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Microsoft Investigates Jail-broken Surface

Embarrassed Microsoft say "well done, but naughty" to hackers as just days after the exploit was discovered, it's made available to Joe Public.

Microsoft’s Redmond campus is now investigating a recent hack to their Surface range of tablet hardware. Just four days after the discovery by a security researcher that exploits a debugging trick to disable the signature check in the kernel to allow any software to be run. The original flaw required a bit of usage of the WinDbg tool but a coder has tidied up the process and release “RT Jailbreak Tool v1” which tidied up the whole process.

Initially, Microsoft were nonchalant about the flaw but now have their sight firmly targeted at covering up this huge man hole of a discovery. At the time Microsoft didn’t think that this was a security vulnerability and said “We applaud the ingenuity of the folks that 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 heightened concern comes as the original hack wasn’t so user friendly and “the average user” would struggle to use it. The recent hack however allows regular customers to install ARM-compatible software without the need to connect to the Microsoft Store.