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Windows Media DRM cracked once again

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 16 Jul 2007 14:56 User comments (35)

Windows Media DRM cracked once again On Friday, hackers cracked the latest DRM protection created by Microsoft for use on its Windows Media Files.
In August 2006, a hacker by the name of "viodentia" released a program called FairUse4WM which could strip the DRM from Windows Media Files (both audio and video) allowing the downloader to play the file wherever they choose. The files could also then be converted to the format of their choice.

Microsoft then had a problem because in theory, users could sign up for one month of Napster, download one million tracks, and then strip the DRM from the downloaded tracks, leaving them with endless amounts of music for the cheap price of a one month subscription.

Microsoft then issued a patch for Windows Media and filed a lawsuit against the hackers. In the lawsuit, Microsoft claimed the hackers stole Microsoft source code to help in creating the program, but viodentia denied the allegations.

"FairUse4WM has been my own creation, and has never involved Microsoft source code. I link with Microsoft's static libraries provided with the compiler and various platform SDK files,"
the individual said.

The lawsuit was dropped in April because Microsoft could not discover the identity of viodentia or the others but no other cracks or programs had been released since then. With the latest update, Microsoft must once again issue a new patch.

The new crack, posted by a user called "Divine Tao", should uncover "the keys from Microsoft's newest Individualized Blackbox components used in its DRM." The keys are then used with the current FairUse4WM program to strip the DRM from the media.

Hundreds of responses have poured in since the release and many have said the crack works on movie downloads from Vongo, music downloads from Ruckus and Urge as well as songs downloaded via the Zune. To make matters worse for Microsoft, the new crack is compatible with Vista.

"This works fine for me with the very latest version of WMP on both XP and Vista along with both Urge and Ruckus,"
one user replied.

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35 user comments

116.7.2007 15:21
armorthis
Inactive

microsoft = owned

216.7.2007 15:22

looks like apple + itunes is still on top. =] "if ur not fair, we will steal music.. but if ur fair... we will purchase it making it number one music download service"

316.7.2007 15:29

I am amazed that no one has created (and maybe they have and I just don't know about it) a crack for the DRM used in iGarbage, I mean iTunes, with the millions of downloaded songs I would expect someone to figure out how to remove its "real" DRM or the DRM that comes with the "DRM-Free" tracks that contain your name and email address.

Its probably only a matter of time.

Peace

416.7.2007 15:32

actually itunes been cracked for a while.. but why buy a song and then crack it?.. napster you can download unlimited songs. and then crack it. all for 15 dollars... basically the only reason you would want to crack an itunes song. is to share it online. which there are better ways of obtaining music.

516.7.2007 16:33

15 bucks?! Pshaw..

My 15 goes to my premium usenet account and not only do I get music..but blu-ray stuff.

616.7.2007 17:03

Originally posted by Pop_Smith:
I am amazed that no one has created (and maybe they have and I just don't know about it) a crack for the DRM used in iGarbage, I mean iTunes, with the millions of downloaded songs I would expect someone to figure out how to remove its "real" DRM or the DRM that comes with the "DRM-Free" tracks that contain your name and email address.

Its probably only a matter of time.

Peace
An easy crack is to burn the tracks to a cd, then using itunes, rip them back to mp3.

716.7.2007 17:06

actually thats a waste of a CD.

816.7.2007 17:07

Originally posted by lxfactor:
actually thats a waste of a CD.
LOL, 30 cents down the drain, boo hoo :P

916.7.2007 17:09

you can burn it to a image file.. and mount it with daemon tools. and rip it like that.. waste 0 cents.. =] not every one is rich.

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1016.7.2007 17:17

Yeah, but MP3's are garbage. I've been using fu4wm for awhile now and it works perfectly, however, if you have upgrade to WMP 11 or updated your software, the so called IBX (Black Box Keys) cannot be read by fu4wm and thus, you cannot crack the .WMA file. However, this new program is a stand alone and will generate the blackbox key and put it into the file that fu4wm reads your key from, which unlocks the .WMA file. Previously, fu4wm did not work on Vista, because you could not downgrade or use an older version of WMP (like version 10) however, since the new app gets the key, that is no longer a worry!

1116.7.2007 17:23

Originally posted by lxfactor:
you can burn it to a image file.. and mount it with daemon tools. and rip it like that.. waste 0 cents.. =] not every one is rich.
No I agree your way is just as good, but i wouldnt call the other way a "waste" :)

1216.7.2007 17:59

actually the easiest way is to use the program described in the article. this doesnt seem like news to me. this has been out for quite a while.

i did this with napster and fairuse4wm about 8 months ago.

1316.7.2007 18:11

Originally posted by jetyi83:
actually the easiest way is to use the program described in the article. this doesnt seem like news to me. this has been out for quite a while.

i did this with napster and fairuse4wm about 8 months ago.
the original fairuse4wm does not work with vista or wmp11, this is brand new news.

1416.7.2007 18:59
WierdName
Inactive

*leans back in content*
"Sweet"

1516.7.2007 19:14

ok itunes drm has been cracked, if the computer is on the original liscensed computer. google jhymn and youll see what i mean. but seriously itunes songs suck as far as quality concerns, so i dont know why you even bother...

