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In yo' app catalog, cracking yo' apps!   (Source: WPCentral via YouTube)
Apparently Microsoft "ironclad" piracy protections aren't really that strong

Thus far the Windows Phone 7 platform hasn't reportedly been suffering as severely from piracy as Apple's iOS or Google's Android.  However, Microsoft may be in for a similar fate as its competitors.

In six hours, a developer advising technical blog site WPCentral was able to create an app (named "FreeMarketPlace") that downloaded any app from Microsoft's WP7 Marketplace, and removed the protections from it [video].  The cracked app could then be directly loaded on an unlocked handset, or be saved to your hard drive.

WPCentral was ardent that it would not publish details of how the hack worked, and that it only made the video as a cry to action for Microsoft.  The site comments, "We are confident Microsoft will work hard to implement a stronger DRM system, in part due to this proof-of-concept demonstration."

The site had previously laid out a plan of attack for cracking Microsoft's DRM scheme, writing that the necessary steps were to:

  • Download all the apps from the Marketplace: done (or can be done)
  • Seed those apps in a torrent for peer to peer distribution
  • Circumvent the 10 sideload app limit: done (see here)
  • Enable a disabled app: tricky, but can be done, no method to do it en masse
  • Get around code obfuscation (not mentioned by V@l€n, we'll do it for him)
  • Remove XAP security signature: needs work

That report came following the post of a white paper detailing the initial steps on the XDA site (a resource for Microsoft developers) by hacker named V@l€n.  

Keep in mind, however, without security protections properly in place, pirate programs may be unexpectedly modified to contain trojans or other malware.  

Modified apps distributed via third-party apps stores were identified this week as creating a growing Android phone botnet in China.  Thus when WP7's DRM is eventually cracked in full, beware if you're downloading pirated apps with your phone.

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I worry....
By damianrobertjones on 12/31/2010 9:44:54 AM , Rating: 0
..For Microsoft.

When a person comes to me with their pc, all infected and messed up due to their need to download crapware, illegal games, crummy applications and of course, dirty, dirty, filthy dirty pron, (not to be confused with simple dirty porn) who gets the blame?

Microsoft. It doesn't matter that nearly everyone in the world is running as full admin, or that they could easily learn to protect their computer, but then again, average Joe cannot be bothered with that as they'd prefer to put the blame at Microsofts door (Heck, see the UAC Vista stupidity, with half the net shouting, "Turn it off".)

These said same people then buy macs and proclaim how magical they are and how easy it is to empty the trash can, but not so easy to re-size a window unless you always want to resize from the bottom right.

Now, we have people cracking the living heck out of phones, so plebs can save £1.50 per game, who then spend £450 on the device itself. Madness. The people that make these things DESERVE our cash and if they don't, then damn well don't buy.

Not sure what the point of my rant is but I feel soooooooOoo much better :)

Oh yeah, I worry for MS, because when MS phones start getting infected to heck, they will be dropped in an instant.

"Google fired a shot heard 'round the world, and now a second American company has answered the call to defend the rights of the Chinese people." -- Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-N.J.)
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