• PSP Developer wololo has announced The next exploitable game for VHBL, here is an awesome quote from his blog, now i usually just post a snippet of the source material, but i thought this post was so awesome, that it needed to be posted in its entirety :)

     

    Dear Sony, it has come to my attention that one of the PSP games available on the playstation Vita has a vulnerability that could lead to the execution of external code by some malicious users. Therefore I am writing this blog post so that you can patch the game or remove it from the PSN store as soon as possible. Preferably, I suggest you take the money from your clients first, and prevent them from downloading the game afterwards, just like you did withMotorstorm Arctic Edge, 3 weeks ago. This way it will be a win-win situation for you, and you can always blame it on the hackers later on.

     

    As a matter of fact, I have discovered that some “hackers” (I prefer to call them terrorists) have already prepared a tool wich, using this vulnerability, could allow people to run software that would be extremely dangerous for your business, such as 20 year-old 8 bit games and 154 different versions of pong.

    I think this puts your business at risk, and I’ve tried to stop those vilains by all means necessary, but sadly it seems they are not breaking any law. Hopefully, giving you the name of the game will help you to take some efficient action. Those people are clearly wrong in their mind to try to play crappy open source software, when they could enjoy a great game such as Ridge Racer for less than 10$ a track, (which is clearly not a ripoff compared to the price one would have to pay in the real world to drive cars that completely defy the laws of physics. Although on that subject I woud like if you could help me, as my version of the game seems to be blocked in “demo mode” for some reason. All the 5 cars have exactly the same specs, so surely there’s something I’ve done wrong somewhere.)

    I digress. The name of the game is Everybody’s Tennis. It is also known as Minna no tennis in Japan. Thankfully the game is not available on the US Vita store, so this should limit the problems on your end. I heard however that these hackers have prepared a US version of the hack just in case that version is being sold somewhere such as the HK store. I also heard people can buy the UK version from the US if they buy some PSN cards from resellers on ebay and other sites. If I may give some advice, I think this is not secure enough. True, you did a good job in preventing people from buying games outside of the country they live in (and being a French living in Japan, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the fact that I can’t buy any game on the French PSN, this is exactly how globalization should work, and it helps me sparing lots of money by not buying any game), but I think in order to avoid future hacks, you should simply prevent everyone from buying games on the PSN, which will guarantee you a complete control of the market.

    The hackers also announced they would release their hack a few hours or days after they announce the name of the game being used. They claim this only allows people to run “homebrew” games and that in no way it allows people to play pirated PSP or vita games, but I think this is not an excuse to hack.

    I realize it is saturday evening for your teams in Europe, and Sunday morning in Japan. I hope you will not have to wake some people in the middle of the night just to take action, I would have chosen a better time, but I myself have very little time to blog outside of weekends.

    Hoping that working together we will be able to stop hackers. I seem to be one of the few people on Earth who understand that the real enemies of the Vita are not your poor marketing techniques, the terrible software such as the “back to the 90′s” netfront browser, the bad launch lineup, the delays on the playstation suite, the recent downgrade from 5 to 2 allowed copies of any given psn game, and the increasing competition of smartphones that all have better CPUs than the Vita. No, the real enemies are those people playing Lamecraft, who are clearly killing the videogame market, so let’s destroy them together.

    Please pay extra attention to the dev known as wth, who apparently is behind this whole thing, as well as Teck4 who apparently helped him for the Japanese version of the hack. I also heard that somes guys named mamosuke and msparky83 were involved in the testing. It would be good if you have a way to maybe track these guys’ phones or something. Or maybe you can simply sue them, I heard it’s something you do very well.

    Yours truly, W. Ololo

    So the game is “Everybody’s Tennis”, go get it and install it, before Sony removes it.

    Source wololo’s blog
    Go give him some support and a thanks :)

    Discuss in Forums (32)


  • 32 Comments

    1. bigfishbad
      03-24-2012
      11:08 PM
      1

      Originally Posted by wololo
      Dear Sony, it has come to my attention that one of the PSP games available on the playstation Vita has a vulnerability that could lead to the execution of external code by some malicious users. Therefore I am writing this blog post so that you can patch the game or remove it from the PSN store as soon as possible. Preferably, I suggest you take the money from your clients first, and prevent them from downloading the game afterwards, just like you did with Motorstorm Arctic Edge, 3 weeks ago. This way it will be a win-win situation for you, and you can always blame it on the hackers later on.

      As a matter of fact, I have discovered that some “hackers” (I prefer to call them terrorists) have already prepared a tool wich, using this vulnerability, could allow people to run software that would be extremely dangerous for your business, such as 20 year-old 8 bit games and 154 different versions of pong.

      I think this puts your business at risk, and I’ve tried to stop those vilains by all means necessary, but sadly it seems they are not breaking any law. Hopefully, giving you the name of the game will help you to take some efficient action. Those people are clearly wrong in their mind to try to play crappy open source software, when they could enjoy a great game such as Ridge Racer for less than 10$ a track, (which is clearly not a ripoff compared to the price one would have to pay in the real world to drive cars that completely defy the laws of physics. Although on that subject I woud like if you could help me, as my version of the game seems to be blocked in “demo mode” for some reason. All the 5 cars have exactly the same specs, so surely there’s something I’ve done wrong somewhere.)

