PS4 Jailbreak Timeline

  • WebKit Exploit For Firmware 5.01 Released

    March 2018

    ALEXZZZ9 released a WebKit exploit based on vulnerability CVE-2017-7005, also used by the PegaSwitch project. qwertyoruiop has rewritten the exploit to increase stability. The exploit is compatible with firmware 5.50.

  • Full Exploit For Firmware 4.55 Released

    February 2018

    qwertyoruiop, SpecterDev and flatz released a full WebKit + kernel exploit implementation for firmware 4.55.

  • PS4 Homebrew Enabler Released

    January 2018

    Developer wildcard released a payload called PS4HEN which enables homebrew (and piracy as a side effect). This payload was created using flatz's writeup.

  • Writeup Released for Launching Homebrew

    January 2018

    Developer flatz releases a writeup explaining how to run fake signed ELFs and packages on retail consoles, also known as running custom content/homebrew.

  • Kernel Implementation for 4.05 Released

    December 2017

    Specter releases his kernel exploit implementation for firmware 4.05 to the public, and releases his writeup of the exploit. Utilizes qwertyuiop's WebKit exploit.

  • PKG Decryption Tool Released

    December 2017

    Red-EyeX32 releases tool that allows full decryption of PKG files; contains the necessary keys in order for complete decryption. Keys can be found on the PSDevWiki.

  • Write Up for 4.05 Kernel Exploit Released

    October 2017

    fail0verflow presents a detailed write up on the kernel exploitation that was used for 4.05 systems; utilised also by Chaitin Tech and potentially many more. Exploit patched in 4.06.

  • Firmware 5.00 Fully Exploited

    October 2017

    qwertyuiop succeeds in fully exploiting 5.00 after tweeting a picture of a confirmation of a WebKit exploit. Kernel code execution achieved.

  • First Video Showcase of a Jailbroken 4.55 PS4 System

    October 2017

    flat z demonstrates the ability to install custom PKG files on the PS4 system running using package manager in debug settings. Utililses qwertyuiop's exploit.

  • First Homebrew Displaying Information About PS4 System

    October 2017

    Video shows PSID/IDPS and process viewer. Credits to ZeraTron, psxdev and TheoryWrong.

  • First Homebrew Showcased

    September 2017

    Developer psxdev releases video of homebrew running on 1.76 systems.

  • Method of Running Backup Games Achieved

    September 2017

    zecoxao releases a tutorial on method for 1.76 systems.

  • MTX Key Developed from Stolen Designs

    July 2017

    The MTX key is a modchip enabling the playing of backup games via unlimited game sharing for firmware 4.72. Allegedly, the designs for the chip were stolen from Freeplex and the vulnerabilities were known to the community for some time. The modchip was patched in 4.73, after exposure, giving it an active life of only a few weeks.

  • Firmware 4.55 Fully Exploited

    April 2017

    Achieved by qwertyuiop. He mentions a possible release when patched. Has commented that the ideal would be to keep one set of exploits for private research.

  • Claim of New Kernel Exploit

    April 2017

    qwertyuiop has 0day exploit that works on 4.50.

  • WebKit Exploit Released for Firmwares 4.0X

    March 2017

    Developed by qwertyuiop. Can be found at rce.party/ps4/. Apparently patched in 4.50.

  • Fail0verflow Run Steam on 4.05 PS4 System

    December 2016

    Achieved via the running of Linux. No plan to release exploit.

  • Chaitin Tech Showcase

    December 2016

    Firmware 4.01 jailbreak presented at Geekpwn. First time a full exploit has been shown publically since firmware 1.76. No release.

  • HENkaku Exploit Ported to PS4

    August 2016

    The exploit developed for PS Vita systems was ported by Fire30 to exploit the WebKit on 3.55 firmware.

  • kR105 Discloses dlclose Exploit

    April 2016

    Further, kR105 integrates support for booting Linux from PS4-Playground tools for 1.76 systems.

  • Fail0verflow Demonstrate PS4 Running Linux

    December 2015

    Files are provided to run Linux on PS4 systems. No disclosure of what system firmware was being run; speculation suggests 1.76.

  • Confirmation of PS4 Kernel Exploit

    December 2015

    CTurt produced a detailed write up of how the exploit worked. CTurt resigns from the PS4 scene.

  • Brazil 'Jailbreak' Surfaces

    April 2015

    A method was developed that allowed the copying of PS4 game licenses enabling the ability to play backup games. cfwprophet claims that this method will brick systems running firmware 2.51.

  • First Entry Point Made Public

    October 2014

    Developers nas and proxima extended Vita WebKit exploit to work on PS4s with firmware 1.76.