As the article’s title makes clear, psp2hfw is a toolset by SKGleba for the creation of Hybrid Firmwares.
psp2hfw is a pretty interesting tool set if you enjoy playing dangerously with your console!
For those wondering what a Hybrid Firmware is, in the Vita context it refers to running a firmware with a different boot loader version such as using the FW 3.65 boot loader with FW 3.68 or FW 3.73. When it comes to an explanation of how things work, SKGleba has stated on Reddit that Hybrid Firmwares in the aforementioned manner are possible due to the fact that bypassing RVK checks allows anything in the ‘os0’ and ‘vs0’ partitions to be run.
SKGleba mentions that using psp2hfw is risky as it messes around with os0 but using enso_ex greatly reduces the risk of bricking your console since it allows you to recover from ‘os0’ mess-ups even after a full wipe of sectors from 0x80000 onwards.
What can I do with psp2hfw?
With psp2hfw, you can run Henkaku Ensō (coldboot hack) on firmwares that never supported it! (Image from demo video)
As mentioned above, using psp2hfw can be risky so it’s not for the fainthearted or people who don’t know what they’re doing. With this in mind, let’s go over some of the most realistic uses including:
Running Ensō on Firmware 3.67 and newer
Henkaku Ensō only supports FW 3.60/5 as it’s based on a bootloader flaw
This allows you to have hacks without having to run the exploit manually each time you boot the device up!
The ability to dual boot firmwares provided you have SD2Vita
This makes testing across different platforms much easier and could be convenient to some
Using it in conjunction with hypothetical future firmwares like FW 3.74 or FW 3.75 if these firmwares patch exploits that are already in use thus making them hackable.
I'm a girl that's liked technology from day 1. Mostly interested in the PSVita/PSP scene but I've always modded my stuff when it's possible, that is :)Contact me via DM at @KawaiiAuroraA on Twitter if you have any questions/concerns about my articles or if you have any article requests.