Nintendo: Old games of the firm reveal important security gaps

Some older Nintendo games have security vulnerabilities according to Nintendo World Report.

Just because Nintendo is focusing all its energy on the Switch doesn’t mean we should forget that a lot of 3DS and WiiU are still in the hands of a lot of gamers. And when hackers manage to find a loophole that allows them to access the camera, microphone, and recorded CB on the console, it can do a lot of damage.

An update to avoid dramas on Nintendo

Sometimes Nintendo releases updates for its older games to protect them from these kinds of issues, as has been the case very recently for Mario Kart 7. But that didn’t stop hackers from finding a loophole in MK7 and other games via the “ENLBufferPwn” vulnerability. The latter has a rating of 9.8/10 on the CVS (Common Vulnerability Scoring System), the official scale used in computer security to define whether a flaw is minor or critical. We let you guess that at 9.8/10, the one Nintendo knows is dead serious. By overflowing the console buffer, the hacker can take full control without the player realizing it.

Also, the lack of updates on Wii U could introduce a vulnerability in the future and lead to various player data breaches. Nintendo claims to be aware of the vulnerability prior to its disclosure, which allowed existing patches to be scheduled, according to the report. Also, here is a list of affected games:

  • mario kart 7
  • mario kart 8
  • mario kart 8 deluxe
  • Arms
  • Splatoon (2 and 3)
  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  • super mario maker 2
  • nintendo switch sports