Nintendo rolls out fix for "un-patchable" Switch jailbreak

16 Julio, 2018, 13:27 | Author: Misty Newman
  • Nintendo patches 'un-patchable' Tegra X1 exploit to curb Switch piracy

The bug effectively enables users to run pirated games.

Patching these hardware security flaws - particularly the "f-g" exploit - has been a long time coming for Nintendo following their exposure late past year.

The updated Switch comes as a fix for a critical flaw with Nvidia's Tegra chip; one that allows hackers to execute their own code on the console. Before and since then, the homebrew (and, on a related note, piracy) scene exploded on the Switch console, thanks to the flaw.

As the ResetEra user points out, there are still almost 20 million Nintendo Switch units out there that - so long as they haven't been updated to the 5.x version of the interface - can still be hacked using this flaw.

In fact, homebrewing and hacking on Nintendo Switch has advanced so quickly since the flaws were widely reported that the console has been seen emulating Nintendo GameCube games.

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The company has been trying to clamp down on this sort of behaviour by banning any accounts that have been found to run pirated content.

SciresM said they suspect Nintendo has used the iPatch system on the Tegra X1 chip to burn updated protective code into the boot ROM.

The newly protected Switch hardware is reportedly loaded with firmware version 4.1.0, which has been outdated since the release of version 5.0.0 in March.

Now, it would seem that Nintendo has a more permanent solution.

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