Jailbreak Timeline

All PS4 bugs, entry points, exploits and general interesting discoveries over the lifespan of the console in chronological order as they happened. The timeline will be updated as soon as there's a new milestone!

  • March 2019

    WebKit Exploit Implemented by SpecterDev

    WebKit exploit CVE-2018-4441 was implemented by SpecterDev. Originally discovered by lokihardt from Google Project Zero, and patched in firmware 6.50.

  • December 2018

    OpenGL Writeup Released

    A writeup was released by developer flatz explaining how to implement the OpenGL graphics API into homebrews.

  • November 2018

    Kernel Implementation for 4.74 Released

    Developers SpecterDev and CelesteBlue released a kernel exploit implementation for firmware 4.74.

  • May 2018

    Kernel Implementation for 5.05 Released

    Developer SpecterDev releases his kernel exploit implementation for firmware 5.05 to the public, and releases his writeup of the exploit with it. Original exploit found by developer qwertyuiop.

  • May 2018

    Project Mira: The Homebrew Platform Released

    Project Mira by OpenOrbis has been released to the public. Mira enables the use of custom firmware features, but is not a permanent modification.

  • March 2018

    WebKit Exploit For Firmware 5.01 Released

    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.

  • February 2018

    Full Exploit For Firmware 4.55 Released

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

  • January 2018

    PS4 Homebrew Enabler Released

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

  • January 2018

    Writeup Released for Launching Homebrew

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

  • December 2017

    Kernel Implementation for 4.05 Released

    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.

  • December 2017

    PKG Decryption Tool Released

    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.

  • October 2017

    Write Up for 4.05 Kernel Exploit Released

    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.

  • October 2017

    Firmware 5.00 Fully Exploited

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

  • October 2017

    First Video Showcase of a Jailbroken 4.55 PS4 System

    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.

  • October 2017

    First Homebrew Displaying Information About PS4 System

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

  • September 2017

    First Homebrew Showcased

    Developer psxdev releases video of homebrew running on 1.76 systems.

  • September 2017

    Method of Running Backup Games Achieved

    zecoxao releases a tutorial on running backup games for 1.76 systems.

  • July 2017

    MTX Key Developed from Stolen Designs

    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.

  • April 2017

    Firmware 4.55 Fully Exploited

    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.

  • April 2017

    Claim of New Kernel Exploit

    qwertyuiop has 0day exploit that works on 4.50.

  • March 2017

    WebKit Exploit Released for Firmwares 4.0X

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

  • December 2016

    Fail0verflow Run Steam on 4.05 PS4 System

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

  • December 2016

    Chaitin Tech Showcase

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

  • August 2016

    HENkaku Exploit Ported to PS4

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

  • April 2016

    kR105 Discloses dlclose Exploit

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

  • December 2015

    Fail0verflow Demonstrate PS4 Running Linux

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

  • December 2015

    Confirmation of PS4 Kernel Exploit

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

  • April 2015

    Brazil 'Jailbreak' Surfaces

    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.

  • October 2014

    First Entry Point Made Public

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