Nintendo Switch Hack: Nvidia Plays Down Nintendo Switch Vulnerability

Posted: Apr 26 2018, 7:26am CDT | by , in News | Technology News

Nintendo Switch Hack: Nvidia Plays Down Nintendo Switch Vulnerability

The Nintendo Switch has been hacked open to run homebrew code.

Nvidia believes the Nintendo Switch vulnerability that allows owners to run homebrew code or Linux is not a big deal. In the security bulletin CVE-2018-6242 Nvidia describes the Tegra RCM Vulnerability disclosed earlier this week by several hackers.

"This notice is a response to recent publications on a security issue regarding NVIDIA Tegra Recovery Mode (RCM). A researcher indicates that a person with physical access to older Tegra-based processors could connect to the device's USB port, bypass the secure boot and execute unverified code. This issue cannot be exploited remotely, even if the device is connected to the Internet. Rather, a person must have physical access to an affected processor’s USB connection to bypass the secure boot and run the unverified code. At this time, NVIDIA is not aware of any malicious compromise of Tegra-based devices. NVIDIA Tegra X2, which was launched in 2016, and later Tegra systems on a chip (SOCs) such as Xavier, are not affected by this issue. NVIDIA GPUs are not affected," reads the security notice.

Nvidia argues that because the Nintendo Switch cannot be accessed remotely over the internet, the security issue is not a big deal. Nintendo will have a very different take on this. The ability to run any code on the Nintendo Switch is eventually leading to game piracy. Right now the tools and steps to hack the Switch are too complicated for the average user, but that will change.

Nintendo is very likely ship new Nintendo Switch consoles with newer Tegra chips that will not have the RCM bugs in the bootrom. Kate Temkin, the hacker behind the Fusée Gelée, said in an interview with Ars that references to a more secure "T214" version of the Tegra X1 chip are already in the internal code of the Switch.

You need a Nintendo Switch with Tegra X1 T210 to be able to use the custom firmware and bootloader that are currently in the works. Temkin works on the Atmosphère firmware as part of team ReSwitched. The customized firmware could be installable with the Fusée Gelée exploit.

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