Apr 21, 2018 | Updated: 09:54 AM EDT

Nintendo Switch 'Jailbreak' Exploit Revealed, Root Access Found in Hidden WebKit Browser

Mar 18, 2017 08:22 AM EDT

The highly acclaimed adolescent Italian hacker, Luca Todesco, particularly known for his jailbreaking endeavors on Apple's iOS operating system, has now figured out how to "jailbreak" the recently released Nintendo gaming console, the Nintendo Switch.

The hacker figured out how to get root access to the console's system by utilizing the same technique he had used on the iOS device. As anticipated by the hacker by means of Tech Crunch, the hack itself was just a proof of idea he needed to test with. The pseudo-jailbreak fundamentally allowed him to get to the system and run any subjective code on the console. Clearly, this would allow anyone to change the Nintendo Switch's system, interface, and other functionalities.

The exploit is supposedly the same bug in the browser software on iOS 9, which is also present in the Nintendo Switch. The jailbreaking code has been made available and contains a web server that allows code to be sent to the console through its browser. The Nintendo Switch utilizes a concealed or hidden WebKit program, which is essential when the device needs to connect to a Wi-Fi network. When using the browser, which isn't connected with the consoles main operating system, allows customers to send commands to the Switch and control its basic functions.

The exploit, found in the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) website, uncovers that it is basically the same system found on the WebKit in Apple iOS 9.3.5 and underneath. Theexploit, formally named CVE-2016-4657, is again easy to use with any device that runs an unprotected adaptation or version of the WebKit. The Nintendo Switch hack likewise doesn't generally suggest that there will be pirated games for the console at any point soon. Development of these sorts of hacks takes time, and console creators are ready for these sorts of hacks from the time the mass hacking of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles.

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