Hackers to discuss Nintendo Switch security at 34C3 hacking conference. #GreatnessAwaits
Hackers Plutoo, derrek, and naehrwert are set to discuss Nintendo Switch hacking during the Chaos Communication Congress (a massive hacking meetup in Germany) this year. The talk is scheduled for one of the days of the Congress, that is sometime between December 27th and December 30th (exact date to be announced).
This is important to the scene, for multiple reasons. First, because it is always interesting to hear about hacks from the hackers themselves. More importantly because Plutoo et. al. have been known to release significant pieces of their work right after their presentations.
In 2015 for example, Smealum, Derrek, and Plutoo released full exploits for the latest 3DS firmware at the time, along will significant information on how to hack the Wii U. Plutoo announced kernel access on the Switch a while ago, and it’s not unrealistic to expect a release along those lines for 3.0.0 owners.
Specifically though, the description of the presentation (see below, original can be found on ccc’s website) does not make any promise of a significant release. So that’s just gut feeling and I’m not pretending I know exactly what these folks have up their sleeves.
Console Security – Switchplutoo, derrek, naehrwertNintendo has a new console, and it’s more secure than ever.
Additionally, Plutoo has recently open sourced nxdbg, a debugger for the switch (you can get nxdbg on his github here). That one requires kernel access, so once again it’s not unrealistic to maybe expect such a release this year. the hacker also announced he will indefinitely pause his console hacking involvement after the congress. Pretty sad, but such is the scene cycle of life, I guess. Hackers come, break ground continuously for a few years, then real life catches up 🙂
Sad news of the dev’s upcoming retirement set aside, the bottom line is that people should mark their calendars for the 34C3 event, which will happen from 12/27 to 12/30. We should know pretty soon on exactly what day the folks will be presenting their work. You can get the latest details on 34C3 here.