Windows RT successfully hacked to allow unsigned desktop apps


A hacker claims to have cracked Microsoft's (NASDAQ: MSFT) system that prevents unsigned desktop apps from running on its Windows RT tablet platform. Identified only by the name "clrokr" on Twitter, the hacker says he exploited a vulnerability that was in the Windows kernel "for some time," according to a new blog post that outlined the technical details behind the hack.

Windows RT was designed to compete with tablets such as the Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) iPad, and was designed to run only on the more energy-efficient ARM processor. It also comes with various tweaks, such as the removal of the traditional hibernate and sleep options, and does not allow existing x86 applications to be carried over.

For his part, clrokr says Windows RT is a clean port of Windows 8, and praised it for being "a good one." The hacker concluded that the decision to ban traditional desktop applications was not a technical one, but had to do with marketing.

"They are the same thing, and MSFT enforces Code Integrity to artificially separate these platforms ... The fact that this method works on Windows 8 as well shows how similar the systems are," wrote clrokr, who also said that it is possible to enforce the same code integrity on Windows 8 in order to see what Windows RT will feel like.

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