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Hacking Group Fail0verflow Shows Linux Running on the Nintendo Switch

Accepted submission by takyon at 2018-02-12 18:08:49
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Nintendo hopes that "every single person" will own a Nintendo Switch [arstechnica.com], and that it can prolong the life cycle of the console to beyond 5-6 years.

Maybe Linux on Switch [fossbytes.com] could help?

[Hacker] group Fail0verflow has claimed [twitter.com] to have found a Nintendo Switch hack.

The group has posted the picture of Switch booting a Debian GNU/Linux installation. The picture also shows a serial adapter connected to one Joy-Con docks. Notably, Fail0verflow is the same group that hacked Nintendo Wii and PlayStation 3.

What makes this Nintendo Switch hack special is that it can't be patched in the currently released consoles. This is because the exploit was found in the boot ROM process of Nvidia Tegra X1 chips that can't be patched with software or firmware updates.

That's not all. This hack to run Linux doesn't even need a mod chip to run.

Also at TechCrunch [techcrunch.com].

Previously: Nintendo Switch Homebrew Mode Coming Soon Due to NVIDIA Tegra X1 Exploit [soylentnews.org]

Related: Nintendo to More Than Double Production of Switch; Success Rooted in Wii U's Failure [soylentnews.org]
Nintendo Switch is Fastest-Selling US Home Console [soylentnews.org]


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