New York: In a story that is surely making a lot of people’s day pretty hectic at the Microsoft headquarters, a 5-year old kid reportedly figured out how to bypass the account restrictions meant to keep him off of his Dad’s Xbox One.
The trick? When asked for a password, he pounded the space bar a bunch of times, then hit enter. For some crazy reason, this punching worked. Time and again.
It has been learnt that the Microsoft has taken the bug seriously and awarded the tiny tot a security researcher credit after the bug was patched.
A quick glance at Microsoft’s security acknowledgements for March lists confirms Kristoffer Wilhelm von Hassel.
He’s one of few individuals on the page whose name doesn’t link to a Twitter account, since he too young to have a Twitter account.
It’s not like the kid found some buffer overflow that let him execute remote code and turn the Xbox into a toaster or whatever. But he tried something, and it worked, and he knew he’d done something he wasn’t supposed to — enough so to admit he felt a bit nervous about the whole thing.