New PSVita/PSP usermode exploit by The Z

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By wololo

PSP/Vita scene famous member The Z has always been a great resource of news, but, believe it or not, this is actually the first time he reports about an exploit of his own. Congrats

The Z showcases what is today a typical “psp hello world”, which dates back to the Sparta exploit from Matiaz and Freeplay, that later on got popular when we started heavily reusing it as the first development step for porting hbl, then vhbl.

The Z of course does not disclose the name of the game, but his video is showing the exploit running on a PS Vita 2.06. There’s no saying at this point if this exploit can be turned into a VHBL port (VHBL requires the exploited game to import a certain set of functions in order to run), but I’m sure we’ll know more in a few days, as The Z starts digging into his findings.

VHBL: The Z’s exploit only available in EU stores, release postponed?

By wololo

We’ve mentioned recently that The Z is in possession of a PSP user mode exploit in an undisclosed game, and that he has a VHBL port ready for the game. A few days ago, The Z shared some good and some bad news…

VHBL is a PSP homebrew loader for the Playstation Vita, a tool that allows you to run PSP homebrew inside the PS Vita’s playstation emulator. VHBL has the particularity to only require a psp user mode exploit to run, and was designed to be as easy as possible to port, but its low entry bar also comes with limitations (it will only run psp homebrew, not plugins or iso's).

The Z had announced a few weeks ago that he has a running port of VHBL, and he confirmed recently that his port is complete, and could be released any time soon.

Sadly, the PSP game he uses as a vector for his exploit is only available in EU stores (and Australia), in particular it is not available in the US or in JP. This means that only people with an account in a European location would be able to use this exploit. It’s relatively easy to set up an account in another location and to buy PSN credits, but Sony has made it a pain to switch between accounts on the Vita.

The Z announced he would probably release his port for a future Vita firmware (not 2.1x), depending on the importance of releasing a VHBL port at the time (which I understand as: if something better comes up, such as a new release of CEF, he will probably not bother)

Source The Z
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