You just got yourself a new PS4, and are looking for a PS4 Jailbreak / PS4 Custom Firmware solution? Then bookmark this page, as it will be kept up to date with the latest, greatest, and simplest solutions available for Playstation 4 CFW.
PS4 Jailbreak – the current status
Although not an actual PS4 Jailbreak, people have found ways to pirate games on the PS4 with Raspberry pi (a technique known as the Brazilian Jailbreak) in 2014. See below for details. It is unclear if this technique still works on latest firmwares.
In December 2015, hacker CTurt confirmed he has a PS4 jailbreak. Although this was the most promising lead so far, he later on announced he would stop his research on the PS4. Confirmation has been given however that other groups are in possession of PS4 Jailbreak (PS4 Kernel hacks) and might release their hacks in the near future.
In December 2015, famous hacking group Fail0verflow demonstrated a PS4 running Linux, and a Pokemon rom through an emulator on the PS4. They announced they would release their PS4 Linux patches, but would not release a PS4 Jailbreak. It will be up to other groups to do a PS4 Jailbreak release in 2016 for people to enjoy a Jailbreak on their PS4 and potentially run Linux on it.
The Cturt PS4 Kernel exploit and the Fail0verflow Linux on PS4 announcement are the most promising leads for a PS4 Jailbreak at this point. Other hackers have contacted us to let us know that leads of a PS4 Jailbreak for the latest PS4 Firmware 3.11 are being worked on, but nothing has been officially announced yet.
PS4 Jailbreak – Linux on the PS4
In December 2015, Fail0verflow showed at the CCC hacking convention that they have Linux running on the PS4. They stated that they would release Linux patches for people to install linux on their PS4, but with a major caveat: Fail0verflow will only provide the Linux port, not the required PS4 Jailbreak. It is unknown if other hacking groups will be willing to release a PS4 Jailbreak to the masses, in order to enable Linux on the PS4 for all the community.
Careful examination of the Fail0verflow presentation showed that the Fail0verflow crew were running their exploits through the Webkit 1.76 exploit, meaning their console was running on Firmware 1.76.
Fail0verflow have stated that many kernel exploits exist on the PS4, and they are “easy to find”.
Linux on the PS4 – News
- SteamOS on the PS4 a possibility in the near future? (2015/12)
- Fail0verflow: “For the PS4, we’re trying something new” (2015/12)
- Linux on PS4: Fail0verflow Showcase Linux on the PS4, run a Pokémon demo(2015/12)
- Linux on PS4: More confirmation bubbling up from the scene (2015/12)
- Fail0verflow to announce a Jailbreak on PS4? (2015/12)
PS4 Jailbreak – CTurt Kernel exploit
In December 2015, hacker CTurt confirmed he has a PS4 jailbreak. The work on this has been put on a hiatus. The exploit was running on a 1.76 PS4 Firmware.
CTurt PS4 Jailbreak – News
- CTurt publishes PS4 Kernel exploit technical details, decides to end hacking research on PS4 (2015/12)
- Cturt Confirms PS4 Kernel Exploit (2015/12)
PS4 Jailbreak – the Brazilian PS4 Jailbreak
Although not an actual “PS4 Jailbreak” that would allow to run unsigned code, it’s been confirmed that people have found ways to pirate games on the PS4, without the use for any advanced hack. With the use of a simple raspberry pi, electronics stores in Brazil have been able to dump the licenses of games from a PS4 to another, enabling them to pirate games. This technique is also known as PS4 NOR Cloning.
- New piracy technique on PS4 in Brazil confirmed to be real, Sony might take legal action
- Jailbreak on PS4: origins and game list
PS4 Jailbreak explained (the Brazilian Method)
The following video showcases how the PS4 NOR is dumped to a memory card. Reading/Writing Data from a PS4 that has the right games “activated” on it seems to be the technique that has been used by hackers in Brazil to Jailbreak the PS4. The video below uses a Raspberry PI and free software JAISPI to perform the dump. Note that it is recommended that you do not try to reproduce this unless you know exactly what you’re doing.
Although the video does not show the writing part, it is believed a similar technique has been used by the Brazilian stores selling pirated games.
PS4 Jailbreak News – Real exploits.
Real progress is made on the PS4 hacking front to ultimately lead to a PS4 Jailbreak, and we write about every real piece of progress there is. Follow these articles for details on the real hackers and where the PS4 really is in terms of security. Again, if some of these efforts ever lead to a custom firmware, a jailbreak, or any sort of “hack” of the PS4, this page will be directly mentioning it and giving you all the publicly available tools to leverage the hacks.
- 2015/12/30: Linux on PS4: Fail0verflow Showcase Linux on the PS4, run a Pokémon demo
- 2015/12/06: PS4 Hack: CTurt confirms PS4 Kernel exploit
- 2015/05/13: New piracy technique on PS4 in Brazil confirmed to be real, Sony might take legal action
- 2015/04/26: Jailbreak on PS4: origins and game list
- 2015/04/24: PS4 service for Jailbreak rumors incoming from Brazil
- 2014/10/24: Webkit exploit confirmed to run on PS4 firmware 1.76
Also check these other (real) PS4 hacks
A jailbreak is not the only way you can enhance your PS4 functionality! Check the following:
- PS4 Remote play – Developers found ways to port the PS4 Remote Play functionality to android and PC.
PS4 Jailbreak News & rumors – Fake exploits.
Besides the ones mentioned on this page, other rumors of PS4 Jailbreak are in general false, and you can find a list of debunked articles below. Additionally, we discuss actual hacking progress at the bottom of this page as well.
When a CFW is made available for the Playstation 4, popular hacking scene websites (including us here at wololo.net) will talk about it a lot, and downloads/tutorials/explanations will be made available on our frontpage. Until then, every piece of “information” you find about a PS4 hack is a lie or a misinterpretation.
If you just found an unknown website that claims to provide a CFW or jailbreak for the PS4, be extremely careful. Such sites are usually trying to get you to answer some sort of survey in order to get the “hack”. This is how they make money in general (but this is not their only technique!), as they get paid for every person who completes a survey. These surveys will most of the time not lead you to anything, or in some cases they will let you download a file that has nothing to do with a PS4 jailbreak. Their explanations for the hack will usually be extremely fishy, for example asking you to copy some files on the hard drive without explaining how to actually do it, or things similar to that. They have fake comments on their site to make you believe their stuff is legit, and also use black hat techniques to build fake followers on twitter and facebook.
More generally, ask yourself about the odds that you are the first one in the world to find about a PS4 hack that nobody else knows about. Console hacking is our passion on this site, and we have dozens of community members scouting the internet for any verifiable piece of information. If something like that was legit, we would find out within hours. Again, when a PS4 jailbreak/Custom Firmware is made available, wololo.net and other reputable scene websites will be the first ones to let you know.
Please share this page with your friends whenever they think they have found a PS4 Jailbreak. This page will be updated with the latest progress on PS4 hacking.
- 2015/03/09: New Jailbreak dongle for PS4. Debunked here.
- 2013/12/01: I have debunked a fake “PS4 exploit” here: Fake PS4 exploit sets the scene on fire. It contains useful information on how you can debunk fakes yourself