As a long long time WinMo user, I have been pretty excited about the new Windows 7 series phone OS. I was using and making my own Custom ROM’s since Windows Mobile 6.1, and have been very curious as to which genius coder would step up and hack WinMo 7 series and get us access to the core of the system, and that has happened!
Australian developer Chris Walshie was able to get inside the new phone OS, and able to prove a method to run unmanged code on a new Samsung Windows 7 phone. What does this mean you ask? It means that he has been able to find an exploit in a dll file on the phone and he says should be able to edit a xml that can get access to the phones radio and root of system files.
Istartedsomething blog described the events:
Upon closer inspection, he documented some interesting characteristics of the application that gave it its native capabilities –most notably a DLL called “Microsoft.Phone.InteropServices”, which if poked the right way provided COM access.
Building upon this, Chris was able to successfully code and deploy a valid WP7 application using the developer sideloading process to a Windows Phone 7 device that inherited the ability to run unmanaged code.
Even though this breakthrough pretty much provides root access to the core of the Windows CE-based system including registry and file system necessary for future jailbroken applications, the last and major piece of the jailbreaking puzzle remains –sideloading an application on a common non-developer device, since such an app would never make it through marketplace certification.
So look out folks, this is just the beginning. There are some brilliant minds in the WinMo hacking community, and we are sure to see some amazing themes and ROM’s down the road. You have to remember, a large portion of the Developers/Geniuses in the Android Community came from Windows Mobile……so the future looks bright for WinMo hacking fans.
Category: Mobile News
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