A hacker who goes by the name of CTurt previously broke news of a working PS4 kernel exploit that had the potential to allow homebrew content to run on the console. Today, the hacker has also confirmed that the PS4 is now “officially” jailbroken through his kernel exploit.
According to CTurt, the PS4 jailbreak allows the ability to dump system RAM from other processes. What this means in layman’s terms is that we’re likely to see a custom firmware for the console some time soon, with the ability to run homebrew content.
The hacker’s latest tweets can be seen below.
Just broke WebKit process out of a FreeBSD jail (cred->cr_prison = &prison0). Guess you could say the PS4 is now officially "jailbroken" 😛
— CTurt (@CTurtE) December 12, 2015
PS4 kernel exploit finally working! Thanks to everyone involved!
— CTurt (@CTurtE) December 6, 2015
Based on reports, it appears that the existing hack only works on firmware 1.76, though CTurt claims that it could be made to work on higher firmware versions.
Of course, this could unfortunately also open the gates for piracy. As responsible gamers, we at Gearnuke condemn and discourage such activities. However, it should be noted that a custom firmware can also yield legitimate consumer-friendly gains, such as the ability to play your disc-based PS2 games via emulation instead of being forced to purchase them once again on the PS4.
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