Researcher Took Control of Microsoft's Live Tile Service, Defacement PoC Demoed

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Microsoft has recently lost control of the subdomain used to deliver content to Windows Live Tiles (also known as Windows Start Screen tiles), as discovered by journalist and security researcher Hanno Böck.

The Live Tiles which were initially introduced in Windows 8 receive new content updates from the with the help of RSS feeds.

As the researcher explains, “With a special XML-based file format, web pages can control the content of the tiles; for example, they can show the latest news. To make it easier for web pages to provide this function, Microsoft ran a service that automatically converted RSS feeds into that special XML format.”

Windows Live Tiles notification feeds on

Böck was able to take control of


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