The dream comes true for many Sony PlayStation 4 users, a hacker has developed a Jailbreak for the popular armored console.
The Sony PlayStation 4 is considered one of the most protected platform, since now it was impossible to run pirated games, but a hacker who calls himself CTurt claimed to develop a fully jailbroken version of the PlayStation 4 with the help of a kernel exploit that he previously created.
CTurt exploited the hack in PlayStation 4 v1.76 to inject malicious code in the PS4 and gain control of the gaming platform.
“Just broke WebKit process out of a FreeBSD jail (cred->cr_prison = &prison0). Guess you could say the PS4 is now officially “jailbroken” :P” states a Tweet sent by CTurt.
According to the above message, currently the exploit only works for PlayStation 4 firmware version 1.76, but the expert believes that it can be modified to work for more recent firmware.
How does it work?
According to the hacker, the jailbreak allows dumping of the Sony PlayStation 4 RAM from other processes and allows the installation of a custom firmware, which could be exploited by hackers to run homebrew applications that aren’t normally not allowed by the security restriction implemented by Sony.
“While it could take time before CTurt and other hackers are able to develop custom firmware along with the method to load it on the video game console, it should be noted that the exploit can also be taken advantage of to have the console run pirated software.” reported techtimes.com.
Clearly it the news will be confirmed we will observe a huge impact on the gaming market.
Which will be the reply of the Sony?
Obviously, the company will analyze the exploit in order to discover the vulnerabilities exploited by the hacker and fix them for the most recent version of Play Station 4 firmware.
Pierluigi Paganini is member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group and Cyber G7 Group, he is also a Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer.
Editor-in-Chief at "Cyber Defense Magazine", Pierluigi is a cyber security expert with over 20 years experience in the field, he is Certified Ethical Hacker at EC Council in London. The passion for writing and a strong belief that security is founded on sharing and awareness led Pierluigi to find the security blog "Security Affairs" recently named a Top National Security Resource for US.
Pierluigi is a member of the "The Hacker News" team and he is a writer for some major publications in the field such as Cyber War Zone, ICTTF, Infosec Island, Infosec Institute, The Hacker News Magazine and for many other Security magazines.
Author of the Books "The Deep Dark Web" and “Digital Virtual Currency and Bitcoin”.