Hacker group fail0verflow shared a photo of a Nintendo Switch jogging Debian, a distribution of Linux (via Nintendo Lifetime). The group promises that Nintendo just can’t repair the vulnerability with long term firmware patches.
According to fail0verflow, there is a flaw in the boot ROM in Nvidia’s Tegra X1 method-on-a-chip. when your console begins, it reads and executes a piece of code stored in a read-only memory (that’s why the name ROM). This code is made up of directions about the booting procedure.
It indicates that the boot ROM is stored on the chip when Nvidia manufactures it and it just can’t be altered in any way soon after that. Even if Nintendo problems a software program update, this software program update won’t impact the boot ROM. And as the console loads the boot ROM instantly soon after urgent the electrical power button, there is no way to bypass it.
The only way to repair it would be to manufacture new Nvidia Tegra X1 chips. So it’s achievable that Nintendo asks Nvidia to repair the situation so that new consoles really don’t have this vulnerability.
fail0verflow also states that you really don’t have to have to put in a modification chip to bypass the boot ROM. On the photo, it seems to be like they plugged a little something on the appropriate facet of the gadget, wherever the appropriate Joy-Con is intended to be.
If fail0verflow decides to share the exploit, it could open up up quite a few prospects when it will come to homebrew software program and, of course, pirated video games. It could have some money implications for Nintendo.