There’s good news for folks who’ve looked at the Nintendo Switch game console and thought “that’s a neat tablet, but I wish it could run Linux… or Android… or anything other than the software it comes with.”
The team says that there’s no easy way for Nintendo to patch the vulnerability used to load Linux without shipping new hardware. That means the exploit should work for all Nintendo Switch devices that are already in the wild.
That’s the good news. The less good news is that fail0verflow has a reputation for being slow to release their findings to the public. So it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to load custom firmware on your Switch anytime soon.
It’s also possible that if Nintendo discovers the vulnerability used by fail0verflow, the company could ship Switch v2 hardware that makes it harder to load Linux or other software.