So what does this mean for PS Vita owners? The files released contain not only a user mode exploit but also a kernel exploit and an encrypted PS Vita custom firmware. PSP developer Coldbird felt that the release of a CFW for the Vita would harm the already struggling handheld, therefore adding security measures should a leak occur. Well... the leak has been made and now PS Vita owners have what they wanted. (Although useless in it's current encrypted state) And from yet another dramatic event we loose a respected developer who bids farewell to the scene.
About Coldbird's Urbanix User Mode Exploit & CFW:
What shall I say... 3 months later, it was done. A fully working CFW for Vita... but the time wasn't right for a release... so many things were still out of place...
PSX emulation worked, but we didn't have sound, Sony's new console was still having problems getting it's safe spot on the market and - while a whole lot of people think we are pirates, we are the total opposites.
Yes, the CFW could play ISO files, but no - we never supported piracy... and we knew that PSN sales of PSP games would dwindle if this became public.
With Vita still having a more than suboptimal amount of good games to go with it, the PSP PSN sales were what kept the console going... and we didn't wish to harm this very fragile ecosystem.
We knew the time for it to shine wasn't there yet... and we made sure this would stay this way for a while...
We placed a whole bunch of security locks onto the files, so that even if a leak occured from our beta testers, like the one you guys saw a few days ago, no one would be able to use it and Sony's new system would remain secure and tight, unharmed by piracy - which sadly - whether we like it or not... is a negative side effect of the work we do to enable homebrew.
So yes... the leak is real, yes it contains both a user exploit and a kernel exploit... and in fact, a tightly locked - publically unusable - CFW too.