Good year! 2022 has been quite a hectic year for PlayStation hacks, with the PS5 open for the first time and a series of vulnerabilities released, affecting both PS4 and PS5. However, none of these exploits led to a full jailbreak for either console.
Let’s review what happened on the piracy front in 2022, and what we hope can happen in 2023:
2022 – The Year of PS4/PS5 Hacking in Review
2022 saw a series of confirmed vulnerabilities for PlayStation, which in many cases impacted both PS4 and PS5, due to some of their shared architectures and dependencies. In the first half of the year, we saw some progress, especially on the PS5 thanks to a Webkit vulnerability. Hackers have also released tools to help reverse-engineer PS5. (here too).
2022 – BD-JB exploit and first PS5 kernel exploit
2022 was also of course the year of the BD-JB exploit, a user mode exploit that impacted both PS4 and PS5. This was shortly followed by the very first PS5 kernel exploit, giving us hope that the console would see a real Jailbreak in 2022. Unfortunately, the PS5 is highly secure, and even with a kernel hack, which we can do with a hacked PS5 remains limited. (hey, but we now have custom themes on PS5!)
On the usermode side, the mast1c0re exploit, based on vulnerabilities in the console’s PS2 emulator, gave us hope for a PS4/PS5 homebrew environment. We’ll definitely be waiting for an update from CTurt on its promised “part 2”.
Other vulnerabilities seemed to be lost in the air, like this heap overflow that was leaked to Sony, but apparently never made public.
2022 – A “small” year for PS4 hacking?
It’s been a “small” year for the PS4, by comparison. In all honesty, p00Bs4 Jailbreak 2021 was hard to beat!
Although the PS4 is much more hackable than the PS5 (and has seen more or less the same user mode vulnerabilities as the PS5), the latest PS4 Jailbreak is only compatible up to firmware 9.00, and higher firmwares (9.03 , 9.04, 9.50, 9.51 , 9.60, 10.00, 10.01) are still hoping for a fix. For some, hope may lie in the syscon firmware rollback technique. It allows people to “downgrade” a PS4 to its previous firmware and gained traction towards the end of last year.
So, technically, the PS5 is no more hackable than the PS4, on the contrary. But for comparison, the progress made on hacking the PS5 in 2022 seems far more significant than what happened on the PS4. The last week of the year however brought us a bunch of releases (which we’ve summarized here), especially Al-Azif’s PS4 CFW Toolkit, an encryption/decryption tool that could hint at something big. for the PS4 next year.
2023 – The PS4/PS5 hacks we want to see
Is Patience Still the Key to Jailbreak PS4 in 2023?
Of course, there’s a lot of hope for the PlayStation hacking scene in 2023. We’re the first to say that patience is key, but especially for the PS4, it’s been a while since the latest Jailbreak came out, and the next one starts feeling late. Of course, as we keep saying, at this point the easiest way to get a jailbroken PS4 is to get a used one from eBay.
Still, it would be great to see something come out of a hacker’s hat for firmware 10.xx. At the very least, we’re hoping for part 2 of CTurt’s mast1c0re, and hopefully a (even limited) Homebrew environment would be great.
2023 – PS5 hypervisor broken?
On the PS5 front, the Holy Grail moving forward would be a hack of the Hypervisor, the omnipotent god that seems to make the console invulnerable.
With the growing rumors of new PS5 hardware coming (like a “digital-only + removable disk drive” replacement to the current physical/digital distinction, or a rumored PS5 Pro), it would be great to get the original hardware revisions. fully jailbroken.
PS4/PS5 Vulnerabilities to Investigate
Many vulnerabilities or proofs of concept have been released in 2022 that have not yet been investigated for PS4 or PS5. Or, at the very least, it hasn’t been completely dismissed as “hopeless” for these consoles. In particular:
Conclusion: my body is ready for the hacks of 2023!
As always, we cannot predict when a specific console will get a Jailbreak. What we know from experience is that people who stay on lower firmwares have a better chance of getting the goods. We have written some tips on how to prepare for future hack releases. It was in June, but it is still valid today.
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