PS4 Update 6.02 Released, Fixes Message Exploit

The PS4 update 6.02 has been released, with the new PS4 system update focused on improving performance. Though the brief note regarding the update doesn’t reveal much information, it’s believed that it fixes the major message exploit recently discovered by players. This exploit saw a malicious message sending PS4 hardware into a crash loop, with many users concerned that it had bricked their consoles.

The note released alongside the PS4 6.02 update reads: “This system software update improves system performance.” Sony has yet to confirm exactly how the update improves performance, which has led to conclusions that it targets the message vulnerability.

The message exploit saw PS4 users being sent a particular string of symbols from unknown accounts, with this message then sending their consoles into a crash loop. According to reports, the message could be left unopened and still affect the PS4 it was sent to. All PS4 owners were encouraged to change their privacy settings, ensuring that they could only receive messages from their friends until Sony implemented a fix.

Sony later stated that it had fixed the message exploit. “We’ve since fixed the issue, and it wasn’t bricking consoles, just sending them into a crash loop that can be quickly fixed in under 5 minutes,” the company’s Ask PlayStation account tweeted. “Delete the message on the PS mobile app, go into Safe Mode, use Option 5, console back to normal.”

The PS4 6.02 update is available to download today. PS4 owners can access it by connecting their consoles to the internet and performing the system update. As it is only a minor fix, the download size is small and shouldn’t take long to roll out the performance improvements it brings. Hopefully, this will be the last time that owners of the console are confronted by the message exploit, and Sony has employed a proper fix for the alarming vulnerability.