PlayStation Portal: TheFloW confirms exploit patched in Firmware 2.06

Hacker TheFloW has confirmed today that the PlayStation Portal exploit he revealed back in February has been disclosed to, and patched by Sony. Specifically, Firmware 2.06 fixes the vulnerability, says TheFloW.

Playstation Portal hack – the status

Back in February, TheFloW announced that he and hackers xyz and ZetaTwo had discovered a vulnerability and crafted an exploit chain to run on the PlayStation Portal. The hack allowed them to run PPSSPP, a PSP emulator for Android, on the PlayStation Portal (the PlayStation portal itself is based on Android).

The hackers disclosed the vulnerability to Sony, possibly through their HackerOne bounty program (the PS5 scope on HackerOne includes PS5 accessories), and Sony promptly fixed the bug(s).

As TheFloW correctly points out, to those annoyed that the exploit was disclosed to Sony, this doesn’t make any difference: either the bug is responsibly disclosed, then gets patched, and people who stay on a lower firmware will eventually benefit from it; or the it isn’t disclosed through responsible channels, gets released in the wild, people have fun with it for a week, then it gets patched anyway. Bottom line: in both cases, staying on a lower firmware is the only way to get, then keep the exploit.

Should you update your PlayStation portal?

I do not own the PlayStation portal but it is safe to assume that the device won’t connect to a PS5 if it’s not running the latest (or, a somewhat recent) firmware. So, ultimately, if you plan to use the device for its intended purpose, you’ll have to update.

Conversely, if you want to update it as a cool, generic android device with a great screen and controllers, you might want to stay on a lower firmware. I’m having a hard time seeing the benefit in that personally at the moment

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PlayStation 5 September 13 Firmware Update Available Now

PlayStation has globally released the new September 13 firmware update for the PlayStation 5. The update is available now regardless of where you are in the world.

The latest PlayStation 5 update includes several features, including more ways to customize your multiplayer experience, new accessibility features, remote play on Android, and more. The company revealed further details on the September 13 update on their official website.

September Firmware Update for the PlayStation 5 Details

PlayStation 5 New Firmware Update

Several new features introduced in the latest firmware update were tested in July with a software beta. The major highlights from that beta are:

  • New accessibility features, such as using a second DualSense controller for assistance
  • New audio options that allow 3D Audio powered by Tempest 3D AudioTech to be enjoyed on compatible Dolby Atmos-enabled HDMI devices
  • New ways to connect with other players and customize your multiplayer sessions
  • Support for larger-capacity M.2 SSDs (up to 8TB).

There are also some new additions that aren’t carried over from the beta. For one, Android phones and select Android TVs now support remote play. Fans can now play any game of their choice through the power of the cloud on iOS and Android. Further, there will also be some new PlayStation App updates: You can now react to messages with emojis and see a preview of someone’s Share Screen before joining the party on the app.

Additionally, the new update includes some new quality-of-life updates. These include:

  • The ability to use a second controller for assistance
  • Support for haptic feedback while navigating the PS5
  • Share screen preview
  • Search for games in the library
  • Game help improvements
  • Mute PS5 beep sound
  • Party UI features are much more ease-of-use

Certain features, such as game help, are exclusive to PlayStation Plus members. Regardless, most features in the new firmware update

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How to get a PlayStation 1 or PlayStation 2 BIOS without a console

If you want to emulate PS2 or PS1 games, you’ll need a BIOS. Here’s a quick and easy way to get one legally.


The PlayStation 2 is a nostalgic console to many people, but emulating it can be difficult. If you don’t mod your console and dump the BIOS, you won’t be able to emulate games through the likes of AetherSX2. Now, it turns out that it’s possible to download and extract a BIOS from the official PS3 firmware with just a little bit of work.


These steps are written for Windows, but they are quite similar on Linux, too. This is important because dumping a BIOS from a PS2 requires something like FreeMcBoot, but dumping games can be done with most conventional disc readers on a PC.

What you need

  • An internet connection: You’ll need the internet to download the PS3 emulator and the PS3 firmware file unless you want to rip it from a PS3 disc.
  • RPCS3: RPCS3 is an open-source PlayStation 3 emulator that will allow you to pull the PS2 BIOS files from the firmware.
  • A PS3 firmware PUP file: You can download this from Sony.
  • Firmware BIOS claim: You can download this from Internet Archive.

Step 1: Install RPCS3 and download the PS3 firmware

RPCS3

You’ll need to download RPCS3 and install it to put in the PlayStation 3 firmware, which contains the BIOS files necessary to execute PS1 and PS2 games. The emulator will allow us to interact with that firmware and pull those files out.

  1. Install RPCS3 and download your PS3 firmware.
  2. Click File at the top left and select Install firmware.
  3. Navigate to the PS3UPDAT.PUP file.
    BIOSClaim1

Step 2: Run firmware BIOS claim

This part will extract the actual BIOS files from your PS3 firmware.

  1. Close RPCS3
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