      I digress. The name of the game is Everybody’s Tennis. It is also known as Minna no tennis in Japan. Thankfully the game is not available on the US Vita store, so this should limit the problems on your end. I heard however that these hackers have prepared a US version of the hack just in case that version is being sold somewhere such as the HK store. I also heard people can buy the UK version from the US if they buy some PSN cards from resellers on ebay and other sites. If I may give some advice, I think this is not secure enough. True, you did a good job in preventing people from buying games outside of the country they live in (and being a French living in Japan, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the fact that I can’t buy any game on the French PSN, this is exactly how globalization should work, and it helps me sparing lots of money by not buying any game), but I think in order to avoid future hacks, you should simply prevent everyone from buying games on the PSN, which will guarantee you a complete control of the market.

      The hackers also announced they would release their hack a few hours or days after they announce the name of the game being used. They claim this only allows people to run “homebrew” games and that in no way it allows people to play pirated PSP or vita games, but I think this is not an excuse to hack.

      I realize it is saturday evening for your teams in Europe, and Sunday morning in Japan. I hope you will not have to wake some people in the middle of the night just to take action, I would have chosen a better time, but I myself have very little time to blog outside of weekends.

      Hoping that working together we will be able to stop hackers. I seem to be one of the few people on Earth who understand that the real enemies of the Vita are not your poor marketing techniques, the terrible software such as the “back to the 90′s” netfront browser, the bad launch lineup, the delays on the playstation suite, the recent downgrade from 5 to 2 allowed copies of any given psn game, and the increasing competition of smartphones that all have better CPUs than the Vita. No, the real enemies are those people playing Lamecraft, who are clearly killing the videogame market, so let’s destroy them together.

      Please pay extra attention to the dev known as wth, who apparently is behind this whole thing, as well as Teck4 who apparently helped him for the Japanese version of the hack. I also heard that somes guys named mamosuke and msparky83 were involved in the testing. It would be good if you have a way to maybe track these guys’ phones or something. Or maybe you can simply sue them, I heard it’s something you do very well.

      Yours truly, W. Ololo
      the game
      Everybody’s Tennis
      not in U.S.A again

      source
      http://wololo.net/wagic/2012/03/25/dear-sony/


      (EDIT)
      my bad the HBL is not released just the name of the game

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      is anything stopping this from working on the ps3 with ps mini's?
      i understand it takes a long time to check each game for crashes and not all crashes can be used for this?
      i dont mind putting it the hours trying to look for the same error's in mini's as long as it would be possible to port HBL to mini's
      does the psp & ps3 share the same mini's saves? can you transfer the saves from psp to ps3 ? if so its worth a shot

    2. Cheesethief
      03-24-2012
      11:13 PM
      2

      Lol, Wololo is awesome.

    3. LoboGuara
      03-24-2012
      11:20 PM
      3

      Well written, but the exaggerated sarcasm make it a little annoying. Its a game name announcement or a letter to sony? Or maybe both?

      The relevant part:

      Originally Posted by atlumet
      The next exploitable game for VHBL has been named and announced on Wololo's blog.(...) The name of the game is Everybody’s Tennis. (...)
      The other stuff we already know

    4. tjhooker73
      03-25-2012
      01:33 AM
      4

      I know msparky83

    5. GraVoX959
      03-25-2012
      02:12 AM
      5

      Its an overused net word.. but EPIC post Wololo

    6. japsander
      03-25-2012
      05:04 AM
      6

      i like wololo,
      he seems to have the same sarcastic tone as i do :D

    7. psyki
      03-25-2012
      05:17 AM
      7

      HAHAHA

      thats awesome
      gave me a few laughs

    8. pereb27
      03-25-2012
      06:16 AM
      8

      Released out of the blue on a Sunday?
      Well played, wololo, well played.

    9. brutalmoddedtutorial
      03-25-2012
      06:50 AM
      9

      yeaah i bought it and download it alreadyy biaatccchh!!!!! now w8 for the filess

    10. GregoryRasputin
      03-25-2012
      07:50 AM
      10

      Wololo is epic :D

    11. hellsing9
      03-25-2012
      08:00 AM
      11

      Wololo speech = Sour/Ironic and true.

    12. DjKlown
      03-25-2012
      08:01 AM
      12

      It's both. Sarcasim and the game announcement. Wouldn't be aurprised that with the next fw announcement from sony has the removal of psp emulation. Oh wait Sony only adds features not take them away. Silly me. Gl to those in the vita scene of life. Hmmm maybe I can get in touch with wolo. I have a theory for the .ps3 which needs a genius.like wolo to answere

    13. LoboGuara
      03-25-2012
      08:01 AM
      13

      Agreed!

