Nintendo Switch ‘severe vulnerability’ patched – what you need to know

Nintendo Switch ‘severe vulnerability’ patched – what you need to know

We all love the best Switch games, but playing first-party titles online can be pretty risky over the past 12 months and more. That’s because hackers could have exploited a vulnerability in the online elements of Switch, Nintendo 3DS and Wii U to compromise your gaming experience, steal private information and even take full control of your console.

Known as ENLBufferPwn, this exploit was given a score of 9.8/10 (Critical) by Common vulnerability scoring system (opens in a new tab) used to measure such weaknesses. The gaming giant was first found in 2021 and reported to Nintendo, and has quietly fixed the vulnerability in leading titles such as Nintendo Switch Sports, Mario Kart 8and Splatoon series through 2022. First-party games were particularly vulnerable to a C++ buffer overflow in the network library, making them prime targets for those who weren’t good.

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