When HENkaku was first released, we posed to the community the KOTH challenge to get more hackers interested in the Vita. This week, two individuals have separately completed the challenge and are the new kings of Vita hacking! Mike H. and st4rk both proved that they have the final encryption key, showing that they solved the kernel ROP chain. I highly recommend reading their respective posts as they give some great insight into how hacking works. I also know of a third group who might have also completed the challenge but wishes to keep quiet for now. Congratuations to them too!
I was working on unit tests for a project and I wanted a fast and easy way to create random permutations of a range of numbers. That reminded me of some things I’ve learned in elementary number theory that I thought I might share with you. There is nothing new or non-trivial in this post, but I am always excited about sharing a concrete application for abstract mathematics.
To the Trump voter,
When HENkaku came out exactly a month ago from today, we posed a challenge to the scene to reverse our hack. The reason for this decision rather than to just post our writeups immediately and take all the limelight is because we believe that the Vita is a device that is so unique in its security features that we won’t be doing it proper justice by just revealing the flaws. We want people to know about how good the security is rather than just point out the mistakes made. In doing so, we hoped that hackers new and old will take the challenge and have fun with it. Today, one such challenger by the name of st4rk completed the second third of the challenge. He has written a detailed post on how he reversed the payload and I recommend you read it right now.
It’s been almost a month since the release of HENkaku. We now have over 100,000 unique installs! (That number excludes re-installs required after rebooting.) To celebrate, we are pushing the third major update and it includes features that many users have been asking for. For the impatient, you can get it right now by rebooting your Vita and installing HENkaku from https://henkaku.xyz/.