Nintendo Switch 'Jailbreak' Italian Hacker Release Proof Of Concept

By rloutomikz (rachellou.sarona@gmail.com) | Mar 22, 2017 07:50 AM EDT
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Italian hacker, Luca Todesco, popularly known for being a 'jailbreak genius' as he managed to jailbreak Apple's iOS operating system has reportedly figured out to ''jailbreak'' the recently released Nintendo gaming console, the Nintendo Switch. Luca Todesco has discovered how to gain access to the console's system by utilizing the same technique he used n iOS 9 devices.

Essentially, the pseudo-jailbreak allowed him to access the system and run any arbitrary code on the console- which allows a user to change the Nintendo Switch Console's system, interface, and other functionalities. Some reports also claimed that this exploit is the same bug in the browser software on iOS 9 which is also found in the Nintendo Switch.

Now, according to the Italian hacker, an old iOS 9.3 WebKit vulnerabilities, which are hidden within the Nintendo Switch browser can be easily exploited. The exploit, however, lies in the switch's limited web browser functionality. This exploit is called CVE-2016-4657, which is easier to execute with other devices that run an unprotected version of the WebKit. It is the same process found on the WebKit in Apple's iOS 9.3.5, according to Tech Crunch.

On the other hand, Nintendo chose an unprotected version of the WebKit, which allowed, hacker, Luca Todesco, to use and existing iOS WebKit jailbreak and utilized it on the switch. Furthermore, the old set of vulnerabilities in the Nintendo Switch allows the users to connect to Wi-Fi hotspots and gain access to Twitter and Facebook. The connection, meanwhile, is run by Apple's open source browser engine, WebKit, according to MacRumors.

Now that the jailbreak has been released publicly, new reports claimed that Nintendo might probably release an update that would show that the exploit in the Nintendo Switch can be user-friendly. But this doesn't mean either that there will be pirated games for the console in the future, as they are also preventing it to happen.

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