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Although the update is not yet widely available

In a response to an application that was originally reported to allow users to strip DRM encoding from Windows Media files, Microsoft has quickly issued a patch that circumvents the utility. Engadget.com originally reported on a small utility called FairUse4WM able to remove DRM information from WMA files to allow playback on any device. 

The new update from Microsoft updates the individualized blackbox component (IBX) that exists in PlayForSure. The update was released on Monday and content service providers received an email from Microsoft advising to install the update. According to the Microsoft's email:

In response, on August 28, 2006, Microsoft released an update to the individualized blackbox component (IBX) designed to ensure that client applications using the Windows Media Format SDK version 9.5 who individualize to this latest version are robust against a new circumvention tool.

Consumers are not at risk in any way. Content services can require that the updates be present in order to issue licenses by following the instructions below. Please note that the version number of IBX was not incremented as part of these updates to avoid delaying the release of these critical breach mitigations. Consequently, the only way to determine if the update is installed is to query the build number of the IBX. This requires code executing on the client.

As of now, the update is not available for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 UR2 users or for the Windows Media Format 9 series FSDK. What's interesting however is that it only took Microsoft a mere three days to issue the DRM fix. Clearly protecting media content is in Microsoft's best interests -- it's highly publicized Zune portable media player is coming.



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Patch Tuesday...
By kattanna on 8/29/2006 5:09:30 PM , Rating: 5
what..we can have holes so people can remotely access a system left until the next opatch tuesday..but heaven forbid if a few people are watching a cracked movie or such..patch..patch NOW..






RE: Patch Tuesday...
By quiksilv3r on 8/29/2006 5:13:47 PM , Rating: 2
I guess it's a matter of Microsoft trying to keep it's deals with record companies in check. To them, they can release the patch for windows themselves, no problem, it's their stuff. But they have to protect the stuff that they're given to distribute, since it's not theirs.


RE: Patch Tuesday...
By Teletran1 on 8/29/2006 5:40:46 PM , Rating: 5
These companies save thier own asses, not yours. Stopping people from being able to copy something that they most likely paid for is much more important than keeping my computer safe from attack. Thanks for clearing that up for us MS. I'll remember this on Jan 30th.


RE: Patch Tuesday...
By creathir on 8/29/2006 5:49:03 PM , Rating: 2
Today is Tuesday though...?
;)
- Creathir


RE: Patch Tuesday...
By Teletran1 on 8/29/2006 6:11:35 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Today is Tuesday though...?
;)
- Creathir


I wasn't responding to the tuesday deal. It's more about the speed at which this was patched. This was reported upon on engadget 4 days ago. How long did it take them to fix that SP2 Hibernation issue with laptops? Driver support for x64 still sucks. Yet they fix this in less than 4 days. What a joke.


RE: Patch Tuesday...
By Pirks on 8/29/2006 8:10:32 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Driver support for x64 still sucks
People who blame MS for the lack of hardware drivers suck too :P


RE: Patch Tuesday...
By Teletran1 on 8/30/2006 11:33:43 AM , Rating: 2
PSST....Microsoft makes hardware too. Its funny that they dont support all of it properly in x64. Either get off your high horse or out of your moms basement.


RE: Patch Tuesday...
By Pirks on 8/30/06, Rating: -1
RE: Patch Tuesday...
By Teletran1 on 8/30/2006 5:40:03 PM , Rating: 2
I said it sucks. I am now responding to your badgering. Sorry I have to be word everything so perfectly so let me word this precisely.

quote:
People who blame MS for the lack of hardware drivers suck too :P


Why personally attack someone for complaining about MS driver support and not being as clear as your godly expectations? Are you Bill Gates or the engineer that is responsible for X64 driver support? If you are I apologize from the bottom of my heart.

quote:
so either be clear or stay silent - there's enough garbage on forums anyway.



Take your own and advice and stay silent. Especially after you go on to complain that there's enough garbage on forums anyway? What exactly wasn't garbage about your initial response?

See how fun it is to quote sentence fragments and complain about them. Yeah, look at me I am anonymous on the internet. </Garbage>


RE: Patch Tuesday...
By Pirks on 8/30/06, Rating: -1
RE: Patch Tuesday...
By latrosicarius on 8/29/2006 6:34:00 PM , Rating: 3
Yeah, it's great to know that MS will wait 2 weeks to fix real security problems for their customers, like the metafile fiasco a few months back, and they had a 3rd-party come out with a fix before they did.........

