Microsoft Not Pleased with Windows RT Jailbreak Tool, Says It May Block the Hack

The company is now investigating the jailbreak software

By on January 12th, 2013 09:39 GMT

Microsoft is apparently having a change of heart over the recently-released jailbreak tool for Windows RT devices, with the company now suggesting that it may block the hack after all.

A downloadable software solution that provides a one-click jailbreak option for Windows RT users was released on the web a couple of weeks ago and as long as the jailbreak community is concerned, plenty of users have already unlocked their devices.

But Microsoft claims that it’s now looking into the issue and will make a decision as soon as possible.

“We are actively investigating this and will take appropriate action as necessary,” a Microsoft spokesperson told TNW in a short statement.

The first jailbreak
was released approximately one week ago, but it all came down to a long and complex procedure that could keep the majority of users away from it. But everybody knew that it was only a matter of time until software developers released a one-click jailbreak tool aimed at all user categories, so Microsoft is now reconsidering its position over the Windows RT hack.

The company was initially pretty excited that someone had found a way to bypass its restrictions and even “applauded” the software developers behind the project. And even if it said that a future update could block similar attempts in the future, the company offered no indication that it plans to do so.

“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,” the company told us in an emailed statement.

And still, the hack doesn’t represent a security issue for Windows RT user, so Microsoft may see no reason in rushing to block the jailbreak.

“The scenario outlined is not a security vulnerability and does not pose a threat to Windows RT users,” Microsoft confirmed in its first statement.
The hack allows Windows RT users to run unsigned apps
   The hack allows Windows RT users to run unsigned apps
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