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SpotPass is a Nintendo 3DS feature that allows the 3DS to automatically download content, notifications, and software when it's in standby mode.(SpotPass may download/upload some content while the 3DS is in "active" mode, but *only* if the currently active app uses SpotPass) SpotPass can upload content as well. Software downloaded with SpotPass is stored on SD card.

SpotPass Internet communications are mostly HTTPS transfers.

In System Settings, you can disable SpotPass automatic title downloading, but it states that important software will still downloaded.(This only disables downloading of free titles via SpotPass)

'' confirmed usages:(not SpotPass related)

  • Friends List applet requires this server to be 'Online' (most likely the reason for regular requests to this server)
  • Required for initialization of eShop, (for first time eShop users). Not required for using eShop after first use.

Every time the system connects to the wifi AP, the BOSS ("Background online storage service" = SpotPass) module itself will download the cleartext xml policylist: "<countrycode>". This policylist contains a list of SpotPass tasks for certain titles. This policylist can control whether the specified tasks are processed at all. The default user-agent used for SpotPass HTTPS requests(including this policylist) is: "PBOS-5.0/<printed hex u64 LocalFriendCodeSeed>-<hex u64 obtained via the friends service>/<text system version>/<unknown decimal value>/0". No user-agent is used for plaintext HTTP requests with SpotPass.

In some cases the BOSS module will add the following URL parameter to HTTPS requests, when connected to a Nintendo Zone AP: "ap=<NZoneApNum>".

Titles Spotpass usage

Title Description
Home Menu Home Menu uses SpotPass for system notifications, and for uploading data from home-menu shared extdata.
System Settings System Settings uses SpotPass for uploading data, with this URL:<RegionID>/sendcfg This RegionID is separate from the RegionIDs home-menu uses.
? Unknown log data is uploaded with this URL:

Automatic System Update Download

See Automatic System Update Download.

Content Container

SpotPass content must use this container to encrypt the payload and sign it, for content downloads. The cleartext content is stored in extdata. The format of these headers is big-endian.

BOSS Header

Offset Length Description
0x0 0x4 Magic Number "boss"
0x4 0x4 Magic Number 0x10001
0x8 0x4 Big-endian filesize
0xC 0x8 u64 release date (UNIX timestamp)
0x14 0x2 Must always be 0x1
0x16 0x2 Padding
0x18 0x2 Content header hash type, always 0x2 for SHA-256
0x1A 0x2 Content header RSA size, always 0x2 for RSA-2048 (X<<7)
0x1C 0xC First 12 bytes of the CTR

Data following the BOSS header is encrypted with AES-CTR. The first 12 bytes of the CTR are from offset 0x1C of the header, while the last word of the CTR in big-endian is 0x1. The CTR from the header is random per file, and an unique random CTR is used each time the content is updated. The cleartext data begins with the content header.

Content Header

Offset Length Description
0x0 0x10 ?
0x10 0x2 Used for generating the extdata filepath.
0x12 0x20 SHA-256 hash
0x32 0x100 RSA-2048 signature over the above hash

The first 0x10-bytes are all-zero except the first byte which is usually 0x80. It's unknown what the first 0x10-bytes are used for.

The hash at offset 0x12 hashes the 0x12-byte data at offset 0x0 followed by a zero u16. The RSA signature is signed by Nintendo. Following this header is the actual content payload, which is written to a cleartext file under the extdata /boss directory. The data following the payload header is written to extdata, but it's unknown what data is written to the extdata file before the content payload.

Payload Content Header

Offset Length Description
0x0 0x8 ProgramID
0x8 0x4 Usually zero?
0xC 0x4 Content datatype, used for filtering with BOSSU:GetNsDataIdList.

Usually 0x10001? (observed 0x20001 in eShop strings)

0x10 0x4 Size of the payload after this header
0x14 0x4 NsDataId, used for generating the extdata filepath.
0x18 0x4 ?
0x1C 0x20 SHA-256 hash
0x3C 0x100 RSA-2048 signature over the previous SHA-256 hash

This signature is signed by Nintendo with the same key-pair as the content header.

The hash at offset 0x1C hashes the 0x1C-byte data at offset 0x0 followed by a zero u16, followed by all of the remaining cleartext data following this header(the actual content data).