Microsoft didn't comment, saying Vupen hadn't shared details of the exploit, which makes sense since Vupen's business model is to sell the exploits it discovers to government agencies, businesses and the like.
Here's the explanation CSO offered about how Vupen broke Windows 8 security: "The exploit-mitigation technologies Vupen claimed to bypass were HiASLR (high-entropy Address Space Layout Randomization), AntiROP (anti-Return Oriented Programming), DEP (data execution prevention) and the IE 10 Protected Mode sandbox."
Despite this possible exploitation of Windows 8, the new operating system has a host of security improvements over its predecessors that make it a better security bet, experts say.
For what it's worth, Oprah Winfrey says she likes Surface RT well enough to place it on her annual Favorite Things list. She says she likes the kickstand, the keyboard, the inclusion of Skype and the weight of the device.
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