1616.7.2007 19:53

In related news, I have traveled six months into the future and learned that Microsoft's patch for this has been cracked. To save time, I just kept checking, and sure enough, anything they came up with, somebody beat. And yet, they...still...STILL...don't get it. By the time they come up with uncrackable encryption, everybody has flippers where their ears used to be and compound eyes that can't really make out movies, anyway. Just sayin.'

1716.7.2007 20:58
theridges
Inactive

who actually buy's music offline?
i have bought a couple of cd's in the past year but never online.....
if i get music online im not even thinking money.

1816.7.2007 21:49

same ere i never buy music online nor in the shops.
why pay when its free?

1916.7.2007 22:54
cousinkix
Inactive

Napster was busted because they provided other people with the way to steal copyrighted music for free. Usenet does the same thing and they also charge for their service. So why haven't the record companies and movie studios shut them down?

Meanwhile, rock musician Bob Weir makes a new career of 8itching about people downloading his music. He doesn't complain about the thieves who sell pirated Grateful Dead CDs and DVDs on EBAY to the highest bidders.

Making dirty money, from somebody else's copyrighted materials is the ultimate crime committed here. Not much happens until they start peddling bootleg software...

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2017.7.2007 4:18

You do realize when you burn to a CD, and then rip the songs to MP3, you're losing even more quality than just ripping the original CD to MP3 (which is worse quality than AAC or WMA you can find on Napster, Yahoo, iTunes, etc.)

In defense of getting music online, if you stick with one service, you will get music that's typically the same quality, tagged properly, etc. The added bonus is not sending traffic through P2P networks which can get you a nice letter from the RIAA.

The idea here is that you buy the song and then break the DRM. However, the same DRM scheme is used on "subscription" tracks, which can be downloaded an unlimited amount of times. The tracks typically play for the length of your subscription. If you don't renew, your songs are gone. fu4wm breaks the DRM so you can use them forever. My guess is most people would go this route instead of paying .99 cents per song, they can get thousands for $10 in one month. Essentially all of the files you "purchase" are now "yours" and can be transferred to any device, format, or CD.

The new program "mirakagi" was posted by Divine Tao on Doom9 forums last Friday, allowing the keys to be made available for Vista, and also allows the Zune files to be broken.

2117.7.2007 7:21
hughjars
Inactive

Windows Media DRM cracked once again

- Hooray!

2217.7.2007 8:31

Originally posted by iwillgetu:
same ere i never buy music online nor in the shops.
why pay when its free?
because if you don't buy it, how can the artist continue doing what they do? They need to keep updating their software / hardware / Gear, w/o funds from selling the tracks, you're basically kicking them in their teeth.

2317.7.2007 11:54

HAH!

2417.7.2007 12:59

how come there are sooo many posts armorthis said it all.

2517.7.2007 15:26
AXT
Inactive

it does work! However, i will not use it because the music of online stores is of crap quality. And not to mention the quality gets degraded even more if you want to convert WMA --> MP3.

2617.7.2007 15:37
xhardc0re
Inactive

Originally posted by armorthis:
microsoft = owned

yes!!! quote of the century

/goes to r*pe online music stores of Win-DRM music, with a free 1mo sub to boot. hahah

2717.7.2007 16:31

Originally posted by AXT:
it does work! However, i will not use it because the music of online stores is of crap quality. And not to mention the quality gets degraded even more if you want to convert WMA --> MP3.
You don't have to convert it to MP3. You merely remove the DRM and it stays wma format.

2817.7.2007 17:04

Originally posted by lxfactor:
actually thats a waste of a CD.
Get to know cd-rw. They are your friend.

2917.7.2007 18:13

I love this. All I have to say is well done :)

3017.7.2007 18:23

HAHA... I need to get an automative message poster... so I can message "hahah" in every post that something like this happens...

3117.7.2007 18:42
AXT
Inactive

Quote:
Originally posted by armorthis:
microsoft = owned

yes!!! quote of the century

/goes to r*pe online music stores of Win-DRM music, with a free 1mo sub to boot. hahah
I know, but i don't like WMA since i use itunes as my music organizer and music tagger. however, i do not convert with itunes.

3218.7.2007 0:17

Quote:
Originally posted by lxfactor:
actually thats a waste of a CD.
Get to know cd-rw. They are your friend.
Actually wouldnt he be better off getting to know something like the winamp disk writer output plugin or to just simply to record of the stereo mix of the card as he plays it in wma.

However if you use the winamp disk writer u can write it directly into mp3.

And when transcoding audio its best to pick a target bit rate higher than the source, so if wma is 128kbps make a 160 - 192 mp3 conversion. That way you will hold onto a little more of the sound, instead of losing it all in the two conversions.

But to be honest with the drm gone, why not just leave it as wma, most things play both.
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3318.7.2007 6:03

With the resulting "unprotected" WMA file, I see no reason to convert, other than if you use an iPod. MP3 files do not have nearly the same quality as a WMA or AAC file, even if you rip from a CD. The only exception is to use a higher bit rate, which results in a larger file, thus your MP3 player holds less songs.

3418.7.2007 17:02
WierdName
Inactive

Works great. Now to de-DRM the music on the phone so it doesn't have to be activated every month by Napster for the to-go service.

3520.7.2007 9:18

I saw today my comp trying to install a Windows Media Audio codec. Do you this is what that is addressing?



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