Nintendo patches a security vulnerability that could give hackers “full console takeover”

Nintendo has quietly patched a security vulnerability that could give hackers access to compromised Switch, 3DS, and Wii U games.

Remember when Nintendo released its first update for Mario Kart 7 in 10 years? Well, it turns out that was to address a critical exploit that “could allow an attacker to achieve full console takeover”.

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Whilst the issue was reportedly first noted back in 2021, PabloMK7, Rambo6Glaz, Fishguy6564 have been credited with the discovery of “ENLBufferPwn”, an exploit so serious, it was given a critical score of 9.8/10 in the CVSS 3.1 calculator.

As spotted by Nintendo Everything, the exploit was also reportedly patched in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, ARMS, Splatoon 2, and Super Mario Maker 2, as well as Splatoon 3 and Mario Kart 8 a short while back, as – according to one of the people who discovered it – “combined with other OS exploits, the vulnerability could allow an attacker to achieve full console takeover”.

By reporting the issue via Nintendo’s HackerOne program, the hackers secured $1000 bounty. It remains unclear if affected Wii U games will similarly be patched.

As for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, its most recent update saw the arrival of its third wave of DLC courses and the option to customise items – something Ed feels is the best thing to happen to Mario Kart 8.

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