As with all new hardware, as soon as it releases a group of clever and skilled people go to work trying to find out everything about it including how to bypass security. The Nintendo Switch isn’t any different, in about a week since launch it appears the first hack might have been executed on the hardware.
One such person who looks into hardware includes qwertyoruiopz who is recently known for working on the JBME website exploit for iOS9.3. It appears that the same Webkit flaw being exploited there can be used on the Nintendo Switch too. The code used to exploit the iOS code apparently works on the Switch by simply removing the Apple specific references.
The coder Tweeted his findings saying “That’s just how it goes” with a picture of the Switch running the code.
that's just how it goes pic.twitter.com/ztkFrbjz5u
— qwertyoruiop (@qwertyoruiopz) March 11, 2017
The exploit of the system was being run against the latest Nintendo Switch firmware, version 2.0.0. It is likely Nintendo will be looking at the exploit carefully and update the system firmware accordingly to block the exploit.
It isn’t clear just how viable the exploit is or what you can do once you have access to the system using it. We are sure we’ll find out more over time as hardware tinkerers spend more time with the device.
The Nintendo Switch launched globally but is in short supply through official retail channels.