A Tegra X1 vulnerability means the Switch has a future-proof hack

According to Jason Evangelho writing for Forbes, homebrew developers who aim to work on the Switch may find that their work is now substantially easier since a step-by-step guide on how to hack the console has seemingly been published online. The ‘guide’ even goes so far as to include a link to a 3D-printed accessory to facilitate the hack.

Despite the fact that Nintendo would obviously be against this, and that piracy is something we advocate against, this is just the latest in a series of apparent weaknesses that the system has faced in the last while. First, you may have heard the news recently that someone managed to modify the Switch and get it to function as a fully-featured Linux tablet. Before that, as Evangelho explains, a boot exploit was found which allowed hackers to run unsigned code.

Evangelho, quoting hacker Katherine Temkin of ReSwitched, explains that the latest exploit is due to a vulnerability in the Nvidia’s entire line of Tegra X1 processors. Worryingly, because the bug is in the Boot ROM, any Switch console is vulnerable and according to the article:

Nintendo can only patch Boot ROM bugs during the manufacturing process.

So it may be that Nintendo will not be able to simply release a software patch or update to sort out the problem. So what will Nintendo do to fix this issue in the future? Will they even be able to?

Well, unfortunately, those questions are still up in the air… and so for now all we can do sit patiently and wait.

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