Switch: Hacker Kate Temkin shares FAQ on upcoming Fusée Gelée release
Nintendo Switch hacking team Reswitched have announced they will be releasing a Custom Firmware solution compatible with all firmwares of the Switch (for the current hardware revision of the console). The release is expected around this summer.
This stream of announces happens in the context of Team Xecuter stating they have an upcoming hardware hack for the Nintendo Switch. KTemkin makes it clear in the FAQ that preventing Team Xecuter from turning a profit is a nice side effect of this upcoming release:
“Not just do they publicly endorse piracy, and seek to profit from keeping information to a few people, but they’re also willing to drop a 0-day that affects a broad swathe of devices on the public without any responsible disclosure.
All in all, I think that Team Xecuter seems to be without morals or scruples, and I am happy to do as much as I can to reduce their profitability and thus disincentivize these kinds of awful behaviors.”
From an outsider’s perspective, some of the answers in the FAQ actually bring more questions than they try to answer. I’m still not sure if the exploit will require some hardware modification or not. Its seems it will require some, but light. But there’s also a software version of the exploit.
What matters for now is the statement that current hardware revisions of the Nintendo Switch are all hackable, independently of their firmware version. However the exploit has been disclosed to NVidia and Nintendo by the hackers, and there definitely will be a hardware revision to patch it. It is unknown at this point if there will be any consistent way to dissociate the new hardware from the old. (Raise your hand if you remember the good old days of unhackable motherboards on the PSP)