3DS: hacker plutoo releases “Freakyhax”, compatible with latest Firmware 11.0
Developer Plutoo just released Freakyhax for 3DS, a homebrew exploit for the 3DS, relying on a vulnerability in game Freakyforms Deluxe. Just like for the old Ninjhax that was leveraging an exploit in the game Cube Ninja, Freakyhax relies on the flawed QR-code functionality of Freakyforms Deluxe.
In order to run the exploit, you’ll need a legit copy of the game Freakyforms Deluxe. The price of the game might skyrocket in the days to come so I’d advise not to wait and get one now if you’re looking to get that exploit running. Note that the eShop version will work as well and might be a better choice money-wise, until Nintendo pull the game off the eShop (the current eShop price is $19.99).
Important additional note: Some of our readers mention that the eShop version could be a bad idea, as Nintendo could enforce some unavoidable security updates on this version. If possible, stick to the retail version
Once you have the game and run it, the idea is pretty much to trigger the exploit on the 3DS by loading a specific QR code (provided by the hacker), which will then load the popular 3DS homebrew launcher. Check the video at the bottom of this article from the developer, showing how to run the exploit.
Details can be found on Plutoo’s github, and we’re reproducing the steps below:
- A EUR/USA copy of the game (either eShop or cartridge)
- Recent 3DS firmware, including latest (11.0.0-33) as of this writing
- Get the latest version of freakyhax, and extract it to the root of your sdcard.
- Get the “otherapp payload” for your 3DS firmware from the homebrew launcher website.
- Put the otherapp bin on your sdcard root and rename it to “otherapp.bin”.
- Get the homebrew starter kit from the homebrew launcher website and put it on your sdcard.
- Start the game.
How do I trigger the exploit?
In the game menu pick:
Play → Camera → Load a QR code → pick the image.
Source: Plutoo on Twitter