PlayStation 4 Allegedly Jailbroken Through Kernel Exploit
While it isn’t here yet but a recent announcement by hacker CTurt shows that Sony’s latest console, PlayStation 4 is now one step closer to being hacked to allow pirated content. CTurt, who previously posted about a PS4 kernel exploit with potential to allow homebrew content on PS4, recently confirmed that his exploit has now managed to jailbreak the PS4 console.
Just broke WebKit process out of a FreeBSD jail (cred->cr_prison = &prison0). Guess you could say the PS4 is now officially "jailbroken" 😛
— CTurt (@CTurtE) December 12, 2015
According to CTurt, the PS4 jailbreak allows the ability to dump system RAM from other processes. What this means in layman’s terms is that we’re likely to see a custom firmware for the console sometime soon, with the ability to run homebrew content. Exactly how soon is still not sure as there are more stages involved until the console will be able to run homebrew content.
However, according to reports this hack only works on firmware 1.76 as of now although CTurt assures that it can be made to work with other higher firmwares in the future too, the latest firmware however might still be out of the question.
While this does open the door to piracy, it would be really sad to see all those users who bought a PS4, more than 30 million to be precise, jump on to the piracy bandwagon hence hurting the game developers and Sony as well when they should all be appreciated for their hard work.
Even if a small fraction of users opts for this illegal way, it would still impact the gamers as well as overall gaming industry in a negative way by reducing the install base for the console.