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Microsoft WMA DRM cracked?

By Jetifi in MLP
Sat Oct 20, 2001 at 02:21:33 PM EST
Tags: Music (all tags)

A load of source code and a binary was recently posted to sci.crypt. The pseudo-anonymous poster claims to have broken the Digital Rights Management on Windows Media Audio version 2. The whole thing is mirrored on cryptome.

Now, I did the stupid thing and ran the untrusted executable on my laptop against Microsoft's demonstrations (I tried the counted play license). Needless to say, it choked. The source is available; apparently a Win32 version of the OpenSSL package/crypto library is needed to compile it.

Can anyone verify that the program was compiled from the source provided? Has managed to use the program successfully?


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I have...
o no idea what you're talking about 8%
o not bothered to look 69%
o run the executable, and it works 0%
o run the executable, and it doesn't work 2%
o compiled it, and it doesn't work 0%
o compiled it, and it works 2%
o tried to compile it, but the source code is broken. 0%
o h4x0red micro$oft with my l33t p0w3rs. ph33r! 17%

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Microsoft WMA DRM cracked? | 11 comments (5 topical, 6 editorial, 0 hidden)
Reply (2.66 / 6) (#6)
by Signal 11 on Fri Oct 19, 2001 at 05:56:21 PM EST

In response to this user's comments...

Me thinks that the Kuro5hin readership might look at taking matters of software piracy into their own hands, as a form of protest - the government obviously has not been able to protect the rights of the citizens, hence it seems logical that the only remaining course of action is to attack their bottom line directly, by cracking and distributing as much Microsoft software a possible. I have noticed that, in general, Microsoft products tend to be at the top of the hit-list of warez pups - after that, the availability of software follows popularity and cost of purchasing said software. The underground is, in fact, very much controlled by economic principles. Microsoft seems to be one of the few targets that generates substantial cracking on the basis of political motives.

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Explaining my rating (5.00 / 1) (#10)
by caine on Sat Oct 20, 2001 at 11:17:42 AM EST

If you're gonna post a reply, do it as a reply, that's what it's there for. Posting it as a stand-alone comment just so it gets more noticed is rather silly, and disrupts the whole thread structure.


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Editorial vs. Topical (none / 0) (#11)
by vectro on Mon Oct 29, 2001 at 01:03:35 AM EST

Well, except that the parent was an editorial message, which means its hidden. So it's a question of getting noticed at all, rather than just getting more notice.

I don't think Siggy did anything wrong.

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It's DRM VERSION TWO - not version 1 (5.00 / 1) (#7)
by greenrd on Fri Oct 19, 2001 at 06:05:44 PM EST

This only works on MS DRM version 2, not version 1. Hardly anyone is using v2 yet.

(At least that's what I heard on /.)

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Whoops... (none / 0) (#8)
by Jetifi on Fri Oct 19, 2001 at 06:44:09 PM EST

You're right, it's WMA v2. My bad.

I still haven't heard from anyone that the thing actually works outside of here, and the ever-reliable ACs :-)

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