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HD-DVD & Blu-ray Cracked?

Categories: DRM Arms RaceDRM CircumventionHD-DVD/Blu-ray

Reports are coming in fast and furious that the AACS DRM system used by both HD-DVD and Blu-ray players has been cracked by someone with the codename muslix64. I had reported earlier on a possible brute-force print-screen method of cracking HD-DVD.

This new method seems to rely on a compromised HD-DVD player whereby muslix64 was first able to access the unique decryption keys for particular HD-DVDs. Then using those keys and his java-based BackupHDDVD program, muslix64 was able to implement the AACS decryption protocol as outlined at aacsla.com (the official AACS website) and play it back using standard HD-DVD play-back software (in this case PowerDVD 6.5 HD-DVD). 

Muslix64 says the tool works on his XBOX 360 external HD DVD player, but that the software would not be limited to just one specific player.

It is unlikely that this will become the HD-DVD/Blue-ray equivalent of DeCSS, however, because it does not provide a universal method of decrypting HD-DVD/Blu-ray disks. Nonetheless, even if this is only usable by the most dedicated of hackers, once a decrypted HD-DVD/Blu-ray title is out on the wild and wooly Internet, it would be freely copied by the P2P community.  As the recording industry knows too well, it only takes one decrypted copy for the file to spread around the Internet like wildfire.

Whatever its future, DVD Jon is smiling somewhere.

Sources: ars technica | New York Times | Doom9 Forum (original announcement) | Gizmodo | DailyTech | idm.net | ZDNet Blogs | bit-tech.net | Engadget | Hexus | Inquirer | EDN | PC World

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    This is just sad. I have been searching for more information about BluRay and HDDVD, but I came across your post and became a little depressed. I liked the information, but why are people always looking for an angle to make money the “easy” way. It's never easy! Anyway, I have an XBOX and Wii and now I am worried about it. Either way, nice post. I am going to RSS. I like your info.

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    Thanks for the kind words Dallis. If you want to RSS me, I suggest you do that in my http://www.daleisphere.com blog because I have, at least for now, abandoned this iMedia Law blog.

    Cheers.

  • http://www.MediaMetropolis.com Dallis

    This is just sad. I have been searching for more information about BluRay and HDDVD, but I came across your post and became a little depressed. I liked the information, but why are people always looking for an angle to make money the “easy” way. It's never easy! Anyway, I have an XBOX and Wii and now I am worried about it. Either way, nice post. I am going to RSS. I like your info.

  • http://www.daleisphere.com Dale Dietrich

    Thanks for the kind words Dallis. If you want to RSS me, I suggest you do that in my http://www.daleisphere.com blog because I have, at least for now, abandoned this iMedia Law blog.

    Cheers.

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  • http://www.daleisphere.com Dale Dietrich

    Is it ethical for content owners to lock the content you purchased to a single device or form factor. When the next gee-whiz player comes out and you want to view your content on it, but can't, is that fair. If you want to copy content YOU purchased onto a home media server for ease of access to your content throught your home without the need for disk flipping, but can't, is that fair. If you want to watch your Blu-Ray on an analogue HD TV that doesn't have an HDMI connector, but can't, is that fair. There are a lot of reasons why people crack DVD's and Blu-rays to give the consumer the ability to do reasonable things that they want to do with content they paid for.

    …Dale

  • http://www.daleisphere.com Dale Dietrich

    Is it ethical for content owners to lock the content you purchased to a single device or form factor. When the next gee-whiz player comes out and you want to view your content on it, but can’t, is that fair. If you want to copy content YOU purchased onto a home media server for ease of access to your content throught your home without the need for disk flipping, but can’t, is that fair. If you want to watch your Blu-Ray on an analogue HD TV that doesn’t have an HDMI connector, but can’t, is that fair. There are a lot of reasons why people crack DVD’s and Blu-rays to give the consumer the ability to do reasonable things that they want to do with content they paid for.nn…Dale