It wasn’t that long ago that the PS3MFW team, were forced to take their work down due to a DMCA enforcement, but that hasn’t stopped them working hard on a new release of their popular, PS3MFW, thanks to the ps3-hacks.com admin a new website was created, that will be safe from the clutches of SCEA, where PS3 developers will be free to publish their work, this is where the PS3MFW team have released their new version of PS3MFW Builder, here are some of the changes that they have made:
- - patch_privacy.tcl –
PS3 collects a large amount of personal information while it’s operating. Additionally personal information is sent to many domain names when internet access is enabled (unrelated to PSN access). This task prevents PS3 from sending any data to the domain names you select.
- - broken_bluray.tcl –
Allows you to remove Blu-Ray firmware installation so that the MFW can be installed without a working Blu-Ray drive. This is potentially dangerous if used on a PS3 with a working drive, and should only be used if the drive is broken.
- - spoof_version.tcl –
Allows changing the firmware version the PS3 appears to be on, similar to the rebug spoofer.
- - change_coldboot_files.tcl –
Advanced users only: Allows changing the sound played and image shown during the boot process. Caution: If improper files are used, this can cause a “brick”.
- - change_ssl_cer.tcl –
Allows changing of SSL certificates.
- - change_theme.tcl –
Can be used to replace the default “Airbrush” theme with another theme file (.p3t format).
- - patch_shop.tcl –
Creates firmware to transform demo PS3s (the units used in stores) into full retail PS3s, without the need for service mode!
Here is a quote from the release notes:
Today we are proud to present our second official release, PS3MFW Builder v0.2. Just as the previous release, v0.2 is intended for firmwares 3.10 and above. Extensive testing of the framework and tasks has been successful with all versions above 3.10, the majority of tasks are also successful below 3.10. PS3MFW Builder v0.2 contains many new features that further improve usability. For this new version, PS3MFW Builder and the tasks have been moved to seperate repositories on git-hacks.com. Builder 0.2 adds new functions to aid in the creation of tasks, with 2 bug fixes. For programmers, the new core offers more flexibility for tasks and allows to manipulate the user interface better.
Furthermore, several exciting new tasks have been created. The most interesting one is a new privacy patch, which keeps PS3 from sending personally identifiable information to many configurable domain names: After jailbreak became available for PS3, reverse engineers discovered that the PS3 collects a multitude of personal information without your knowledge, such as such as your TV model, a list of all usb devices (including product IDs) you ever plugged into your PS3, usage statistics, which games and media you play and more.
The Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) specifically allows for consumers to circumvent technological protection measures in order to protect their privacy. Even though there was little doubt concerning the legality of PS3MFW Builder before because it in itself does not circumvent any technological protection measures, this new feature makes using it inside the USA fully DMCA compliant.
Additionally, PS3MFW Builder v0.2 allows for several new customizations, including a firmware version spoofer, a way to edit the look and sound of the boot sequence by inserting your own coldboot files, and a task to replace the default “Airbush” XMB theme. Now it can also create modified firmwares that can be installed on PS3s with broken Blu-Ray drives as well as create firmwares that can convert demo (kiosk/shop) units into regular retail PS3s! A bug that prevented USB storage devices from being shown under Game Data Utility was fixed.
The new PS3MFW Builder v0.2 and tasks can be found at www.git-hacks.com/ps3mfw
To use PS3MFW Builder, the following is needed:
-The latest version of ps3tools (not older than 25 March 2011), found on git-hacks.com
-Tcl/Tk 8.5 ( http://www.tcl.tk/software/tcltk/8.5.tml )
-rcomage for some tasks
Thanks to, NGT, zaspan and ultimathacker for the tip.