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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. 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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RE: Patch Tuesday...
By Pirks on 8/30/2006 4:25:50 PM , Rating: -1
The guy said "driver support for x64 still sucks" - he DID NOT say "MICROSOFT driver support for x64 still sucks" - so either be clear or stay silent - there's enough garbage on forums anyway.

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.

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.

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
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