In December of last year, Nintendo reported that they teamed up with HackerOne to find security faults and vulnerabilities about the 3DS.Now anyone can submit a report stating such flaws, and if Nintendo deems it remarkable enough, they will reward the person who submitted the report a bounty varying from $100 to $20,000, based on many factors.
Last month, Nintendo expanded this contract to include Switch security vulnerabilities, Which are the following:
- System Flaws regarding Nintendo Switch
- Privilege escalation from userland
- Kernel takeover
- ARM® TrustZone® takeover
- Vulnerabilities regarding Nintendo-published applications for Nintendo Switch
- Userland takeover
It looks like the program is working since today Nintendo has paid three people with a bounty (the sum was not disclosed).
Here is what Nintendo said about Bounty Program:
” Nintendo’s goal is to provide a safe environment for our customers so that they can enjoy our games and services,” the HackerOne website read. “In order to achieve this goal, Nintendo is interested in receiving vulnerability information that researchers may discover regarding Nintendo’s platforms. “
Advanced hackers shouldn’t plan on making a living off of Nintendo’s new initiative, however, as the company’s terms don’t guarantee a reward for discovered glitches.
“The reward amount depends on the importance of the information and the quality of the report,” Nintendo explained. “A report is evaluated to be high quality if you show that the vulnerability is exploitable by providing a proof of concept (functional exploit code is even better).”
The Nintendo’s 3DS has been hacked many times over the years, allowing the console to run homebrew software, as well as
pirated backup copies of games.One of the most famous flaws involved the obscure Ubisoft platformer Cubic Ninja, causing a change in eBay prices for the games.This year, another flaw emerged, this time using the indie gravity-flipping platform game VVVVVV. It was swiftly removed from the Nintendo eShop following the hack.So to fix these vulnerabilities Nintendo offering bounties for hackers.
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