Nintendo Switch 7.0.0 gets released, and cracked within hours
It should come as no surprise that since the Fusee Gelee exploit was release last year, there’s not much Nintendo can do to prevent hackers from unpacking and exploiting firmware updates. Still, it’s always impressive to see a new firmware being cracked so fast.
Nintendo Switch 7.0.0 update
Nintendo Switch Firmware 7.0.0 mostly brings support for new languages (and, technically, dramatically expands the possible audience for the console), namely Chinese, Korean, and Taiwanese. The usual “system stability improvements” are also inserted in the update for good measure.
The full changelog:
- Select from six new New Super Mario Bros.™ U Deluxe icons for your user
- To edit your user icon, head to your My Page > Profile on the top left of the HOME menu
- Added additional language support to the HOME Menu for Chinese, Korean, and Taiwanese
- To change the language, head to the System Settings > System > Language
- General system stability improvements to enhance the user’s experience
Related to the “stability improvements”, hacker SciresM mentions this new firmware brings lots of changes at the OS level, possibly in order to “facilitate stuff for games in the future”.
For people complaining about “no new changes”, 7.0.0 is actually definitely deserving of a major bump. Besides usual anti-hacker stuff, 7.0.0 has major API changes…new services and everything! They also seem to have turned on optimization flags(?) in a lot of sysmodules?
— Michael (@SciresM) January 29, 2019
But SciresM also hinted at some changes in the Switch OS which could be attempts at limiting what can be done on the console with Custom Firrmware and homebrew. For example by limiting the number of threads a sysmodule can create.
Nintendo Switch 7.0.0 hacked within hours
A few hours after the update was out, developer motezazer announced the firmware was cracked.
Here are some SHA256 hashes in celebration 🙂
Master key: 4EC96B8CB01B8DCE382149443430B2B6EBCB2983348AFA04A25E53609DABEDF6
— motezazer (@elmirorac) January 29, 2019
This means Custom Firmwares should be updated very soon to support the latest Nintendo Switch 7.0.0 firmware. In the meantime, we recommend you do not attempt to update, until your favorite CFW solution is confirmed to be good to go.