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Security researchers present Nintendo Switch exploit that could bring homebrew support

The proof-of-concept hack exploits the console's webbrowser

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Thursday, January 4, 2018 - 19:28 GMT
Security researchers present Nintendo Switch exploit that could bring homebrew support
Thursday, January 4, 2018 - 19:28 GMT
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A group of security researchers has presented an exploit for the Nintendo Switch that could bring homebrew software support to the console soon.


The group consisting of security researchers and hackers Plutoo, Derrek and Naehrwert presented their findings at the annual 34C3 hacking conference in Germany last week.
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During their presentation they showed a proof-of-concept hack that exploited a security hole in the console's webbrowser to run their own software. Up until now, Nintendo had full control over what software was allowed to run on the console.

The presentation also shows that the console's GPU is a typical Nvidia Tegra X1 chip that has been rebranded for usage in the Nintendo Switch.

The group is now working on a homebrew launcher application that will allow those running version 3.0.0 of the Nintendo Switch firmware to launch software that hasn't been approved by Nintendo.

Homebrew software could bring new features and functions to the console that were not implemented by Nintendo. The group is not planning to develop an ISO loader to launch games acquired through illegitimate channels.
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Raymond Bakker
Journalist and Software Developer at Moonlight Multimedia. He covers the latest video games news from indie to virtual reality and has been actively involved in the video games industry since the early 2000s.

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