I was under the impression every PS3 had its own unique set of "keys." Is that wrong, and these keys are the same ones in every PS3?
yes the keys are different
there are public keys(same all over) and private keys(unique to each console
but the hackers have public keys and know how to get private keys.
sony can still fix it if they change all the private keys by firmware update
Thanks. I knew I remembered reading the PS3 had something unique, securtiy-wise, for each individual system. So does that mean that every single person who wanted a modded PS3 would have to go through the same initial procedure that the hackers did to find out their systems keys? And does that mean there might not even be a guarantee that a homebrew app would even work across all PS3's if it was built using an individual console? Or would that only require the public keys?
And don't worry, I don't expect you to know all of those answers.
I don't know... but I started searching about this whole thing and people are already making their own firmwares because they have some sort of PUP packer (someone modified firmware 3.41 and made it 3.56... and anyone who downloads it can install it into the PS3) and GeoHot released a file that if you run it, it creates a txt file that contains a link to his website.
But they still need to get into service mode... not that it's hard to get into that mode anyways, you just do it by holding the power button, lol.
I think this whole thing is advancing way too fast O_o
I guess homebrew applications are almost a reality by now.