The PlayStation Classic hasn’t even been out for 10 days and has already been easily cracked by hackers, according to a report from Ars Technica.
Ars Technica say that ‘sloppy cryptography work’ on Sony’s part is the main reason why the device is so easy to crack. Console hackers yifanlu and madmonkey1907 were two of the first hackers to dump the PlayStation Classic’s code via the system’s UART serial port in just mere days after the console’s release.
On Twitter, yifanlu tweeted their discovery that the PlayStation Classic’s most sensitive bits are encrypted using a key that’s embedded on the device itself instead of using a private key held exclusively by Sony. In short, this basically means that Sony handed both the metaphorical lock and the metaphorical key to PlayStation Classic users.
Stream in an hour. It’ll just be me laughing for the whole night. pic.twitter.com/nUrYmvCG4E
— Yifan (@yifanlu) December 6, 2018
In the wake of such discoveries, PlayStation Classic owners have already been formatting their consoles to run new sets of old PlayStation games. Of course, attempting to hack your own console may result in the console being permanently bricked so if you’re thinking about attempting to run some ISOs of your own, make sure you’re willing to take that risk.
This discovery comes just a week after PS Classic owners discovered certain keyboards could allow you to access a full options menu for the system, allowing users to datamine the system to see the games that should have been on the console.