George Hotz, a iPhone hacker who unlocked Apple’s iPhone, recently discovered a exploit on the PS3. Speaking to the BBC, he said the exploit “gives full memory space access and therefore ring 0 access from OtherOS.” He has since released the exploit on his blog, hoping to ignite the PS3 homebrew scene. The exploit is currently too complicated for just anyone to use it, but it could allow users to play pirated games.
It will take some time for any homebrew applications or workable hacks to appear as a result of this exploit. According to the BBC, Sony said it was “investigating the report” and would “clarify the situation” when it had more information.
In his blog post Hotz said, “In the interest of openness, I’ve decided to release the exploit. Hopefully, this will ignite the PS3 scene, and you will organize and figure out how to use this to do practical things, like the iPhone when jailbreaks were first released. I have a life to get back to and can’t keep working on this all day and night.”