Vita exploits discovered in PSP games

While Sony has upped its efforts on making the Vita a more secure platform, it appears that offering backwards compatibility with the PSP is biting Sony yet again.

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Even as Vita starts picking up steam, Sony is still haunted by the rampant piracy of the PSP. While Sony has upped its efforts on making the Vita a more secure platform, it appears that offering backwards compatibility with the PSP is biting Sony yet again. According to a new report, exploits that allow hackers to run homebrew software have been discovered in two downloadable PSP games: MotorStorm Arctic Edge and Hot Shots Tennis.

"PlayStation hackers have claimed that both titles allow a software trick to be used that gives access to the handheld's core functionality," Edge reports. Through the exploit, homebrew programs like Lamecraft can be run on the Vita:

Homebrew programmer W. Ololo noted that both games have disappeared from the PlayStation Store, suggesting Sony is actively monitoring these developments. While any exploit will be worrisome to Sony and any third-party/indie Vita developer, he emphasizes that the exploit "does not allow people to pirate any PSP or Vita games... People who actually tried to use HBL’s source code in order to run pirated games never succeeded in its 2 years of existence, and let me tell you that many have tried."

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    March 27, 2012 9:00 AM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Vita exploits discovered in PSP games.

    While Sony has upped its efforts on making the Vita a more secure platform, it appears that offering backwards compatibility with the PSP is biting Sony yet again.

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      March 27, 2012 9:17 AM

      Haha poor Sony.

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        March 27, 2012 9:42 AM

        You mean poor gamers. I have nothing against homebrew, but whatever exploits, hacks or workarounds that come about to enable homebrew eventually lead to others enabling piracy... and we all know what happened to the PSP.. a great system that hardly any developers wanted to risk their money on.

        The consumer is who gets hurt in the end via fewer games for the system. Hopefully that doesn't happen to the Vita as I really enjoy it so far and would love to see developers keep making games for it.

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          March 27, 2012 9:47 AM

          I don't think it's such a big deal this time. The only way to get the games that enable the exploits is via PSN, which they have been removed from. Most likely Sony will patch out the exploits and put them back up, leaving only the people who already downloaded them to use the exploits.

          This particular exploit doesn't allow for custom firmware nor does it enable piracy, so it's a dead end.

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      March 27, 2012 9:18 AM

      and now we know backwards compatibility is going to die a rapid death across the next consoles.

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        March 27, 2012 9:30 AM

        I don't think it will be quite that bad, considering only 2 psp games have been discovered with this exploit (both are not even that fantastic), I know, I know, for now its only 2, but I think Sony has learned something with not including BC with the majority of its ps3 systems.

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          March 27, 2012 9:35 AM

          Actually, they have many games with exploits but they only release them one at a time because Sony pulls them from the store almost instantly.

          Also one of the big psp hackers has kernel mode access via the psp emulator on the vita. He's working on a HEN right now.

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      March 27, 2012 9:19 AM

      RUH ROH

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      March 27, 2012 2:13 PM

      of course homebrew would be a terrible thing

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      March 27, 2012 7:58 PM

      they aren't Vita exploits. this is all within the psp emulator. those are psp homebrew