The first PlayStation 4 jailbreak was apparently achieved in June by a Brazilian team of tinkerers. It could however be best described as “cumbersome” as it required copying the entire contents of the hacked console’s hard drive through the services of a connected Raspberry Pi; not exactly a user-friendly solution. Things have progressed little since then, with a full exploit now being publicly known by those with the correct and matching skillets. That exploit has allowed the fail0verflow team to dive into the deepest darkest depths of the PS4’s internals and get a functioning version of Linux up and running on the console.
It seems that the fail0verflow team used a WebKit bug to trick the PlayStation 4’s OS into providing deep access via a very specific web page. The team was then able to identify and exploit weaknesses in the hardware’s GPU, designed and developed by Marvell. The rest as they say is history. It’s great to see teams still paying attention to gadgets other than smartphones and tablets, but it’s also worth noting that this particular proof of concept actually relies on PlayStation 4 firmware version 1.76. Considering Sony has just issued version 3.11 for download, it’s highly unlikely that many PS4 consoles will still be running that legacy OS version. However, the concept is believed to be one that can be replicated on newer firmware as well, so don’t be dismayed just yet.
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