First Wii Mini exploit found

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    And they said it couldn't be done. Almost seven years after its release, @Fullmetal5 (the same developer behind str2hax and flashhax) has finally managed to find an exploit compatible with Nintendo's so-called "unhackable" Wii Mini and crack it wide open! Instead of using internet browsers or loading code from the SD card slot, both of which are (in)famously absent from the Mini, this new approach takes advantage of a vulnerability found in Broadcom's Bluetooth driver to gain arbitrary code execution and run a payload from the included USB port. This finally lets homebrew enthusiasts have fun with the console, and may also open the door to online play as well with the help of hacks and a LAN adapter!

    While the exploit is making good progress, having already reached 90% completion for the Bluetooth stager and also being consistent enough to be called usable, there's still a lot of work to be done before a public release is available. There's also the possibility of HackMii Installer being incompatible with the Mini's version of IOS, in which case further new exploits will need to be found in order to make it work. You can get an idea about the state of the project in the roadmap below, which was written and shared by the dev itself:

    The exploit doesn't have an official name yet, but it's currently being referred to as "bluehax". Right now it's being tested on some specific games, however, there's a real possibility it will work out of the box with the Wii's System Menu alone due to its nature, thus removing the need of a dedicated game. It only takes a computer with a Bluetooth interface to make it work: there's no definitive usage guide just yet, but it should be as easy as running a program on your PC, hitting the SYNC button on the console, et voila - you're good to go! There is a small catch, however: development is targeting just Linux and no Windows version is planned. If you can get behind that, you'll soon be able to enjoy that sweet, sweet homebrew on the tiniest Wii Nintendo has ever made!

    :arrow: Source 1 (Twitter)
    :arrow: Source 2 (Discord server)
     
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  1. altorn

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    Wait... there's a Wii Mini??
     
  2. Issac

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    inb4 some fun comments.... (those who knows, knows) ;)
     
  3. skinnyBIGGS

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    Omg this is EPIC. i love how the mini looks .. great job friend keep at it...love this site
     
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  4. Darklinkreturns

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    Finally, I can hack those 50+ Wii Mini's I have laying around
    *cough cough*
     
  5. Essasetic

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    I hope this leads into interesting developments. This is an interesting case as the Wii Mini has no SD Card slot, no online functionality and no GC backwards compatibility.
     
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  6. 8BitWonder

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    I keep forgetting Wii Minis even exist.
    Might consider grabbing one if homebrew can take off like it did on the standard models.
     
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    Neat! And... Please give it a decent name... Anything without the "Hax" It's sooooooo overused...
     
  8. linuxares

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    So even the Wii Mini's can get brickers now? :O
     
  9. ClassyDragon

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    Wow!! I just love the idea of cracking a system that has had all but the necessary openings removed. I've never even owned a Wii Mini but this is really amazing :)
     
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  10. Sonic Angel Knight

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    Does a Raspberry Pi count as Linux? Cause I have one with wifi & bluetooth. (Though I'm not very good at using the raspberry pi OS, easier to use windows) Hopefully it can be used on android devices instead. I have a nvidia tablet and console. :ninja:
     
  11. WiiHomebrew+Snes

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  12. RattletraPM
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    I don't have access to the source so I can't confirm for sure, but it's likely that'll do! You may have to compile it yourself tho ;)
     
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  13. ShadowOne333

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    I really loved the design of the Wii Mini, I wanted to change my standard white Wii for one, but I found out it wasn't hacked, and that's as far as it went...
    Until now :D
     
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  14. Sonic Angel Knight

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    Compile? Sorry I have no clue what that means. I doubt is like some youtube epic fails compilation video. Cause I don't have software for that stuff. :blink:
     
  15. Reynardine

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    The Wii Mini always seemed so pointless to me. Now it may finally serve a purpose.:P

    (And just in time for a wave of brick apps. Sorry, couldn't resist.)
     
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  16. ShadowOne333

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    BlueHax or ToothHax :^}
     
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    None... lol
     
  18. ctrninja

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    You don't even tell anybody about DeadlyFoez's hard work?
     
  19. Scarlet

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    Did Foez even achieve anything in the end? All I know is that he tried to do stuff and that he harassed and abused members of our staff. He isn't exactly somebody I think highly of at the best of times.
     
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