The hackers uncovered the hack in order to run Linux or PS3 consoles, irrespective on the version of firmware the games console was running. They found it was possible to calculate the public private keys, giving users the ability to sign their own software and load it into the PS3. By knowing the private key used by Sony the hackers are able to sign code so that a console can boot directly into Linux. Previous approaches to running the open source OS on a games console were firmware specific and involved messing around with USB sticks.
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