Those with hacked consoles keep away:

  • Even tho, PlayStation 3 console is basically 'end-of-line', Sony is still rolling out 'support' for it, and in this case, their new v4.83 firmware is well an 'stability patch' as usual which to us Scene Ponies it really means, watch out Sony is pulling us free horses back into the stables to be retrained to be good consumers and not greedy pirates or free-range homebrew'ers, in other words: DO NOT UPDATE!
    After a look at the update files & preliminary tests, I am afraid I am bearing some bad news for HAN users playing online.
    1. It would appear that s@ny patched one of the 2 webkit exploits we currently use to trigger ROP chains.
      It means that we need to replace this exploit in order to get any ps3xploit tool working on 4.83. Work is already under way, obviously no ETA at this stage. Please don't ask.
    2. The kernel is completely untouched. No changes to either lv1 or lv2 which means CFWs will be easier to make. That's also good news for devs with any promising kernel vulnerability under investigation.
    3. Changes were made to vsh as usual & they seem extensive enough to suspect that they may have patched the HAN vulnerability as well. We have not yet had time to look into the matter at all but if they did, HAN might be gone for good past 4.82, leaving only CFW2OFW conversions installable & runnable on 4.83 whenever the patched webkit exploit gets replaced.

    In conclusion, the changes brought by the 4.83 update mean that anyone updating will lose usage of HAN, and possibly permanently until a kernel exploit comes out. Cfw2ofw conversions will be the only installed games that will still be working after updating.

    The nature of this update is upsetting our 4.0 release plans somewhat
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    The above notes are from the famous PS3XPLOIT team that was able to last 'xmas make softmod'ing our newer PS3's finally possible, but it looks like evil big crab is slowly catching up and now basically blocked all known loopholes, but never fear, they are hard at work digging around looking for new HAN entry points, in the meantime it can't be stressed enough: DO NOT UPDATE!

    NEWS SOURCE: PS3 4.83 OFW Now Live (via) PSX-Place