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Windows RT Jailbreak Tool Released 101

Posted by samzenpus
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An anonymous reader writes "Earlier this week, reports surfaced that the Windows RT operating system had been jailbroken to allow for the execution of unsigned ARM desktop applications. Microsoft quickly issued a statement saying it does not consider the findings to be part of a security vulnerability, and applauded the hacker for his ingenuity. Now, a Windows RT jailbreak tool has been released."
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Windows RT Jailbreak Tool Released

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  • Re:windows rt (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Fluffeh (1273756) on Thursday January 10, 2013 @08:01PM (#42552821)

    what'sthat?

    A new and innovative way to lock hardware to only the applications that you want your users to run.

    *sips coffee*

    Oh, and apparently it failed to live up to the owners expectations to be locked down.

  • Kudos (Score:5, Insightful)

    by gadzook33 (740455) on Thursday January 10, 2013 @08:05PM (#42552845)
    Kudos to MS for being good sports about it.
  • Applause? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by guttentag (313541) on Thursday January 10, 2013 @08:06PM (#42552847) Journal

    We applaud the ingenuity of the folks who worked this out and the hard work they did to document it. We’ll not guarantee these approaches will be there in future releases.

    Translation: Thank you for carefully documenting how you jailbroke our new operating system. Your documentation will help us close that hole, even though it poses no security risk.

  • Re:windows rt (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Decker-Mage (782424) <jack_of_shadows@yahoo.com> on Thursday January 10, 2013 @08:07PM (#42552855)
    Actually Microsoft had the same response, after thinking a bit, to the jailbreaking of Windows Phone 7. No matter how hard you try, if one human, or group of humans, comes up with a protection scheme, another will figure out a way through or around it. Nature of the beast and the sooner others (Sony!?) get a clue, the sooner everyone can start thinking of more innovative things to do rather than waste resources this way.
  • Re:windows rt (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Microlith (54737) on Thursday January 10, 2013 @08:19PM (#42552947)

    And then you end up in the situation jailbreakers are with iOS 6. There is still no jailbreak for the platform. And when one is released, Apple will patch it.

    Playing silly cat and mouse games with vendors that do this is effort and time wasted. If you see value in using devices you purchase as you see fit, then buy from vendors that don't deliberately interfere with you and make those devices and the software for them better.

  • Re:windows rt (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Microlith (54737) on Friday January 11, 2013 @03:24AM (#42555431)

    I see it as the best of both worlds.

    But its not. You're patronizing a hostile vendor.

    I do like Apple's walled garden because of the polish, quantity, and diversity of the app offerings, but I want to be able to knock a hole in that wall every now and then when I want to do something they don't want me to do (wifi tethering, custom lock screens, custom notification badges, etc).

    Then perhaps the right answer is, instead of giving money to a company that is hostile to you, that you should look around for a vendor who provides what you want. Android's done a good job at crippling that market however.

    They get to lock down the OS so the vast majority of non tech-savvy customers don't wind up breaking their precious iDevices installing malware, but the holes still exist for the more adventurous users.

    No. iOS 6 proves that this argument is and always has been shit. Apple doesn't give a flying fuck about jailbreakers and will fight them until they've got nothing and thus far Apple is winning.

    However, if they ever succeed in truly battening down the hatches and making jailbreaking impossible, I'll be forced to jump ship.

    You'll eventually jump ship.

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