Nintendo Switch Already Hacked Using Browser Applet

Editor’s Note: Niche Gamer does not condone piracy in any way, shape, or form. These exploits are against Nintendo’s End User License Agreement, and as such should only be done at your own risk.

A little over a week after launch, we have our first signs of Nintendo Switch receiving a software exploit.

Hacker quertyuiop, known for his PS4 and iOS jailbreaks, posted an image of him using an altered version of his iOS WebKit exploit to gain access to the Switch’s userland (low level system access that doesn’t usually allow for piracy). This was done via the console’s built-in web browser applet, as the console itself doesn’t have a fully fledged browser yet.

However, this means very little for actual console owners. While a proof-of-concept exploit is a very important milestone for console exploits, the fact that there is an exploit doesn’t mean that the exploit will allow for further access to the system OS. This includes the ability for things such as custom themes, homebrew software, or piracy.

While Nintendo will almost certainly patch this soon, if anything else is revealed we will let you know.

Matthew Sigler

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