Nintendo’s Collaboration with HackerOne to Find Nintendo Switch Vulnerabilities Pays Off, First Bounties Paid
Nintendo has reportedly paid the first bounty as a part of its collaboration with HackerOne to find security loopholes & vulnerabilities in Nintendo Switch system.
The partnership between the two initially started in December 2015 with the aim of finding security loopholes in the Nintendo 3DS.
Nintendo & HackerOne Team Up for Nintendo Switch
The idea is as simple as it can get! Everyone is free to look for security flaws & submit a report detailing the loopholes. If the submitted flaws are worth consideration, Nintendo will pay the exploiter a bounty; ranging between $100 to $20,000. This amount varies, depending on a number of factors.
Extending the partnership last month, the collaboration now includes security loopholes & exploits regarding the company’s newest console, Nintendo Switch. According to HackerOne‘s official blog, here are some of the activities that Nintendo is looking to prevent:
- Piracy, including:
- Game application dumping
- Copied game application execution
- Cheating, including:
- Game application modification
- Save data modification
- Dissemination of inappropriate content to children
As for the vulnerabilities that Nintendo is looking for, these include:
- System vulnerabilities regarding Nintendo Switch:
- Privilege escalation from userland
- Kernel takeover
- ARM® TrustZone® takeover
- Vulnerabilities regarding Nintendo-published applications for Nintendo Switch
- Userland takeover
As mentioned earlier, it seems like the program is in full effect since Nintendo has awarded the very first bounties to three persons, named endergamer549, zacharias, & loituma.
From what we gather, while Nintendo Switch looks to be a tad harder to hack compared to Nintendo 3DS, this initiative should help Nintendo even more.
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