I was following this discussion on Doom9 yesterday, where arnezami claims to have found the “processing key” used to decrypt the DRM on all HD DVD and Blu-Ray Disc films.
It looks like this is the real McCoy and the news is starting to get around…
arnezami claims to have found it by simply watching his computer memory, where the secret code simply appeared. So if the code is sitting there in memory, does this even count as a “Hack”?
I think not.
What this means to me is that there never was any real “copy protection” on HD-DVD or Blu-Ray at all. Thus bringing into question whether ACCS is enforceable under the DMCA law.
There is no reverse engineering going on here, the user is simply reading his computers memory for freely available, unencrypted information.
This is more than simply a DRM defeat. It shows that the DRM intended for HD formats was so poorly engineered and flawed that it simply can’t be considered “copy protection” at all.
Hackers discover HD DVD and Blu-ray “processing key” — all HD titles now exposed
Let’s break this down for what it is: instead of needing individual keys for each and every high-definition film — of which there are many — the processing key can be used to unlock, decrypt, and backup every HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc film released so far. As arnezami points out, “nothing was actually hacked, cracked or even reverse engineered.” All he had to do was keep an eye on his memory, watch what changed, and voila…
Blu-Ray AND HD-DVD broken – processing keys extracted
AACS took years to develop, and it has been broken in weeks. The developers spent billions, the hackers spent pennies.
The railroad is coming. The tracks have been laid right through the studio gates. It’s time to get out of the horseshoe business.
UPDATE: SlySoft’s AnyDVD HD available now, Blu-ray beta on the way!
Slysoft officially releases AnyDVD HD
Slysoft has announced the first official release of AnyDVD HD, with support for AACS and HD DVD. In a press release, the company takes pride in offering a product that enables average computer users to take advantage of their “fair use rights” easily.