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PlayStation 5 has reportedly been jailbroken

Published: 12:58, 03 October 2022
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A PlayStation 5 Kernel exploit and WebKit vulnerability for PlayStation Firmware update 4.03 has been released

Sony's PlayStation 5 has been jailbroken according to PlayStation modder Lance McDonald who shared the video of the exploit installation process on the console.

It looks like Sony's console PlayStation 5 has been jailbroken in record time. A PlayStation 5 Kernel exploit and WebKit vulnerability for PlayStation Firmware update 4.03 has been released on the console modding website wololo.net .

According to the file description, the exploit will work on any PlayStation 5 console that runs firmware 4.03. Lower firmware versions might also work with some tweaks but higher firmware versions will certainly not work at the moment, since they are not vulnerable to the WebKit exploit.

Modders say that exploit can "obtains arbitrary read/write and can run a basic RPC server for reads/writes or a dump server for large reads". Additionally, it enables debug settings menu and allows root privileges to user. 

So, what exactly this means for software installation? Well, it appears that some people have already managed to install Silent Hill PT on the system but for now, fully pirated games cannot be installed.

This exploit could open up new possibilities, so for example, modders could release a 60 FPS Bloodborne since Sony won't do it. 

Jokes aside, it remains to be seen how Sony respond to the news. The last time when someone managed to jailbreak their console, they paid the modder to get access to exploit and shut it down. Also, Sony could start shipping a different SKU with hardware/software updates that could prevent modders from hacking it, at least for a while.

SONY PS5 console in the horizontal position Jailbroken PS5 system would let users install custom themes, pirated games and more

Sony's previous consoles like PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 have been jailbroken too. Interestingly, it took hackers and modders over 4 years to completely break the security software of PlayStation 4. It looks like they will manage to do it with PlayStation 5 a couple of years faster. 

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