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news Browserhax exploit for ipatched Switch hardware will be out later this week

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While prospects for homebrew on newer Nintendo Switch hardware, "ipatched" units, have been fairly bleak, it appears that a new exploit will be here soon. Mike Heskin (hexkyz) has confirmed that a method for users on current Switch hardware is set to be released later this week. Browserhax + nvhax will allow for ipatched systems below OFW 6.2.0 to access userland and use homebrew. This is far more limited than what can be done on unpatched units, but it marks the first breakthrough for newer hardware. Projects that work through userland mode Please login or register to see this link. , and this also means you'll be able to utilize homebrew made for the Please login or register to see this link. .
 

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Anyway, browserhax + nvhax for < 6.2.0 will be released later this week (along with the writeup) so people with ipatched units can play around a bit in userland. It's not much, but hopefully will lead to more people researching other attack vectors in the latest firmwares.

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Dunno what any of the details mean, but I guess they have a way of getting into the newer hardware fixed Switches now.

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@Ravenstorm yeah more or less, there still isn't a new exploit for the tegra boot mode (and may never be) so we can't boot a "full cfw" on the patched switches but it looks like work has been done on finding a new userland exploit. Userland is anything the end user (you :P) have accuses to. So you can run games, surf the web and stuff like that but you can't touch the kernel. The most common userland exploit is with the most common of the self plug'n'play web browser API that most device makers use any time there need there device to access the web. So this exploit will involve you changing the DNS setting on the switch to a custom server and then when you try and open the eshop (or anything else that uses the web browser like the ps4 uses the online user manual link) insted of going to the eshop the switch will go to a custom web site and that site will try and run code on the switch which most likely will end up with a home brew menu thing so we can run home brew and other custom apps but wont be able to install full retail apps. The switch did have a userland exploit in like firmware 3 or 4 but that got patched quickly but as this is a open source API anyone can download the code and try and find there own exploits.

Sorry I think I rambled a bit but I think that covers most of it :KannaWave:

Also knowing my luck this exploit will go public when im on holidays / afk and will be patched by the time I come back :KannaSpooky: but I don't have to update my switch now I got the games working offline soo that's a plus

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Thanks for explaining. Especially "Userland". Being able to browse would of been nice..I do it on my Vita all the time.

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