George Hotz is at it again.
Two years after he figured out how to hack an iPhone to run on any wireless network in the US — and less than six months after his purplera1n tool lapped the Dev-Team to become the first 3GS jailbreaker — Hotz now has the "unbreakable" Sony PS3 in his gunsights. He launched his latest blog On the Playstation 3 the day after Christmas '09 with the following mission statement:
The PS3 has been on the market for over three years now, and it is yet to be hacked. It's time for that to change…My end goal is to enable unsigned code execution, making every unit into a test and opening up a third party development community, either through software or hardware(with a mod chip). The PS3 is a prime example of how security should be done, very open docs wise, and the thing even runs Linux. But it isn't unbreakable 🙂
This past Friday, Hotz declared victory:
I have read/write access to the entire system memory, and HV level access to the processor. In other words, I have hacked the PS3. The rest is just software. And reversing…As far as the exploit goes, I'm not revealing it yet. The theory isn't really patchable, but they can make implementations much harder.
His reticence is understandable: the 3GS crack set off a barrage of patches and re-hacks as Apple and the jailbreak community fought to remain king of the hill. And Sony, once they learn how Hotz de-iced their code, would certainly scramble to get a fix implemented toot sweet. But the once-impenetrable Playstation 3 is now open to the possibility of anything from pirated-game play to installing a whole new OS.
Remember, the TITANIC was once considered "unsinkable," too.