No, the PS4 hasn’t been jailbroken…yet

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Rumours circulated this weekend that Sony’s new console had already been hacked wide open, enabling pirated games to be played. The source of much of this hubbub is a pastebin document, purporting to have links to files that would allows the console to run unsigned code.

This is what the pastebin doc says:

As you all know, PS4 runs Orbis OS, that is highly based on FreeBSD (which is a opensource operating system), and as the PS4 is closely identical to a PC, I guess you all knew that PS4 and the Xbox One will probably end up getting pwned soon, and now..its time.

NOTE: I did not find this vulnerability within PS4, nor did I write the exploit, while I was browsing thru an Brazilian console-hacking forum known as condinh0 (I am sure you all know this if you hang out at TOR). A person named x-s4nd3r released the devkit of PS4, as well as the exploit within 5 days of PS4 release. Although most of you don’t know how to apply that jailbreak on the PS4, I am making this tutorial to sort this shit out for you.

What follows is s series of links and instructions on how to install said jailbreak. Only, it’s unlikely that the jailbreak even exists. We’ve followed the links – which link to Deposit files, however it appears the files have been removed..or have they? Deposit Files is a dumbsite; so any links after the “/files” url will be a valid address, and say that the file it points to has been removed. Here’s a link of my own that does the same.

The “jailbreak” hasn’t been mirrored anywhere else on the entire internet – which is a giant alarm bell that says “this thing is fake.” And that’s good news for the PS4.

It took years for the PlayStation 3 to be hacked, and even then it’s still too much effort for the average Joe. the Xbox 360, on the other hand had security that was relatively easy to circumvent, and it’s made an appreciable difference to the number of Xbox 360 copies of games local retailers stock. There are more Xbox 360’s in the country, yet more PS3 software sales by a considerable margin.

Last Updated: December 2, 2013

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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