Posted By: Cloudhunter
An exploit has been uncovered in Lumines - allowing unsigned code to be ran!
The All-Seeing Eye is watching you...
Following research in conjunction with Archaemic, Noobz are proud to present the first ever all-firmware exploit for the PSP. Based on Lumines, the "Illuminati" exploit is a user-mode exploit using a buffer overflow in the savedata file - similar to the GTA exploit.
That's right - if you've got a legal UMD copy of Lumines, then you can run homebrew on your PSP - whatever the firmware version. That includes v3.50! Right now, the only homebrew is the Hello World demo released below - but in future we intend to release a HEN and downgrader.
To make the exploit work:
* Check that you have an EU or US version of Lumines (ULES00043 or ULUS10002). Currently we don't have a version for the Japanese version, but we're working on it, as soon as we get hold of a Japanese UMD.
* Extract the contents of the 'MS_ROOT' folder from the ZIP file into the top-level of your memory stick. (HINT: If you wind up with an 'MS_ROOT' folder on the stick, you've done it wrong).
* Start the game, and as soon as it gets to the 'Press START' screen, press START. If you wait until the demo has started, the exploit may not work.
* The screen should go blank, and the exploit will start after a few moments. It doesn't do anything except look pretty at this stage - but feel free to enjoy the first homebrew on your v3.10 - v3.50 PSP Wink
Here's a picture of the exploit in action:
If you don't own a copy of Lumines, why not go and buy one? It's cheap these days, and it's a great game - get it before it gets patched!
You heard the man! All you people who can't downgrade, go and buy Lumines - NOW!!!
If you want noobz to get a share of the profits from the purchase of Lumines, Get it in the UK here - Amazon UK - Lumines; or in the US here Amazon - Lumines
It seems that the Illuminati exploit doesn't work properly if your PSP is set to non-English settings. At a guess, it's something to do with unicode when displaying the profile name.
Anyway, if you are having problems, especially with the European Lumines, then try switching your PSP to 'English' settings.
One other note - Lumines sales on Amazon.com have gone up over 14,000% since yesterday!
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