It’s a tale as old as time. Something new comes along and we, as inquisitive humans, want to know what’s inside and how it works. Well that’s what happened recently when a hacker who goes by ‘qwertyoruiop’ proved he had found an exploit for the newly released Nintendo Switch. Well that didn’t take long, did it?
His proof of concept shows that he tapped into already well-known vulnerabilities of Apple’s webkit, which is being used by the Switch’s browser, by tweaking an existing iOS jailbreak code. It was also noted that the version of the webkit was outdated, meaning the exploit was probably a lot easier than it should of been. The exploit was fashioned into an iOS jailbreak method in December of 2016 meaning Nintendo had ample time to work on any security flaw the Switch had and keep it up to date.
This may excite some people who are looking forward to some form of emulation on the console, however it’s nowhere near being able to run custom code at this point, though it does allow further insight into the software of the Switch and could lead to further exploits/developments down the road. With this being a user-level exploit, until it is patched, it will give a lot of people the chance to check out how the Switch works on the back-end.
They better work fast however, I wouldn’t be surprised if Nintendo were working on a patch right now. The damage however, has already been done.