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fail0verflow, A group of Hackers managed to run Linux on Nintendo Switch

by Harikrishna Mekala

According to fail0verflow, there’s a defect in the boot ROM in Nvidia’s Tegra X1 system-on-a-chip. when your console begins, it reads and performs an execution a piece of code stored in a read-only memory(ROM) This code includes instructions about the booting process.

It indicates that the boot ROM is saved on the chip when Nvidia builds it and it can’t be changed in any way after that. Even if Nintendo publishes a software update, this software update won’t hit the boot ROM. And as the console loads the boot ROM directly after pressing the power button, there’s no way to circumvent it.

The only way to fix it would be to build new Nvidia Tegra X1 chips. So it’s likely that Nintendo asks Nvidia to fix the problem so that new consoles don’t have this vulnerability.

fail0verflow also states that you don’t need to install a correction chip to bypass the boot ROM. On the photo, it looks like they secured something on the right side of the device, where the right Joy-Con is thought to be.

If fail0verflow decides to share the deed, it could open up many opportunities when it comes to homebrew software and, yes, pirated games. It could have some business implications for Nintendo.

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