According to Azure CTO Mark Russinovich, the most recent Windows 11 Insider Preview build is the first to include the memory-safe programming language Rust. Thurrott reports: “If you’re on the Win11 Insider ring, you’re getting the first taste of Rust in the Windows kernel,” Russinovich tweeted last night. It’s not clear which Insider channel he is referring to, however.
Regardless, that that was quick: Microsoft only went public with its plans to replace parts of the Windows kernel with Rust code in mid-April at its BlueHat IL 2023 security conference in Israel. At that event, Microsoft vice president David Weston said that “we’re using Rust on the operating system along with other constructs” as part of an “aggressive and meaningful pursuit of memory safety,” a key source of exploits. And it’s not just the Windows kernel. Microsoft is bringing Rust to its Pluton security processor as well.
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