Hacker obtained PS5 encryption keys that will allow pirating games

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Enthusiasts from all over the world have been trying to find vulnerabilities in gaming consoles throughout their history – and the newest PlayStation 5 is no exception. Today, November 8, the Fail0verflow hacker team shared a rather interesting screenshot on their social networks, where you can see the decryption of the file included in the latest PlayStation 5 update. Shortly after this publication, the team members confirmed that they actually managed to get access to all root keys. new generation consoles, and that they are symmetric – suitable for encryption and decryption.

Translation: We got all (symmetric) ps5 root keys. They can all be obtained from software — including per-console root key, if you look hard enough! https://t.co/ulbq4LOWW0

— fail0verflow (@fail0verflow) November 8, 2021

On the network, many experts said that hackers needed special hardware to gain access to the root keys of the set-top box, but the team themselves denied this – in Fail0verflow stated that only software was used to obtain the necessary data. And thanks to this exploit, hackers managed to gain access to highly protected sections of the game console, which opens the way to almost limitless possibilities within the console. For example, enthusiasts will be able to reverse engineer the PlayStation 5 firmware, opening up the possibility of running third-party software or additional exploits.

Third-party firmware, as is the case with the Xbox 360, for example, allows jailbroken games to run without having to verify a certificate of authenticity. At one time, this allowed the Microsoft console to literally blow up the market for game consoles – it was possible to flash the Xbox 360 without any particular difficulties, after which it was only necessary to burn the game downloaded from pirated resources to disk. So far, it’s too early to talk about this level of hacking on the PlayStation 5, and Sony may well patch the gap in future updates, but the hackers have clearly done a great job.

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