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Windows Phone 8.1 reportedly closes ‘Fiddler loophole’ for installed OEM exclusive apps

Windows Phone 8.1 reportedly closes ‘Fiddler loophole’ for installed OEM exclusive apps

This is one of those Windows Phone 8.1 changes that will only affect like 0.1% of you, though it’s still interesting if you’re into security and what may be best described as piracy. Last summer, we ran a controversial story about how to install OEM exclusive apps to your Windows Phone. Those apps are always ‘free’ though they are in theory subsidized by your purchase of that OEM’s...

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Attempting a better secured app in the Windows Phone Marketplace - a follow up [Developers]

Attempting a better secured app in the Windows Phone Marketplace - a follow up [Developers]

A day later after we posted the "proof of concept" (PoC) video demonstrating how easy it is to defeat Windows Phone app protection, the discussion is starting to head into another direction: from criticism to potential solution. FreeMarketplace may only be 65.5kb in size (seriously), but its ability to freely circumvent the weak DRM of all 4k+ paid apps in the Marketplace with a single...

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Microsoft has a Genuine Software checker for Windows Phone 7; complicates custom ROMs

Microsoft has a Genuine Software checker for Windows Phone 7; complicates custom ROMs

Although there have been reports of people porting over WP7 to the HTC HD2 and some chatter of people being able to make ROMs  (though not load them), there may yet be one final hurdle that could be very difficult to overcome: PVK. PVK are the private keys Microsoft evidently uses to sign off on the OS that is also tied to the hardware. Specifically, some aspect of the OS looks for and...

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