There is a serious security problem in some games for Switch, 3DS and Wii U

There is a serious security problem in some games for Switch, 3DS and Wii U

Nintendo has been releasing patches for some of its games, including some that debuted more than 10 years ago. This is something that has some users very confused, but it turns out that they have done it for a good reason: there is a serious security problem in some of the company’s games.

According to members of the Nintendo homebrew scene, it turns out that some exclusive games for Nintendo Switch, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Wii U have a security vulnerability. This is the ENLBufferPwn exploit, which has a rating of 9.8/10 in the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS).

But what the heck does this vulnerability do? It opens the door for a third party to take control over the hardware that has this vulnerability. So if someone takes advantage they could access your eShop payment details or even access the Wii U or 3DS camera. Thus, it is a truly sensitive vulnerability as it allows the execution of external code.

Which Nintendo games have this vulnerability?

But what are the games in which the vulnerability was found? We leave you the list below:

  • Mario Kart 7
  • splatoon
  • Mario Kart 8
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  • ARMS
  • splatoon 2
  • splatoon 3
  • Super Mario Maker 2
  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  • Nintendo Switch Sports

An important point is that Nintendo has already updated all the games for Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS that appear on the list to make the vulnerability disappear. That being said, Splatoon and Mario Kart 8 (both for Wii U) still have the issue. That is why we recommend you to avoid the online of these games for a long time.

Brent Dubin
Brent Dubin, known as the Gaming Giant among Globe Live Media staff, is the chief Gaming Reporter for Globe Live Media. Having attended all the major events of Gaming around the World, he is sure to give you exactly the update related to gaming World you are looking for.