A couple days ago, Derrek twitted “we got the kernel”, a statement that yellows8 later confirmed means the kernel has been dumped rather than exploited. Dumping a decrypted version of the kernel is of course a massive step, as it pretty much a requirement to start reverse engineering the Switch firmware in search for exploits.
Nintendo are prepared to some extent against hacking. In particular, SciresM gave details on the crash reports being logged back to Nintendo. These logs contain lots of details, and will help the company patch potential exploits before they’re even distributed, if hackers are not careful enough and let the console communicate back with the Nintendo servers. We’ve already suspected similar activity from Sony early in the PS Vita days.
A list of the data being sent to Nintendo in crash reports, courtesy of SciresM
Nintendo didn’t stop here of course, they’ve recently added the Switch to their bug bounty program, to give an incentive to security researchers to report bugs and vulnerabilities rather than use them to exploit the console.
Since the launch of the console, it seems Switch hackers have made steady progress on breaking the console open, which seems to imply Nintendo is still not at Sony or Microsoft’s levels when it comes to securing their console. It’s an exciting time to be on the scene.