As the hacker group “Fail0verflow” confirms via Twitter, their members managed to get the open-source operating system Linux running on Nintendo’s switch. According to the hackers, the corresponding vulnerability of Nintendo can not be closed – at least not without a revision of the hardware.
Due to the commercial success that Nintendos Switch has had in recent months, it was clear that hackers would quickly develop an interest in the platform.
How the hacker group “Fail0verflow”, which already cracked the security concept of the PlayStation 3 in 2010, confirmed via Twitter, succeeded their members to bring on switch the open-source operating system Linux to run. Furthermore, there is talk of the fact that the group took advantage of a bug in the boot ROM.
Nintendo Switch: Hackers get Linux up and running on the system
The boot ROM is a special memory chip which contains the ROM required for the start and initialization process and is read out when a system is reset or started. If the data of “Fail0verflow” correspond to the facts, which according to the experts there is no doubt, then we would have to deal here with a security gap, which can not be closed with a patch or firmware update.
Instead, the only solution for Nintendo would be to work with Nvidia on a new Tegra X1 chip that could no longer contain the said vulnerability and be used in upcoming hardware revisions. Nintendo and Nvidia have not been able to comment.
Of course we will keep you informed about the further development.
— fail0verflow (@fail0verflow) February 6, 2018