BwE is back. He has released a new version/update of his “BwE NOR Validator” PC App. This version takes it up to v1.24 all new patches and updates for 3.55 and 4.40. The tool is an all in one validator/patcher that will interpret the byte orientation and will then output the results of 2700+ validations via HITML. The update includes added information to suit the newly discovered PS3 data, improved validation, and added a tip for bad MD5’s. The tool is on it’s way to being one of the top tool’s in the homebrew/hacking developer’s scene as one website claims it to be almost “perfection”. BwE says this may as well be his last release as he does not know what else to update…. yet. Check out the full changelog below.
BwE NOR Validator
This all in one validator/patcher will interpret the byte orientation, patch for either 3.55 or 4.40 and will then output the results of 2600+ validations via HTML.
1 – Place your .bin/s in the same folder as the validator.
2 – Run the validator and press Start.
3 – A console will appear asking you to select your dump (if you have more than one in the folder).
4 – Make your selection and or select if you watch to patch it (either in its current byte orientation or the opposite).
5 – Wait patiently.
6 – Press Enter at the end to launch the output.
After selecting your dump and choosing which patch you want it will begin to process the validation. Once it is finished it will give you a brief count of the results, after this you simply press enter to exit.
The program will then open a html output illustrating everything that has been validated. Scroll through or use the menu at the top and read each section.
If a validation says ‘warning’ or ‘danger’ investigate it yourself manually using a hex editor, or contact somebody knowledgeable. Only corruption messages will show you the exact offset to look at, everything else won’t so this is where you have to read/learn about it on the ps3devwiki.
Some validations will tell you that you need to patch it, if this is the case then do so and re-validate the patched dump.
If your dump has any ‘danger’ messages in the per console sections (find them in the menu) then there is a good chance its completely ruined and unfixable. Also, if your dump has a large amount of ‘danger’ messages then there is a serious issue – bad wiring can be discovered if you have any repetition in the dump.
 Areas Of Validation
* First Region Header
* Flash Format
* Flash Region
* Asecure_Loader/Metldr Corrupt Sequences
* Asecure_Loader/Metldr Encrypted Statistics
* ROS0/1 AuthID’s/MD5’s
* Revoke/CoreOS MD5’s
* VTRM 1
* Second Region Header
* Second Region Block 0
* Second Region Block 1
* Lv0ldr/Bootldr Corrupt Sequences
* Lv0ldr/Bootldr Statistics
* Minimum Version
* File Digest Keys
* PerConsole Nonce
* Corrupt Sequences
* Authenticiation IDs
BwE NOR Validator v1.24
Application MD5: A29D1433BF73293E3AF1854CD44E13A4
1.24 – 06/04/2013 : added more information to suit newly discovered ps3 data, improved validation, added a tip for bad md5’s, removed version forcing (possibly last release).
1.23 – 29/04/2013 : improved validation, added 4.41 ofw information
1.22 – 16/04/2013 : added 115 more validations + changed statistic range for bootldr + other small boring changes
1.21 – 11/04/2013 : patch3 error fix.
1.20 – 10/04/2013 : added new console data, removed 3.56 patch (replaced with 4.40), added protection against using old validator, changed corruption check (again!), added quick info for console.
1.19 – 09/04/2013 : changed metldr statistic range, minver check (to suit refurbished ps3s), corruption changes
1.18 – 08/04/2013 : upgraded cisd/cell_ext_nor_area/metldr validations to suit unique metldr.2 revision, changed corruption output (again).
1.17 – 08/04/2013 : changed repetition check, changed corruption output, bugfix
1.16 – 02/04/2013 : added rogero’s 4.40 patch, changed options, added 25+ md5’s, changed stats range and id check
1.15 – 25/03/2013 : added 4.40 ofw information and optimised some code
1.14 – 19/03/2013 : improved validation of the flash-region table
1.13 – 18/03/2013 : better handling for metldr.2, more id detections and md5s, added byte reversal option for experimenting with E3.
1.12 – 16/03/2013 : md5 bug fix, changed id detections and general improvements
1.11 – 08/03/2013 : improved patching structure, added 3 musketeers patch (3.56 patching), code optimisation
1.10 – 04/03/2013 : added 25+ validations + changed results & outputs + bugfix
1.09 – 02/03/2013 : improved corruption checks for metldr/bootldr + more validations + old coreos bug fix (again) + changed some results
1.08 – 29/02/2013 : added timeout for version check + added 16bit corrupt sequence check + fixed long outputs + fixed metldr ident bug + changed some warning/danger results + changed 00/ff results
1.06 – 27/02/2013 : fixed bug when handling old coreos versions + fixed .self md5 list
1.05 – 25/02/2013 : added approx 220 more validations + changed statistic ranges + latest version check + fixes to metldr/bootldr
1.02 – 22/02/2013 : more md5’s & authid checks + changed some results.
1.01 – 16/02/2013 : authid check bugfix
1.00 – 15/02/2013 : first public release
Using this program is NOT a 100% way of validating your dumps (because nothing is), but it is a good way of quickly seeing if it is worth checking further. This program will NOT work with NAND and will not check anything other than what is stated. ALWAYS CHECK MANUALLY!
Use at own risk! Valid dumps may be invalid – Invalid dumps may be valid.
There are almost infinite variations of each dump! Have fun and good luck!
If you do not validate your flash, and for some reason(s) the dump is invalid/bad, and you are rewriting to flash, you have no way of restoring the console hence making a perma-brick (unrecoverable brick).
Any updates will be posted here first.
Report any bugs or issues to irc.efnet.org #ps3downgrade
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