Nintendo Offers Cash Bounties To People Who Find 3DS Exploits

You know all those stories about people who hack into tech companies in such impressive fashion that those companies immediately offer them jobs? Nintendo won't do that. But they will offer you cash.

Partnering with the HackerOne group, Nintendo is offering bounties ranging from $US100 ($134) to $US20,000 ($26,839) to anyone who can find security vulnerabilities in the 3DS. Given that hackers and modders have had their way with the portable system for four years now, I imagine there will be some takers.

Specifically, Nintendo says:

Below are examples of types of activities that Nintendo is focused on preventing:

  • Piracy, including:
  • Game application dumping
  • Copied game application execution

  • Cheating, including:
  • Game application modification
  • Save data modification

  • Dissemination of inappropriate content to children

Below are examples of vulnerabilities that Nintendo is interested in receiving information about:

  • System vulnerabilities regarding the Nintendo 3DS™ family of systems
  • Privilege escalation on ARM11 userland
  • ARM11 kernel takeover
  • ARM9 userland takeover
  • ARM9 kernel takeover

  • Vulnerabilities regarding Nintendo-published applications for the Nintendo 3DS™ family of systems
  • ARM11 userland takeover

  • Hardware vulnerabilities regarding the Nintendo 3DS™ family of systems
  • Low-cost cloning
  • Security key detection via information leaks

The actual amount of cash you get will be determined by Nintendo, so if you discover something and send it their way, keep in mind that $US100 ($134)-$US20,000 ($26,839) figure is a pretty big range. If you do want to submit a report, here's where you go.


    Why would anyone do this? the only ones interested in this kinda stuff are the ones trying to create emulators for them anyway.

    And knowing Nintendo, they will always give the $100 reward claiming on that wasn't a big bug because you know, they love to fuck over their customers and everyone else.

    I wonder what would happen if someone submitted that they must have a bug for distribution etc like when the NES Mini was out of stock everywhere and they made it a rare item to purchase.

    I want Jim Sterling to start up #FuckNintendo

      How dare Nintendo attempt to secure their own intellectual property, right?

      You sound bitter because you couldn't get a NES mini. You, like Nintendo, and like pretty much everyone else, had absolutely no idea how many units that console would sell (just like amiibo!). The original pre-order via ebgames was up for days before "selling out". People freaked thinking it was limited edition or something (it's not). More units are coming.

      So no, Nintendo haven't "fucked" their customers over at all.

        gotta love it when people miss the entire point of a post, kudos man, forgot I was on kotaku for a minute.

        I don't think you understand that Nintendo have been purposely under producing or not shipping enough of certain products to make it more of a rarity in order to sell more or make people rush everywhere to get one which pisses off and screws over customers. forcing them to have to buy these products from Ebay or the likes for 100-500% mark ups.

          Yep, because Nintendo makes heaps of money when people sell their consoles on ebay at marked up prices.

            I don't think you fully understand what i am meaning with manipulating the market.

            Ok lets say 1000 people want a golden Dildo and you are one of these people but Nintendo only distributes 500 which means they have made this item even more scarce. What this does is make pretty much Scalpers money and makes the item seem really rare which means more people will want to buy said item then normally would. Why? because people like to own someone hard to get or rare.

            Can you Imagine if they done this with the Pokemon games? only release a few thousand in a country.

            Here watch this to understand. I suck at explaining stuff

            Last edited 08/12/16 4:02 pm

          Ummm have you got proof they are under producing products to build hype? Would be a great strategy, if it were true, but maybe they just didn't anticipate it's popularity (as i explained in my first post). Or are u simply speculating?

    And knowing Nintendo, they will always give the $100 reward claiming on that wasn't a big bug because you know, they love to fuck over their customers and everyone else. care to back up that claim?

      Can't back it up at this point until people actually fall for helping out Nintendo.

        So that's a "No, I can't back it up, but here's another parting shot at Nintendo while I'm typing"?

    33c3 is weeks away and there's a lot of hype for another major hack to be released during this time, so it's possible Nintendo is getting worried and trying to bait speakers into keeping the holes private instead of making it all public.

    I mean, people have made 3DS apps to pirate off Nintendo's own servers, so I wouldn't be surprised if they are desperate.

      This is pretty normal for most companies these days.

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