After nearly two years in the market, the designers have managed to jailbreak the PlayStation 5. While this is exciting news to some, the exploit is still in its infancy which means there is still a lot of work to do to make it stable. This news was announced by security researcher SpecterDev, who has in the past released firmware exploits for the PlayStation 4. The new experimental WebKit-based kernel exploit currently works with firmware version 4.03 for the PlayStation 5. It is not compatible with the latest firmware . versions, although it is possible that they may be ported to older versions.
According to the GitHub page, the exploit was created using the previous work of TheFloW, known as Andy Nguyen, who in the past contributed to the PlayStation 4 exploit and is better known for his contributions to the PlayStation Vita community. The new exploit will give users root access and also to the console patch menu. With both options unlocked, curious people are now free to tinker with the console’s inner workings. Currently, due to exploit limitations, users will be able to install PKG files without playing them.
This is beautiful.
PlayStation 5 has been jailbroken. pic.twitter.com/54fvBGoQGw
– Lance MacDonald (@manfightdragon) October 3, 2022
If you are interested in the exploit, but don’t have a PlayStation 5 to test it out, you can watch the video above. Modder Lance McDonald shows the exploit by going through the installation process, displaying the debug menu, and installing the PKG file for the game. But the video wraps up before the mod plays the game because, as mentioned earlier, that’s not possible at the moment. But, this is only the first step, and now, with the portals open and publicly available research, it will only be a matter of time before more and more exploits for the console start to appear. No doubt Sony will keep an eye on this. Despite this, there are still a number of limitations, according to SpecterDev:
- The exploit is unstable and does not work all the time. It will take several attempts to get it working properly, and once that happens, be sure to exit with the circle button instead of the PlayStation button.
- The exploit provides read and write access, but no executable access. This means that applications cannot currently run, even though memory can currently be handled.
In light of this news, it might be a fun time to pick up the new console, but Sony recently announced that it’s raising the price of its consoles in some regions. While this came as a surprise to many, the company stated that it was a “necessity” due to global inflation and currency fluctuations linked to exchange rates.
The opinion of Adam Conway, Senior Technical Editor at XDA: Although this exploit is currently limited in nature, it is often that this additional access gained on an older version of firmware may open the door to exploits in newer versions of the firmware, or at least could show some secrets to modifiers of how things work under the cover. The same thing happened on the Nintendo 3DS, where vulnerabilities in older firmware versions allowed depositors to better access the inner workings of the system. From there the gates opened even if it took some time.
If you have a PlayStation 5 on a newer firmware version and want to emulate games or play homebrew, don’t lose hope just yet. As the PlayStation 5 scene progresses, efforts on older versions will help increase the general understanding of the console’s inner workings. There are still things that depositors don’t understand about the system yet, which is why even this exploit is very limited. Over time, understanding of the system will only grow.