PS Vita 3.69/3.70 Jailbreak PSA
First of all, thank you for your patience and support, your wait will soon be over. It's been more than half a year since the release of h-encore and it has reached nearly half a million downloads!
Now it's time for my second and last jailbreak for the PS Vita. Unlike previous exploits chains, this one will not use a WebKit or savedata exploit as entry point, but a novel one.
The upcoming exploit chain consists of a PSP Emulator Escape. This means it is exploiting bugs in the emulator to escape the sandbox and run native ARM code. While this is cool and technically very interesting, there is a catch: your device must be linked and activated with a PSN account, such that you can download and install a PSP game from the store. The problem is that in case Sony releases a new firmware which fixes this entry point, you'll not be able to access the store anymore and therefore, not be able to hack your device. Hence, some coordination is required, such that nobody misses the chance (if you're maintaining a blog or forum, please stick this PSA on top, so people are aware of this opportunity).
For that reason, I am giving you 6-8 weeks time to download and install a PSP game, then I will drop the jailbreak. This should also be enough time for you to search and buy a new PS Vita.
Follow the instructions below to successfully prepare your device for the hack:
If you're on firmware 3.69, you have two options:
- Either update to firmware 3.70 (go to Settings → System Update).
- Or set DNS to
220.127.116.11(go to Settings → Network → Wi-Fi Settings → Your access point → Advanced Settings and set DNS Settings to Manual and Primary DNS to
Register a PSN account if you don't have one yet (note that only 3 devices can be activated using the same account).
Download and install any PSP/minis game (PS Vita or PS one Classics do not work). There are demos in most regions (if you know a title that is not listed here, please let me know):
- EU/UK: Ape Quest
- NA/SG: LocoRoco Midnight Carnival
- JP: YS seven
Unfortunately, if you can't find a demo in your region, you must either buy any PSP/minis game, or register a new PSN account in one of the regions listed above.
Please make sure that your demo is a PSP/minis game. To verify, please launch the game and hold the PS button for a while. Then a quick menu should come up with the
Settingsoption, where you can set bilinear filter, etc. If this option is not there, you've likely downloaded the wrong game. For help, please consider watching some youtube tutorials and see how a PSP game should look like.
Download and install qcma to make a backup of your game (launch Content Manager on your PS Vita and follow the instructions on screen).
If you have completed the preparation, you can now sit back and come back in 6-8 weeks for further instructions. It is important that you do not unlink/deactivate your PSN account or restore your settings in this time.
Furthermore, I am looking for a cool exploit name. Best would be a name that is related to sandbox/emulator escaping. If you have something cool in mind, feel free to make a suggestion.
Last but not least, I would like to ask you a favour: if you're following me on Twitter only for PS Vita news, please stop liking/retweeting/commenting to tweets of mine that are not related to PS Vita. The reason is that I am planning to use Twitter more "professionally" in InfSec. There were so many times when I had conversations with people that got interrupted with "3.70 hack wen". I know this is partly my fault, since I didn't give you an exact ETA, but that's because I have got my own real life. I said I'd release the hack somewhen in 2019, such that I do not put myself in too much pressure, as I am currently studying and working on my Bachelor's thesis. I never asked you to praise me or look at as a god or whatever, but the disrespect of some people nearly kills my motivation. If this doesn't stop, I might completely stop working on the PS Vita.