PlayStation 4 Hacked to Run Linux

PlayStation 4 Hacked to Run Linux

Have you ever wanted to play Pokemon on your PlayStation 4? Well accroding to N4BB, a group known as the Fail0verflow team modified the PlayStation 4 to run Linux. They demonstrated running a Gameboy Advance emulator and played Pokemon. However, per InfoWorld, you have to be running version 1.76 of the Playstation 4 in order to perform this modification. The current version is 3.11.

The journey began when hacker CTurt discovered the FreeBSD kernel exploit earlier in 2015. This provided the starting point for the Fail0verflow team to making the PlayStation 4 run the Linux Operating System (Digital Trends).

The Register reports the hackers noted in their talks that 3D acceleration, USB and HDMI audio aren’t fully functioning yet and they haven’t tested the access to the PlayStation 4 Blu-Ray.

Our Analysis

If you are interested in seeing a video demonstation by the Fail0verflow team, then Engadget has one embedded in their article. This is a big feat for the modding community to finally crack the PlayStation 4, but it is also on a dated version of Sony’s Orbis Operating System. The Webkit bug has been patched and if you continue to game online using the Playstation 4, then you will be on the newest Orbis OS version of 3.11. This is the same Webkit bug that put iOS 6.0 OS X 10.7 and 10.8 at risk in 2013.

Once significant progress has been made like the one Fail0verflow has completed, then it is believed that future firmwares could achieve the same outcome of allowing modified systems. Sony will be sure to stay on top of their exploits to ensure their systems stay protected. If someone can hack the Playstation 4 and fully operate the device, then it opens up the door for pirated games and creating a mess for developers.

More Historical Information About PlayStations Being Hacked

International Business Times wrote a piece in 2011 on George Hotz aka geohot. He burst onto the scene with the jailbreaking of the iPhone. He really got the attention of tech giants Apple and Sony when in 2009 he announced he was targeting the Playstation 3. In January of 2010, Hotz was able to gain read and write access to the Playstation 3 and published it. Sony 2 months later removed the OtherOS feature from all models.

According to George Hotz Wikipedia page, he posted a copy of the root keys of the Playstation 3 on his website in 2011, but removed them later due to the results of a legal action.

Other High Profile Breaches:

Experian (includes T-Mobile)
Trump Hotels
Tesla and Chrysler (unrelated to each other)
Apple App Store
U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
Kaspersky & FireEye (unrelated to each other)
Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield
Ashley Madison
Ashley Madison (follow up)

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About Scott Entsminger

Scott Entsminger was born and raised in Virginia. He graduated from Radford University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice. Scott has worked for the Department of Defense since graduating college. He is an expert in Windows Administration; with specific experience in Group Policy and vulnerability remediation. He also has specific experience in Information Assurance (IA) and Cyber Security. Scott holds the CompTIA Security+ certification. He is always looking to diversify his skillset. Scott is an avid sports fan, particularly baseball. He also is an avid gamer and enjoys learning different skills involving his PC.