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Hacks   - 07/27/2006

Hacking Digital Rights Management

A two-page tutorial over DRM and... hacking.

Like it or not, DRM has become a fact of life in the 21st century. Ars takes a look at some of the more noteworthy hacks of the past several years and what the future might hold as Blu-ray and HD DVD take hold.

About Apple's FairPlay:

FairPlay

The FairPlay system, despite the professional effort that went into it, turned out to be surprisingly hackable, given Apple's reputation for robustness and general platform security. When Apple decided to take a bite out of the digital music market several years ago, it marshaled its internal technical resources to develop a home-grown DRM scheme dubbed FairPlay. By the middle of 2004, the encryption scheme had been cracked more times than a toppled Humpty Dumpty. Jon Johansen, the Norwegian hacker partly responsible for cracking the encryption on DVDs (see below), released the primitive QTFairUse, which attempted to bypass (rather than break) the FairPlay encryption. QTFairUse relied on Apple's software to decrypt the protected song files and then grabbed the unencrypted music from RAM. It then wrote this data to an unencrypted AAC file that turned out not be readable by most music players.


Read more... at your own risk!

Source: Ars Technica    
 
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