Yesterday we reported on the new Windows RT jailbreak. While a cool idea, there were a few things left unanswered.
First, what good did it accomplish? Without any official desktop applications made for ARM processors, it didn’t bring anything new or exciting to the table. Still, homebrew efforts could eventually rise as a result.
The second big question is what Microsoft might have to think about the jailbreak. Microsoft has since responded stating that they appluad the effort and furthermore have issued a statement that the jailbreak poses no security threat to Windows RT at all, as it complex and requires local access including administrator rights.
In Microsoft’s own words:
The scenario outlined is not a security vulnerability and does not pose a threat to Windows RT users. The mechanism described is not something the average user could, or reasonably would, leverage, as it requires local access to a system, local administration rights and a debugger in order to work. In addition, the Windows Store is the only supported method for customers to install applications for Windows RT. There are mechanisms in place to scan for security threats and help ensure apps from the Store are legitimate and can be acquired and used with confidence.
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.
Keep in mind that Microsoft ends their statement by making it clear that the hack is interesting but might not be accessible forever. Whether that means they will target it with a patch or not remains unclear.
You have to wonder though, will the homebrew community go after this knowing there is a chance it could eventually end up completely patched up? The short answer is, probably yes. Hackers are smart. If they can open it up once, they can probably do it again even if Microsoft does try and patch it.
What do you think of the Windows RT jailbreak? If decent homebrew desktop apps showed up, would you consider applying the hack to your Windows RT device or does the idea of running non-secured/approved apps not appeal to you?