Nintendo Switch ‘severe vulnerability’ patched — what you need to know

We love all of the best Switch games, but playing first-party titles online may have been quietly risky over the past 12 months and more. That’s because hackers could have exploited a vulnerably in online elements of the Switch, Nintendo 3DS and Wii U to compromise your playing experience, steal private information and even take complete control of your console. 

Known as ENLBufferPwn, this is exploit was given a score of 9.8/10 (critical) by the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (opens in new tab) used to measure such weaknesses. First found in 2021 and reported to Nintendo, the gaming giant has been been quietly fixing the vulnerability in leading titles like Nintendo Switch Sports, Mario Kart 8, and the Splatoon series throughout 2022 . First-party games were particularly vulnerable to a C++ buffer overflow in the Network Library, rendering them prime targets for those up to no good.

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