Nintendo Switch Hacking Just Begun And Is Dangerous For The Non-geeks

Posted: Apr 25 2018, 3:33am CDT | by , in News | Technology News

Nintendo Switch Hacking Just Begun and is Dangerous for the Non-geeks
Credit: Kate Temkin

The Nintendo hack is too dangerous for average users for now.

The Nintendo Switch has been hacked and opened up for homebrew development. Before you get too excited, the current ways of exploiting the vulnerabilities found in the Bootrom for the Tegra chip are not for the average Nintendo Switch owners. You have to be a rather technical person that ideally has besides software developments skills also an understanding of hardware.

To just fool around with the provided code and documentation without background knowledge can destroy your Switch. The Fail0verflow group, who released the hack under the ShofEL2 moniker says it best: "Sorry, we don’t have a guide for the Average User to use this, nor should they, most likely, since a lot of things are very rough around the edges. If you’re serious about developing, you should be able to figure things out yourself or ask questions on IRC."

If you absolutely want to get in early on using Nintendo Switch homebrew apps, follow the rather badass hacker Kate Temkin. She dubbed her Nintendo Switch coldboot hack software Fusée Gelée. She appears to be very responsible and detail oriented person. She and her partners will release the Fusée Gelée software only with detailed documentation. "I still need to write a bunch of supporting materials for it (usage guides). I like good documentation, and don't plan on releasing Fusée Gelée without an abundance of documentation," said Temkin in the FAQ about Fusée Gelée.

Eventually, there will also be mod chips and there are supposedly more than one bootrom vulnerability discoveries. Its now on the homebrew developers community to develop tools that make it also feasible for the average users to run emulators, Linux or other stuff on the Nintendo Switch. Important to know is that you need a Nintendo Switch console from the current batch.

Nintendo will fix the bug in new Nintendo Switch shipments to arrive soon in stores. The good news is that Nintendo will likely have no easy way to ban hacked consoles from online access as there is no way of telling the difference between hacked and genuine. The about 15 million Nintendo Switch in the wild right now will very likely remain open.

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