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PlayStation 4 Jailbreak Claimed By Hacker On Old Firmware; Piracy, Homebrew Apps Coming?

Dec 19, 2015 11:05 AM EST | By Jason Fonbuena
Sony, PlayStation 4, Jailbreak

A hacker claimed a successful PlayStation 4 jailbreak via a kernel exploit. Many expect pirated games and homebrew apps are imminent.

Earlier this month, Twitter user CTurt confirmed he had jailbroken his PS4.

"Just broke WebKit process out of a FreeBSD jail (cred->cr_prison = &prison0). Guess you could say the PS4 is now officially 'jailbroken,'" he tweeted.

According to Hacked, CTurt claimed to have successfully pulled it off by exploiting Sony's next-gen console's kernel, with help from the hacker/modding community.

While a proof of concept has yet to surface, the website said CTurt had previously rolled out other webkit exploits.

Additionally, the hacker claimed to have successfully dumped the PS4's RAM from other processes. He or she then said patching RAM would be next.

Following the PS4 jailbreak announcement, Tech Times said homebrew apps and custom firmware for the console could be coming soon.

As the website pointed out, jailbroken devices allow applications previously barred by the manufacturer to run on a particular device.

That said, Hacker News said this would open Sony's next-gen console piracy although "there are still a few other security issues to get by."

But is the PlayStation 4 jailbreak all that it's cracked up to be?

Eurogamer said "the short-term damage offered by this exploit is minimal." Per the website, the exploit was done on a PS4 running the old firmware 1.76 which has been replaced by the 2.0 system firmware update.

Reportedly, the PS4 currently runs on version 3.11 software.

While the exploit can be tweaked to work on the newest firmware, EG said going past the console's security won't be easy.

"The all-important encryption keys required to create custom firmware appear to remain completely out of reach."

Still, it can be used to take a peek at the PS4's OS and hard drive file system, according to Eurogamer.

Sony won't welcome that though. The tech firm is expected to come up with a patch fix to eliminate the PlayStation 4 jailbreak.

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