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Hackers Turn The Nintendo Switch Into A Fully-functioning Linux Tablet

Hackers Turn The Nintendo Switch Into A Fully-functioning Linux Tablet Hackers Turn The Nintendo Switch Into A Fully-functioning Linux Tablet
Emmett Howard | 20 February, 2018, 15:06

Well, one group of hackers did, so much so that they made a decision to exploit a bug within the portable console's security and transform it into a fully-functioning Linux tablet.

On February 6, fail0verflow posted a photo on Twitter that appeared to show Linux running on the Switch, though it only displayed the bootup screen. Recently, they tweeted another post which shows a video of Linux running on the system with complete support for the touchscreen, an operational web browser and a GPU-powered demo application. We have already seen hackers using exploits to run Linux on the Nintendo Switch and it seems that the fun does not stop there. The hacker group has claimed that the exploited bug cant be patch on now released hardware and won't require a modchip.

But worry not! Fail0verflow is a squad dedicated to hacking games consoles and they've just released video footage of their most recent project: transforming the Nintendo Switch in to a Linux tablet.

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Presumably Nintendo might have learnt from some of their previous consoles, such as the Wii which was successfully hacked to allow the downloading and running of pirated software.

Fail0verflow didn't spell out how it achieved this feat, but it involves exploiting a flaw in the boot ROM of the Switch's Nvidia Tegra X1 chip.

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