Category PS Vita CFW and Hacks       Thread starter xxmcvapourxx       Start date Feb 16, 2017 at 5:26 AM       13,059       11            
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To celebrate PlayStation Vita's birthday, PS Vita developer Yifan Lu with help from H of UkakNEH made available PSVIMGTools for backing up and restoring data on the PS Vita handheld console similar to the PS3 backup tool. :cool:

Download: / (Mirror) / PSVIMGTools Master / GIT / PSVIMGTools Frontend / GIT by @SilicaAndPina

To quote from PSVIMG

PSVIMG files are encrypted files generated by CMA in backing up and restoring data from the Vita.

Generating PSVIMG

When CMA is used to backup system, game, or savedata from the Vita to a PC or PS3, the following algorithm is used:
  • Using a tar-like structure, stream all of the file data into a file.
  • If making a PSVMD file, use the deflate algorithm to compress.
  • Generate a random nonce for the first 0x10 bytes using the RndNumber syscall.
  • Generate a unique session AES256 key using a secret phrase and the PSN account id of the PSVita.
  • Generate a SHA256 hash of the plaintext every 0x8000 bytes and insert the hash into the filestream.
  • Encrypt the stream data using EncDecKeygen syscall from SceSblDmac5Mgr with the nonce as the header and the AES256 session key.
  • Transmit to PC or PS3.

If you look at the 16 character hex directory name included in part of the backup path, that is your PSN account id. The AES256 session key is calculated by doing a SHA256 hash of the 8 byte hex binary representation of the PSN account id followed by the secret phrase: Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte


01 23 45 67 89 AB CD EF 53 72 69 20 4A 61 79 65 77
61 72 64 65 6E 65 70 75 72 61 20 4B 6F 74 74 65
SHA256 of this buffer generates the AES256 session key of:
Unfortunately, this is dependent on the PSVita for executing using the EncDecKeygen function. The AES256 key is altered inside the F00D Processor (Octopus Exploit) in some way currently unknown. Upon decryption, the session key is sent to F00D and an assigned slot.

When the HW crypto engine is invoked to perform the decryption, it is given the slot number. Presumably, the crypto engine talks directly with F00D to use the derived key.
Finally, from MRGhidini comes PSVIMGTools Frontend (GIT) followed by PSVIMGTools Easy FrontEnd (GIT) with a demo video below!

Thanks to @CelesteBlue for the post on this news! :)
PSVIMGTools for PS Vita Backing Up  Restoring Data by Yifan Lu.jpg


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I have to precise that it was made possible thanks to H. investigation into lv1 on vita fw 1.50.

If someone can compile it, share please.


What exactly we can do with this tool in noob terms? Restore encrypt games in PS VITA 3.63 or just in 3.60 ?

Thanks lot PSXHAX and YIFANLU
I would like to know that too, or maybe is for keep the system files safe in case of brick? like what happens few months ago with those vpks that bricked several vita's
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