated IDPS dumping tool). Funny enough the update was compiled in August as said by this hacker on TWITTER but its highly recommended to stay on 4.81 for the full exploit.
Now you might be asking what is gonna happen when it's fully released? Well for all fat and early ps3 slim models you can downgrade via software to 3.55 and install CFW rather than using a hardware downgrader tool called an E3 Flasher.
But for late ps3 slim and all super slim models a
but right now nothing has been said on this topic and is most likely gonna release later in 2018.
In my opinion, I love when this kind of stuff happens, because it's awesome to make a closed source system run programs and even a different os than it was intended to do. I am not one of those a-holes that do this to grief online and ruin it for everyone, I do this to backup my games that I paid for and to run Linux, and since it's been almost 6 years since an exploit was found I am so happy this was released.
If you want to know if your PS3 can be downgraded go to https://hackinformer.com/PlayStationGuide/PS3/DEVICE_PS3.html for help on identifying your console and to download the 4.81 update if you are not on it already.
EDIT: I forgot to mention that 3.55 was the firmware that lets you jailbreak your PS3. But only fat and early slim models can be downgraded to 3.55 like I mentioned above.
The 4.82 IDPS tool has been released go to the 4th link in the direct links section.
1.Webkit exploit: https://www.psxhax.com/threads/ps3-webkitsploit-and-ps3-playground-wip-github-forks-by-esc0rtd3w.2623/
3.Wololo article: http://wololo.net/2017/11/08/ps3-developer-esc0rtd3w-announces-ps3-4-81-exploit-around-christmas/
4.IDPS dumping tool: http://www.psx-place.com/threads/update-idps-dumper-ps3-nand-nor-4-81-ofw-compatible-by-team-ps3xploit.15398/
5.Twitter link: https://twitter.com/LightningMods_/status/930316475696648192