      Theres already a thread about this, I was drunk and posted in wrong place xD

    14. GregoryRasputin
      03-25-2012
      08:08 AM
      14

      [MENTION=186943]hellsing9[/MENTION] this thread was created first, so it is the other thread that is a duplicate....

    15. hellsing9
      03-25-2012
      08:15 AM
      15

      [MENTION=7773]GregoryRasputin[/MENTION] my bad.

      Originally Posted by LoboGuara
      Agreed!

      Theres already a thread about this, I was drunk and posted in wrong place xD
      I used an erratic judgment : user (1 post) creating a thread about wololo against another user with 53 post [MENTION=213003]bigfishbad[/MENTION] and in the right section = Psvita Hax news.
      So it's nothing wrong with you [MENTION=208881]LoboGuara[/MENTION] :P

    16. GregoryRasputin
      03-25-2012
      08:25 AM
      16

      Originally Posted by hellsing9
      [MENTION=7773]GregoryRasputin[/MENTION] my bad.
      Its ok, ill thanks this poster when i front page.

    17. H3avyRa1n
      03-25-2012
      08:30 AM
      17

      this guy has some big nuts

    18. hellsing9
      03-25-2012
      08:31 AM
      18

      [MENTION=7773]GregoryRasputin[/MENTION] roger, the other thread have some extra info in it :

      source
      http://wololo.net/wagic/2012/03/25/dear-sony/

    19. LoboGuara
      03-25-2012
      08:37 AM
      19

      Originally Posted by hellsing9
      So it's nothing wrong with you
      No, was a double fail hahaha.
      I was reading the other thread and posted here by mistake, even if this is the correct one.

    20. hellsing9
      03-25-2012
      08:48 AM
      20

      I double failed again im human, here is 10:46 AM and redbull don't gave me wings last night. (joking)
      Crash landed very bad.

      Now reading well what Wololo guy has to say.

    21. GregoryRasputin
      03-25-2012
      09:06 AM
      21

      Merged both threads, no harm done

    22. alienkid
      03-25-2012
      10:03 AM
      22

      Excellent!
      Big up Wololo!

    23. BaronGalf
      03-25-2012
      10:52 AM
      23

      Hummm "Hot shot tennis" in the us is the same game isn't it?

    24. funstuff234
      03-25-2012
      11:41 AM
      24

      The PSP scene has always been better than the PS3 scene thanks to guys like Wololo, and it looks like the Vita scene is going to be getting the same support. :D

    25. vaalir
      03-25-2012
      12:20 PM
      25

      are we REALLY sure that it really is the tennis game?

      i mean, from the tone of the post, he may very well just be messing with sony. if that is a good selling game, he might just say it is that game, just to ruin things a little for sony. and suddenly a couple of days later, he announces the real game :P

    26. jeerum
      03-25-2012
      12:24 PM
      26

      i hope wololo is happy now, like i have reported this vuln in year 2010 and same exploit is in demo version too!

    27. EthanHawks
      03-25-2012
      02:35 PM
      27

      Originally Posted by vaalir
      are we REALLY sure that it really is the tennis game?

      i mean, from the tone of the post, he may very well just be messing with sony. if that is a good selling game, he might just say it is that game, just to ruin things a little for sony. and suddenly a couple of days later, he announces the real game :P

      Yes - It is the real game as Wth advised me awhile ago. Don't be paranoid. If you wan't to know the exact name and get the " ninja releases " - register on Wololo's /talk.

      Hope you guys are looking forward to getting HBL running on your Vita's!

    28. miniudavid
      03-25-2012
      04:08 PM
      28

      Nice Letter. There couldnt be a better way to slide in between..

    29. japsander
      03-25-2012
      05:28 PM
      29

      Originally Posted by robertuk
      Far from it.

      He's gone and done it again. He's posted the name of the game so Sony can get their act together before the exploit is released ending up with shortening of the time people will have to aquire the game. One plus is that the game is retail and on a memory card and a lot are out there for pickings and will be harder for Sony to contain, but they are probably already working on a recall as I type.
      yeah your right. maybe he should never release the name of the games.

      how would he get the info out as to which game to rush out and buy?
      as far as i know he has not released any files so by a mass recall, sony would be making a huge leap of faith and wouldnt the recall be down to the publisher considering its not a psn purchased game?

      for all sony knows, he could be trolling them in a big way and i hope he is

    30. duane_rodericks0389
      03-25-2012
      11:05 PM
      30

      wew...sarcasms galore! well written though

    31. japsander
      03-26-2012
      01:59 PM
      31

      no matter when the game name is released, sony have "exactly" the same amount of time to remove the offending game whether or not he releases the exploit at the same time

      whether or not the exploit is out now doesnt matter. you know the name of the game. if you want VHBL then buy the game. like you say, the removal of the game is not instantaneous

      the only difference in naming the game first is that it is "unconfirmed" to sony unlike if he released the exploit. sony would have no other option other than removing it as they would have solid proof.

    32. Msparky83
      03-27-2012
      01:55 PM
      32

      Originally Posted by tjhooker73
      I know msparky83
      Thanks for the mention my friend.