Originally Posted by Rm88~
WiiU totally needs piracy at the moment :/
This exploit won't enable piracy.
EDIT: To quote Marcan:
THIS EXPLOIT IS COMPLETELY USELESS FOR PIRACY AND HOMEBREW ALIKE. YOU WILL NEVER USE IT ON YOUR WII U FOR ANYTHING UNLESS YOU ARE A DEVELOPER LIKE THE AUTHOR. THE EXPLOIT DOESN'T BREAK ANY SECURITY THAT WASN'T ALREADY BROKEN AND USELESS.
It serves precisely three purposes:
1. It paves the way for a different exploit which, while ALSO not breaking anything not broken, and ALSO being useless for homebrew/piracy, makes it slightly easier to analyze the rest of the system once you do break it using yet another completely unrelated exploit.
2. It's cute and cool. We're hackers, we like breaking things even if it's useless. We also like laughing at Nintendo because they clearly didn't intend for this to happen, even though it's rendered moot by other flaws in the system.
3. Unfortunately, it also gives harryoke an excuse to post more utter nonsense and a completely fake gamepad photo that has nothing to do with any of this.
In other words, it allows MarioNumber1 to say he dumped the boot rom (good job!), and if he implements the HRESET exploit, and if he implements an undisclosed, completely unrelated, much more complex Wii U mode exploit, then he will have a slightly easier/more convenient time reverse engineering the rest of the system. It's not even a make-or-break thing, just a slight convenience.
Really, we did it because number 2.
And yes, Nintendo can't fix this on existing consoles, but even if they fix it on newer ones it's completely fucking irrelevant because only a single person in the world has to use this exploit once, ever, and after that it's completely and utterly useless for every purpose, period. The only purpose of this exploit is to learn more about how the console works.