Nintendo Switch just hit the market earlier this month, but a possible jailbreak tool could just be lurking around the corner. It is after a hacker released a pseudo-jailbreak that enables users to run arbitrary code on the console. Reports also revealed that it is the same tool that allowed iOS 9 users to customize their handsets.
Hacker qwertyoruiopz was the one who released the possible jailbreak tool. For users who have no idea, Switch has a hidden WebKit browser that you can use when connecting to Wi-Fi using a captive portal. This is the same WebKit in Apple iOS before 9.3.5. Now, according to TechCrunch, the exploit revealed by the hacker could be used to attack the console.
The possible tool is called CVE-2016-4657. It “allows attackers to execute arbitrary code or cause a denial of service (memory corruption) via a crafted web site.” It has also been cleared that this tool does not focus on iOS only because users can utilize it on other devices that run an unprotected version of WebKit like the Switch.
Now, keep in mind that this is not actually a jailbreak tool for Nintendo Switch. It will just allow users to send malformed commands to the console and access some very basic functions. The hacker also clarified that it is not the traditional way of jailbreaking. Instead, it only shows the possible things to do in the console’s WebKit.
Just to clarify things, through this tool, which is available here, you will not be able to play pirated Zelda games on your console. As of writing, Nintendo has made their games and console really hard to crack down. Although there are some tools that will let you run unsigned code or play pirated games, it is still pretty obvious that the company has exerted a lot of efforts to prevent system hacking.
‘Zelda: Breath of the Wild’ Documentary
Speaking of Nintendo games, the manufacturer will release today a three-part making-of documentary of Breath of the Wild. Based on the some posts, it will be a standard behind-the-scene documentary that will allow gamers to see how their favorite title was made. It already rolled out earlier at 9 a.m. Eastern Time.
How about you? Do you think cracking down Nintendo Switch is really possible? Do you think hackers will release a jailbreak tool sometime soon? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.