Nintendo Fixes Major Security Hole in Nintendo Switch Gaming Console

July 17, 2018

nintendo switch bug fixedIf you plan to use Linus, or some homebrew software, on your Nintendo Switch gaming console, this news is for you. Nintendo has recently reported that it has fixed the major security hole that currently allows users to hack the console and install a Linux-based operating system on it in order to run various codes and applications. Nintendo must have worked really hard in the past few months to develop a patch for the exploit and to fix the bug which many hackers have long considered "unpatchable."

The revised units with the new firmware that is, supposedly, immune to the famous "Fusée Gelée," are already on the way to the retail stores, so users who wish to use the "hackable" version should try to purchase the console from existing stocks while they last. Though there are still chances to get a unit with old firmware installed on it, the problem is you cannot know in advance what you will get. On the other hand, users who already own the Nintendo Switch gaming console will most likely still be able to hack it with the various tools available on the market, unless they install the patched update.

A team of hackers called ReSwitched has reported about the vulnerability in the Nintendo console in April this year, naming the bug "Fusée Gelée." They have claimed that the security vulnerability allows anyone to hack the Nintendo gaming console with a simple trick - according to the report from a few months ago, the vulnerability allows anyone to run an arbitrary code on the Nintendo gaming console by using a piece of wire to reach a particular pin on the right Joy-Cone connector. Many other methods and exploits based on the same bug have appeared on the Internet over the following months. So far, the security flaw has been considered an "unpatchable" method for running arbitrary code on the Nintendo console, yet now it looks like a solution has been found.

Fusée Gelée affects the Nvidia Tegra X1 chip which is embedded into all current Nintendo Switch consoles, so apparently, the bug has a much broader impact than initially suggested as it concerns many other device lines that are also powered by the Tegra processors. For users who will be purchasing a new Nintendo gaming console, it is very likely that it is still delivered with the old and vulnerable firmware version 4.0.1. If that is the case, hackers on Twitter recommend not to update the firmware as the new version 5.0.0 probably contains the patch.

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