Hacker group make Linux run on Nintendo Switch
Hacker organization fail0verflow found a flaw in the Nintendo Switch that allowed Linux to be installed. In an article posted on Twitter earlier this week, fail0verflow said there was a bug in the Nintendo Switch that could not be fixed by a firmware update and could be abused to install Linux at any time.
— fail0verflow (@fail0verflow) February 6, 2018
A photo included in Twitter shows the Switch running Debian, and the hacker team said the exploit was an error in the boot ROM, suggesting that software repair was not possible. This means that if Nintendo wants to stop such hacking, the only way to do that is to work with Nvidia to use the new Tegra X1 chip, although companies can find other ways to alleviate the problem.
At first glance, the major benefit of hackers attacking the Nintendo Switch is the ability to install home-made apps and pirated games, but Nintendo expects to adopt a series of methods to stop users from turning to such hacks. First, a series of checks before each device connects to the server to determine which switches were hacked, Nintendo may prohibit these users from running the game online, and then the company may also issue a new firmware update to solve the problem, though It may not solve the problem completely, it can reduce its influence.
Currently, Nintendo has not commented on the hacker and the loopholes found, but the opinions of the fan community are different. Some people think that it may be exciting to modify game consoles and study software piracy, but some people think there is no reason worry because most buyers will still stick to the legal way to play games on the Switch.