PlayStation 4 Hacked To Run Linux By fail0verflow

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Hacked-PS4-pokemonShort Bytes: Console cracking group fail0verflow has managed to hack PlayStation 4 and play Pokémon. The group made use of a WebKit bug to access the Linux Free BSD based Sony Orbis operating system.

Every time a new PlayStation or Xbox is released, hackers start finding new ways to crack the console. Similarly, ever since the PlayStation 4 first went on sale, hackers didn’t achieve much success opening up this fun machine.

However, past one month wasn’t great for developers working at Sony. Earlier this month, PlayStation 4 was jailbroken and allowed modifications in the console. Moving one step ahead, console cracking group fail0verflow managed to hack a PlayStation 4 to run Linux.

The group made use of a WebKit bug to access the Linux Free BSD based Sony Orbis operating system. This attack works in PlayStation 4 version 1.76.

For the time being Sony has patched the bug, but it’s believed that fail0verflow might be able to refine the process to apply it on recent versions of the console.

The cracking group loaded a Game Boy emulator on the hacked machine and played Pokémon.

Below is the video of fail0verflow’s brief presentation from the 32nd Chaos Communication Congress.

Watch the video below:

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Also read: China Lifts Gaming Console Ban After 15 Years

Adarsh Verma

Adarsh Verma

Fossbytes co-founder and an aspiring entrepreneur who keeps a close eye on open source, tech giants, and security. Get in touch with him by sending an email — [email protected]

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