Blu-ray discs now crackable too

Blu-ray discs now crackable too

Summary: The group hacking effort, lead by an anonymous programmer going by the alias "muslix64", claim to have been able to decrypt and play commercial Blu-ray media as well as HD-DVD discs.Yesterday "muslix64" made the following post of the Doom9 forum:In less that 24 hours, without any Blu-Ray equipment, but with the help of Janvitos, I managed to decrypt and play a Blu-Ray media file using my known-plaintext attack...

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The group hacking effort, lead by an anonymous programmer going by the alias "muslix64", claim to have been able to decrypt and play commercial Blu-ray media as well as HD-DVD discs.

Yesterday "muslix64" made the following post of the Doom9 forum:

In less that 24 hours, without any Blu-Ray equipment, but with the help of Janvitos, I managed to decrypt and play a Blu-Ray media file using my known-plaintext attack...

The file from the movie "Lord of war", play well with VideoLan.

Janvitos gave me few files on the BD disc and a memory dump...

Note that I don't address BD+. The file don't seem to be BD+ protected.

I will keep you informed If I found anything new...

The news that Blu-ray media (at least this disc) isn't protected using BD+ is very interesting indeed.  I would imagine that this will change pretty quickly now that a crack is in the wild.

In this post here "muslix64" explains the principal behind the plain-text attack and the pre-alpha version of BackupBluRay v0.01 is announced here.

Things are moving fast.

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  • While it's nice to hear that the hackers are ahead of the curve...

    I'm [b]still[/b] not going to buy any HD disks any time soon, because I just can't justify buying a new HD-capable drive and monitor at the moment. (I'm guessing that I wouldn't need an HDMI connector if the disk has been cracked, and that a DVI connector would work just fine. However, I doubt that my monitor's 20ms response time would do a HD picture any justice.)
    Zogg
    • I hope you write about

      the hackers that screw with your computer as nicely as you did about these low lives.
      No_Ax_to_Grind
      • "Hackers" vs "Crackers"

        You may not understand the distinction, but I do. Besides, none of my machines has been cracked... ;-)

        And there's also the simple matter of "good manners", of course.
        Zogg
      • It's all legal

        Assuming they live anywhere but the US.

        The act of copying can be completely legal so allowing one to do so is acting legitly too. The crime only comes into play when one copies in violation of copyright law. I don't see anywhere in the article that these hackers are doing that but then maybe you have some additional info from elsewhere. If that is the case and you are correct then indeed these types are low life common criminals. If not they they are just technically savy individuals who are exercising thier right under copyright law.
        voska
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          tic swayback
  • Great! I might actually buy some disks now...

    There's maybe ten movies I might like to own on Blu-HD.

    Before:

    Ten disks: $350
    New TV: $2000
    New sound system: $600
    Player: $600
    Total: In the "four grand" ballpark for about 25 hours of entertainment. Not exactly a compelling offer from the MPAA.

    After:
    Ten disks: $350
    Player: $600.
    Total: A hell of a lot cheaper! Maybe worth a look in another six months or so when cheaper PC drives are available.

    n.b. Most of the price difference is down to DRM.
    jinko