Category PS4 Jailbreaking       Thread starter PSXHAX       Start date Jun 24, 2020 at 12:20 PM       24,236       112            
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It's been just over 2 years since the last Full PS4 Jailbreak was publicly released, and as some PlayStation scene devs shared optimistic Tweets that if more homebrew is made they may work on a new jailbreak while others alluded that one may surface after the PS5 Release this Holiday 2020 with today's PlayStation Bug Bounty Program announcement by Sony offering rewards starting at $50,000.00 for critical PS4 vulnerabilities the proverbial PS4 Jailbreak question ETA WEN? may soon become ETA Never as $ony pays off hackers for disclosing new exploits to be patched. 🤑 😢

That could mean only those who already own or are still able to Locate a PS4 5.05 / 5.07 Jailbroken Console would be able to enjoy recent advancements in the PS4 homebrew scene including the OpenOrbis DevKit PS4 Library Ports, Mira Project PS4 Homebrew Tools and the OpenOrbis PS4 Toolchain with a reduced chance of seeing a Future PS4 Jailbreak Exploit being publicly released. :notworthy:

Of course not all scene hackers do it for financial reasons (such as monetary gain) so $ony's latest tactic may not sway their motives, there are some who may decide to profit while discreetly releasing their findings anonymously... and as the PlayStation 3 scene taught everyone depending on the severity of the hack it may not be patchable and would require a new hardware revision to fix the exploit. :sneaky:

:arrow: Here's the official announcement from Sony's Senior Director Software Engineering Geoff Norton, to quote:

At PlayStation, we are committed to providing gamers all over the world with great experiences. I’m happy to announce today that we have started a public PlayStation Bug Bounty program because the security of our products is a fundamental part of creating amazing experiences for our community.

We believe that through working with the security research community we can deliver a safer place to play. We have partnered with HackerOne to help run this program, and we are inviting the security research community, gamers, and anyone else to test the security of PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Network. Our bug bounty program has rewards for various issues, including critical issues on PS4. Critical vulnerabilities for PS4 have bounties starting at $50,000.

To date, we have been running our bug bounty program privately with some researchers. We recognize the valuable role that the research community plays in enhancing security, so we’re excited to announce our program for the broader community.

We have carefully considered what issues will be in scope at this time. You can find more information about the exact details of the program at our HackerOne page.
:alert: At the PlayStation Hacktivity link above you can see which PS4 scene devs cashed in on their findings recently... for example, over the last 6 months theflow0 (Twitter) who noted "don't update past FW 6.20 if you want a kxploit" made $10,000.00 while @Octopus (aka oct0xor on Twitter) who previously shared a PS4 Registry Editor and Viewer and detailed Sony PS4 / PS3 Blu-ray Disc Drive Internals & Security at the 36c3 Talk in his Livestream segment made $75,000.00 from PlayStation in the following transactions:
  • $25,000.00
  • $40,000.00
  • $2,500.00
  • $2,500.00
  • $2,500.00
  • $2,500.00
It appears the PlayStation scene has evolved from unloading Re-DRM dongles on users to selling exploits back to $ony to keep their video game consoles secure. :eek:
Sony Announces PlayStation Bug Bounty Program, PS4 Jailbreak ETA Never.jpg
 
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PSXHAX

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The part that's new is Sony announced the public PlayStation Bug Bounty program today... rewards for critical PS4 vulnerabilities also start at $50k but go higher depending on the severity of course. ;)

I added the PlayStation Hacktivity link to the bottom of the OP that outlines what was paid for each item found... in the last 6 months it appears oct0xor made the most ($75k) thus far whereas theflow0 made $10k. 💰
 
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I am so glad I gave up on this scene a long time ago. Its so much easier getting cracked PC games from really smart hard working hackers.. Not twitter trolls that bait the community all the time.

I sold my 5.05 firmware a couple of years ago for $600.00 because the guy thought there would be another jailbreak soon.
 

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My guess is unchanged... basically considered 'valuable' until a new PS4 jailbreak exploit surfaces publicly.

If one never does due to Sony's PlayStation Bug Bounty Program, then your 5.05 would be among the last able to run unsigned code on... yet it wouldn't be able to play the latest games so perhaps a bittersweet ending. :nolove:
 

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Can't really blame them, if I discovered exploits I'd likely profit off selling my findings back to $ony also... but I'd release them anonymously too so that the scene continues to advance. 🤫

What I feel could be improved upon is the lack of transparency in the scene... if a trusted developer tweets they found a new exploit or not to update past x.xx firmware they should keep people in the loop as it only takes seconds to send out an occasional tweet update even if they don't have time for individual replies.

For example if they decide to submit their vulnerability to $ony who patches it, why not let end-users know so that people aren't left guessing or expecting something that won't materialize as a result.
 

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Even after Sony pays them off and patches the xploit in higher firmware they might leak them. Just means latest firmware won't get a jailbreak. Doesn't mean more xploits won't be released. Surely they're not all sell outs
 

PSXHAX

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Agreed, and I don't believe scene devs like @CrazyVoid and @SpecterDev are investing hundreds of hours working on open-source PS4 ports of everything only to have it usable by a handful of people who didn't update their PS4 console... I still think good things will come to those who wait. :)
 
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