The Nintendo Switch Hacked Through The Webkit Browser
The Nintendo Switch has a target on it’s back. Hackers have been pining away at the Switch, attempting to hack into the console. They’ve had some troubles in their efforts, but a high-profile iOS jailbreaker managed to bypass the device’s security. The Switch hack by Qwertyoruiop, used an old exploit for the iOS 9.3 WebKit browsers, which the Switch is running, circumvent the console’s protection. While there’s access past the main wall of security, much hasn’t come from the hack or jailbreak.
The WebKit browser is used on the Switch to sign into Wifi portals, otherwise, users are stuck without a browser. Nintendo using an older version of the open source project is a pain point, but now that the hole has been exploited, Nintendo will likely push an update out to fix it. That’s if they care enough about the browser, considering no information was outed nor was any functionality unlocked.
Nintendo Switch and iOS 9.3 run the same WebKit browser
Nintendo doesn’t have much to worry about yet as hackers have tried to access more important internals about the Switch. Many thought the Switch was running a version of Android, but that’s still unclear. In the video above, you’ll see a detailed explanation of how the exploit works. The original hacker didn’t release his code or give proof of concept, so we’ll go on his word.
We’re keeping an eye out for other hacks and exploits opening the switch up to not only see what it’s running but also possibly let third-party dongles work. We hope someone can bypass the security to let USB-C to HDMI work without needing the dock, letting users go to friends’ houses and play on the big screen. Until then, we’ll wait for more games and software to hit the Switch which only had 8 launch titles.
Tell us in the comments below what you think about the Nintendo switch and whether you think a hacker will bypass the Switch’s security in the next couple of weeks.