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PS5 security is down.  Sony rewards crackers.

PS5 security is down. Sony rewards crackers.

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November 8, 2021, 13:36

A known cracker broke the security of the PlayStation 5 and opened the debug mode. However, I don’t want to share the details, and Sony is willing to pay for it.

Briefly:

  • A known cracker has compromised the security of the PS5 console software, but it does not want to reveal the details of the vulnerability,
  • Sony is willing to pay to find security holes in the software for PS4 and PS5 consoles.

Programmers use debug mode to test applications which is not available to normal users. why? It allows you to bypass system security and run your programs on consoles, Which as a result may create, for example, firmware that allows to run backup copies of games, cheats, mods and emulators. Cracker, aka theflow0, paid tribute to his latest achievements by posting a screenshot of Unlocked debug mode in PlayStation 5 settings menu:

PS5 security is down.  Sony rewards crackers - Illustration 1

?? ród³o: @theflow0 / Twitter

However, it dampened the enthusiasm of many users, stating that he did not plan to reveal how or when he did it.

Theflow0 (particularly Andy Nguyen) is a well-known character in the console environment, on a daily basis a job As a security expert at the Swiss subsidiary of Google. He was one of the programmers who broke the security of the PSP, PS Vita and PS4 consoles, as well as the creator of, among others Adrenaline System software, Trinity exploit for PS Vita or unofficial ports Grand Theft Auto Vice City And Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for Sony portable. In short, the man is the legend of the cracker console scene.

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Theflow0 has been collaborating with Sony for several years inside a program It consists in finding and documenting security vulnerabilities in PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 hardware software in exchange for cash prizes. In just the last 90 days, Sony has paid out $50,000 in prizes and so far theflow0 has been officially paid out. Zagarni A total of 20 thousand dollars. We can guess that this is a possible reason for not revealing details about the exploits of the vulnerabilities in the consoles of the Japanese giant. Interestingly, similar collaboration software is offered by Nintendo (Link) and Microsoft (Link), and the payments for crackers in these cases are also impressive.

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