Nearly 20 years after its initial release, a hacker has found a way to run homebrew software on an unmodified PlayStation 2 using nothing but a carefully burned DVD-ROM.
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All you need to hack is a FMCB memory card eBay ($8). DON'T use a USB. USB is painfully slow. Get a HDD and a ps2 HDD adapter. Only if your PS2 is fat, slim PS2s have different things. Watch MrMario tutorials on YouTube. It shouldn't cost more than $50 to get going and a couple hours of hassle.
The first digit in the date code is the year of manufacture. This can be anything from 4 to 9 (2004 to 2009) and also 0 to 3 (2010 to 2013). The second digit in the date code is the quarter of manufacture, A through D for first through fourth quarter of that year. PlayStation 2 News: FreeDVDBoot starts working on Phat PS2 consoles with DVD Player Version 2.10 & 2.12 port – Software hack can be ported to 1.00 to 2.13 with new vulnerabilities! By Aurora August 14, 2020. In this hacker's how-to, you'll learn how to softmod your old Playstation 2 to enable you to run third party software and how to use CogSwapLoader and HDLoader to backup your PS2 games and play them either from a burned DVD or off your hard drive. This will let you hack the PS2 to play pirated games. Remember, pirating software is illegal! This will let you unlock your PS2 to play games if you.
Previous efforts to hack the PS2 relied on internal modifications, external hardware (like pre-hacked memory cards and hard drives), or errors found only on very specific models of the system. The newly discovered FreeDVDBoot differs from this previous work by exploiting an error in the console's DVD video player to create a fully software-based method for running arbitrary code on the system.
Security researcher CTurt laid out the FreeDVDBoot discovery and method in detail in a blog post this weekend. By decrypting and analyzing the code used for the PS2's DVD player, CTurt found a function that expects a 16-bit string from a properly formatted DVD but will actually easily accept over 1.5 megabytes from a malicious source.Sending carefully formatted data to that function causes a buffer overflow that in turn triggers another badly written function to tell the system to jump to an area of memory with arbitrary, attacker-written code. That code can then tell the system to load an ELF file written to a burned DVD-R in the system. Building on previous PS2 homebrew efforts like uLaunchELF, it's relatively simple to use that DVD-R to load homebrew software or even full copies of otherwise copy-protected PS2 games.
The exploit is currently limited to very specific versions of the PS2's DVD player firmware (as of press time, firmwares 3.10 and 3.11, when set to 'English') found in later editions of the console and won't work in earlier systems. But CTurt writes that he's 'confident that all other versions also contain these same trivial IFO parsing buffer overflows' and can be exploited with broadly similar methods. The possibility of similar hacks through the Blu-ray player on the PS3 and PS4 (or the CD player on the PS1) are also being examined by the community.Advertisement
Better late than early?
Hack Ps2 FatalIn the year 2020, a new software-only hacking method for the PS2 seems unlikely to have much effect on Sony's bottom line. But we can't help but marvel at how lucky Sony was that an exploit like this wasn't found and disseminated during the PS2's heyday in the early '00s.
Remember, the PS2 existed in a day and age before regular system firmware updates were distributed via download or packaged on game discs. Thus, a PS2 exploit that allowed for simple, widespread piracy with nothing but a DVD burner could have had a huge impact on the market for PS2 software, much as similar exploits did for the Dreamcast and its legacy.
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More than that, though, this new PS2 hack once again proves that even the best copy-protection schemes will eventually fall if the community puts in enough attention and effort. At best, console makers are just buying time before someone finds a way to trick the system into acting like an arbitrary computer. For Sony, it seems, their efforts bought them over 20 years of effective protection from simple, DVD-R-based hacks.
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