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Old 04-26-2018, 12:06 AM   #1
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Nintendo’s Switch can be hacked to run custom apps and games

The worse thing is that the Tegra X1 exploit cannot be patched. Switch maybe starting to suffer an early decline?

Nintendo’s Switch can be hacked to run custom apps and games

A nightmare scenario for Nintendo

Nintendo’s Switch was hacked to run Linux in February, and now it’s clear that hackers could go further and run homebrew apps and games on the device. Eurogamer reports that two exploits have been detailed this week that allow hackers to exploit a hardware flaw in Nvidia’s Tegra X1 (that powers the Switch) and gain access to the Switch’s operating system. Nintendo cannot patch the hardware flaw without releasing a new version of the Switch, which means that at least 14 million devices are vulnerable.

It’s a jailbreak that’s similar to a “tethered” iPhone jailbreak, meaning it needs to be performed on every boot via USB. The hack doesn’t require a modchip, although it’s likely that third parties will now create Switch hardware mods to assist with the jailbreak.

Once the exploit is used, it’s undetectable to existing software and allows Switch users to run custom homebrew apps, or a full touch-enabled version of Linux with 3D acceleration support. Console hacker fail0verflow revealed the exploit, after notifying Nintendo, Google, and Nvidia 90 days ago. The Switch exploit also affects the Nvidia Shield and Google’s Pixel C tablet that it quietly stopped selling in December.

Nintendo will likely be the primary target for software hackers who want to customize their Switch, and those who will likely seek to run pirated software and games on the device. Nintendo will be forced to update its Switch hardware to fully protect against the exploits, as they’re undetectable to existing software and all current models are vulnerable. Nintendo’s latest firmware updated hinted at a new model, so it’s clear the company is already considering releasing a new Switch model.

It’s early days for the exploits right now, as there’s no custom firmware available or homebrew tools to make the inevitable widespread piracy and homebrew app support a reality. It’s now a game of cat and mouse as Nintendo will likely try to implement software fixes that hackers will bypass thanks to their low-level access to the system via the hardware exploit. The Verge reached out to Nintendo for comment on the Switch exploits, and a company spokesperson says “we have nothing to announce on this topic.”
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Old 04-26-2018, 05:58 AM   #2
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Wow! Well... sales will keep up, but third parties will roll off faster than a ferrari.

Oh wait... this is the Switch with internet browser i wanted now! I should get one to replace this Wii U. ^^

Oh man... the emulation potencial aswell... but, i guess this is a bad thing for Nintendo.
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Old 04-26-2018, 06:49 AM   #3
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Yes emulation kills off the Virtual console stuffs right away.
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Old 04-26-2018, 07:59 AM   #4
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It seems that even the hackers that broke the console's security admits that it's quite complex and risky to perform so I don't think that a lot of the community that already owns or planning to own a switch are willing to use this exploit unless they manage to find a safer and easier method.

This is what nintendo gets for keep investing in last year's technology.
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