Hackers have found a way to jailbreak the Nintendo Switch

The new hack bypasses the software through a tethered USB on every boot.

  • Published: April 25, 2018 4:25 PM IST
Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch which was recently hacked in February to run Linux seems to face new adversities as hackers have found a new way to jailbreak the device to run their own custom apps and games. According to an Eurogamer report hackers have found two exploits that have been discovered on the internet which suggests that Nvidia’s Tegra X1 processor has a hardware flaw. This hardware flaw is now being used by hackers to gain access to Switch operating system.

The jailbreak seems like it needs to be done on every boot using the USB and is similar to the “tethered” iPhone jailbreak. While this hack does not require a modchip, it is believed that third-party software developers may develop mods now to help with the jailbreak process.

The exploit, once used, is undetectable to the OS on the Switch and completely enables users to run their own custom apps. The exploit was communicated to Nintendo, Nvidia and Google almost 90 days ago by console hacker fail0verflow.

Watch a video of Linux running on the Nintendo Switch

Since this exploit cannot be fixed through software updates, Nintendo has to wait to update the hardware on its next batch of Switch for it to be fixed. And this leaves 14 million Switch devices vulnerable to hacks. And according to the company’s latest update log, it may already be planning a new Switch model.

This exploit leaves console hackers with the possibility of running their own software as well as pirated games on the console. And though this is still in its early days where homebrew software and tools are scarce, things will pick up now that there is an option. And it is only going to get worse for Nintendo until it does something to fix the issue on a software level.

  • Published Date: April 25, 2018 4:25 PM IST