Two Sony PS5 exploits disclosed the same day

Threat actors stole PS5 root keys using kernel exploits demonstrating the need to improve the security of the popular gaming console.

Threat actors stole Sony PS5 root keys from the popular gaming console using two exploits for kernel vulnerabilities. The two exploits weren’t disclosed to the company, the hackers published both exploits on Twitter on November 7.

A PS5 exploit could allow hackers to install pirated games and run emulators, for this reason they are considered very precious in the gaming communities.

The FailOverFlow hacker group, known to have published in the past several PlayStation jailbreaks, published a message on Twitter that shows PS5 firmware symmetric root keys,

The group claims to have obtained all the Sony PS5 root keys from software, including per-console root key.

The same day, Google security engineer Andy Nguyen, aka @theflow0, announced to have found another exploit on Twitter. The expert claims to have had access the PlayStation 5 “Debug Settings” using a PS5 kernel exploit, but has no plan to publicly disclose it.

“If we thought last week’s PS4 “something big coming” announce set the scene on fire, this one dropped more like a bomb. Rarely can a single picture ignite such a reaction on the scene: hacker TheFloW has shared a PS5 screenshot showcasing the infamous PlayStation “Debug Settings” menu, strongly indicating the hacker has a PS5 Kernel Exploit.” reported the Wolo website.

According to Zecoxao, TheFloW used the PS5Share functionality of the console to post his screenshot to Twitter a circumstance that confirms that the exploit is running on the latest and greatest firmware.

The menu that is visible in the tweet is available only on testkit Playstation devices and can be enabled on consoles by patching some flags at specific addresses in the firmware.

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Pierluigi Paganini

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Pierluigi Paganini: Pierluigi Paganini is member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group and Cyber G7 Group, he is also a Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer. Editor-in-Chief at "Cyber Defense Magazine", Pierluigi is a cyber security expert with over 20 years experience in the field, he is Certified Ethical Hacker at EC Council in London. The passion for writing and a strong belief that security is founded on sharing and awareness led Pierluigi to find the security blog "Security Affairs" recently named a Top National Security Resource for US. Pierluigi is a member of the "The Hacker News" team and he is a writer for some major publications in the field such as Cyber War Zone, ICTTF, Infosec Island, Infosec Institute, The Hacker News Magazine and for many other Security magazines. Author of the Books "The Deep Dark Web" and “Digital Virtual Currency and Bitcoin”.

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