An old browser exploit is all you need to hack the Nintendo Switch

By Kin Boon on Mar 13, 2017

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The Nintendo Switch might be Nintendo’s fastest-selling console of all time and it has one of the best open-world games in its launch library, but it was marred by issues plaguing the system. Hardware defects were reported by many users and although Nintendo responded that one of the issues is not their problem, it’s very unlikely that they can evade the latest controversy concerning the console’s software.

Apparently, you can hack the Nintendo Switch, as proven by a hacker called qwertyoruiop. An image of the device was posted by the hacker, showing qwertyoruiop’s name with the word “Done” on its screen. The Switch was shown sitting on top of a laptop with some codes on the screen, which might have been used for the hack. The exploit was apparently done using the console’s hidden browser.

According to security websites, the hacker is known for past jailbreaks, namely multiple versions of Apple’s iOS and the PlayStation 4 version 1.76 hack. The sites attributed the cause of the hack to a Webkit exploit running on the Switch, which has also been confirmed by Qwertyoruiop. He said all that he needed to do was slightly tweak an existing jailbreakMe iOS Webkit exploit and remove the iOS specific code from it.

Console hacking is not something unusual, but the effects of this latest exploit are yet to be seen. Maybe we’ll have access to pirated games one day, but at the cost of security risk.

Source: VentureBeat

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