... yet, god forbid they allow someone to get fair use out of their own CDs by porting it to MP3 player or hard drive, etc.


RE: Patch Tuesday...
By kristof007 on 8/30/2006 3:31:25 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
by kattanna on August 29, 2006 at 5:09 PM

what..we can have holes so people can remotely access a system left until the next opatch tuesday..but heaven forbid if a few people are watching a cracked movie or such..patch..patch NOW..


That's just too funny. Way to put it!


Fair Use
By jimmy43 on 8/29/2006 5:13:06 PM , Rating: 2
I absolutely love the fact that this little program is called FairUse4WM, because in essence, it exposes the fact that this patch is really exclusively distributed to take away people's fair use rights. Who in their right mind would apply this patch anyways?




RE: Fair Use
By wrack on 8/29/2006 5:46:16 PM , Rating: 2
They will just mark it as critical and u will have to.


RE: Fair Use
By marvdmartian on 8/30/2006 9:23:12 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
They will just mark it as critical and u will have to.

Um, NO. Not unless you're one of those sheeple that defaults windows update to download and install updates automatically.

I personally allow WU to notify me of updates, but then I decide which ones I will download and install. In windows XP, it's not all that difficult to set it up that way. And then the only thing you deal with is the occasional nag from WU that you haven't installed that specific "critical" update.


RE: Fair Use
By kkwst2 on 8/29/2006 6:20:25 PM , Rating: 2
You will if you use the content services that require it. If I'm reading this correctly, they're encouraging the content providers to limit access to their media to people who have applied the patch. So if you want their content, you'll apply the patch.


RE: Fair Use
By Lazarus Dark on 8/30/2006 12:35:57 AM , Rating: 2
maybe i don't know how this works but couldn't you just copy those drm'd files over to a nonpatched computer and then strip the drm and tranfer it back? then you could still use your urge or whatever, download songs, and they wouldn't know what you were doing on another computer?


RE: Fair Use
By drxploder on 8/30/2006 9:05:21 AM , Rating: 2
I'm going to see how long I can get away without the patch.
I've been using napster for a long time and I just "liberate" my files every now and then. I just tested it and it works great. Now if only this thing could do batches, it'd be perfect.


RE: Fair Use
By drxploder on 8/30/2006 8:25:54 PM , Rating: 2
stupid me, it does do batches.


Not that this wasn't expected...
By bigboxes on 8/29/2006 5:44:03 PM , Rating: 2
And how long do you think it will be before this is cracked?? All your WMV belong to us. :p




RE: Not that this wasn't expected...
By Xavian on 8/29/2006 5:56:00 PM , Rating: 2
indeed, wasn't Janus (the name of the DRM Microsoft uses) uncrackable? well it seems like that idea was blown out of the water :P


RE: Not that this wasn't expected...
By Burning Bridges on 8/29/2006 6:19:37 PM , Rating: 2
Interestingly, Janus is also the name of the Video Rental shop in my town.

And I know which one gives better customer service!


By drxploder on 8/30/2006 9:10:37 AM , Rating: 2
I have a theory that the first crack is always the hardest. (not based off any real hacking knowledge, but anyway) I think that breaking the protection will become easier and more efficient as the programmer gets used to hacking the protection schemes.


nothing new
By Lonearchon on 8/30/2006 8:18:03 AM , Rating: 2
There been a way to remove the protection for a while just it was not user friendly. With this software it click click and your done. the other way involued using multiple programs. So the hole was there before but it was not as easy to take advantage of until this bit of software came out. Also I think MS is updating software on the distro side to create file with out the work around in it




RE: nothing new
By drxploder on 8/30/2006 9:15:12 AM , Rating: 3
I used a program which recorded the sound over line out or in and intercepted the id3 tag info from wmp. Not loseless and kinda annoying, if any sound played during the song, it'd be recorded in the new one.


Had to
By Fnoob on 8/29/2006 8:29:57 PM , Rating: 2
Because it would sure suck if they just, um, ignorned that...




who cares
By hughlle on 8/29/2006 10:02:09 PM , Rating: 1
just install a "cheap" copy of windows and M$ wont let you update it with the patch :D either that or you just whack the drive into a linux box and you're away :)

p.s. last time i checked i wan't a robot




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