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PS3 Firmware Update Combats Jailbreak Devices

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Sony has launched another mandatory firmware update for its home console, with hopes to close a hole in the system's security.

According to the BBC, firmware update 3.42 for the PlayStation 3 will combat the recently released USB device PS Jailbreak and other software-based emulating exploits.

Since it first appeared online for sale, Sony has battled to keep the USB dongle PS Jailbreak out of the hands of its customers. Using a security loophole, the device allowed gamers to play pirated software.

Sony would not detail the specific changes made in the update, but a representative told BBC: "As we always have, we will continue to take necessary actions to both hardware and software to protect the intellectual content provided on the PlayStation 3." Further detail on the European PlayStation Blog confirmed the update was aimed at addressing "security and vulnerability in the system software."

Last last month, an Australian Federal Court granted Sony a temporary injunction against the sales of the PS Jailbreak device, forcing the hacking tool's creators to hand existing units of the device to Sony [Official court document].

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    September 7, 2010 8:23 AM

    Another month, another mandatory 20 minute+ system hosing PS3 update. Yeah!

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      September 7, 2010 8:38 AM

      what they suppose to do? let ppl steal software and sales from them.

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        September 7, 2010 10:24 AM

        Let the few people with the capability to take advantage of this jailbreak do so until they have a patch that adds something to the console. For example, they have a 3D BD playback firmware to add that was supposed to be coming this month and now is pushed back to October. Or the much-discussed Netflix adding patch. Or the one that adds Hulu Plus for all users (not just PSN+).

        Any of those could have served as a great opportunity to kill the jailbreak. Instead, they throw up yet another small patch that does nothing for the consumer and everything for them. Just like when they killed Other OS.

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      September 7, 2010 10:07 AM

      20 minutes? you an dialup?

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      September 7, 2010 7:54 PM

      Your shit is broken if it's taking 20 minutes to update anything. Update d/l and install took ~5 mins.