Is Windows RT as secure as it should be?

Is Windows RT as secure as it should be?
Although Windows RT looks a lot like Windows 8, there is one pretty significant difference between the two. While the latter version of the platform is compatible with all the Windows apps and games that are currently available, RT can only run apps that are specifically made for it. For now, Windows RT apps can be downloaded only from the Windows Marketplace, where about 10,000 of them are being offered.

But because of this app distributing model, software made for Windows RT should be more secure and resistant to hacks, right? Well, not exactly. While Microsoft does have a better control over what applications are being published, they aren't that hard to tamper with once they are installed. The proof comes from a developer who managed to hack a game and get extra gold for his character (screenshot below). What makes this hack such a big deal, however, is that all the gold he added actually costs about $100 of real-world currency.

Now, we know that this is just an isolated case, but it does raise some serious questions: are all Windows RT apps vulnerable to hacks? Are they a potentially easy target for software pirates? Well, we'll have to wait and see what the future holds.

source: Microsoft News


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7 Comments

1. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2361; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Let the hacking, begin :-)

2. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

MS should reward hacker...with gold worth $1000 :)

3. denied911

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2012

i edited save game on some android games in text editor so no biggie

4. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

I did it for my old "Baldur's Gate" savegames in Windows, but never tried in Android... Sounds fun! But that should not be a security issue for RT, just for a particular game.

7. tasior

Posts: 265; Member since: Nov 04, 2012

I agree. It's just stupidity of a developer to keep saved game, with resources that should be bought in a text file... Windows has nothing to do with it...

5. sonisoe

Posts: 440; Member since: May 06, 2009

Rt could be msft achilles, 90% of people don't follow tech news, hence don't know that rt isn't a full pc os.. not surprised if people will be disappointed cos they think rt is the same as the normal windows 8 when they buy their devices

6. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

easy peasie just hire the hackers to patch the hacks

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