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Blu-ray BD+ completedly defeated

The mood over at Slysoft is that of exuberance, as it announced version 6.4.0.0 of its AnyDVD HD product. With this version, it is now possible to make complete backup security copies of all Blu-ray discs.

The mood over at Slysoft is that of exuberance, as it announced version 6.4.0.0 of its AnyDVD HD product last week. With this version, it is now possible to make full copies of all Blu-ray discs with impunity.

Already in November 2007, a beta of AnyDVD HD was available that was able to bypass BD+ on some Blu-ray titles. Now, it appears that the entire Blue-ray protection scheme was thrown completely open as early as late last year.

Wrote Peer van Heuen, head of High-Definition technologies at SlySoft in the press release:

"Admittedly, we are not really so fast with this because actually we had intended to publish this release already in December as promised. However, it was decided for strategic reasons to wait a bit for the outcome of the "format war" between HD DVD and Blu-ray. On top of that, we first wanted to see our assumptions confirmed about the in the meantime released BD+ titles regarding the BD+ Virtual Machine."

The press release basically had Slysoft thumbing its nose at Richard Doherty of the Envisioneering Group, who wrote in July 2007 that: "BD+, unlike AACS which suffered a partial hack last year, won't likely be breached for 10 years."

Couldn't the BD+ protection scheme be tightened up with new encryption keys? That might be so, but van Heuen is not worried. He told Ars that "cracking updates will take significantly less time than the basic work we did the last 3 months (which was figuring out how BD+ works, since it is not documented in public)."

If you were holding back on buying Blue-ray titles due to worries that you wouldn't be able to make your own backups, I suppose your concerns are no longer valid.

Will you buy into Blue-ray now that it has been cracked?

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Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.

10 comments
tomo011
tomo011

sonner or later this was going to happen. I guess it happened sooner than we thought!

yellow911
yellow911

i may just be a cranky and paranoid old fart, but i will NOT purchase a product in ANY way associated with the sony corp, exactly because of that root-kit business. it may come to pass that other corporations try on the same rubbish ( like cameras in set top boxes). if so, i will apply the same criteria to them. should it come to pass that ALL digital products encompass this kind of snide and sneaky rubbish, then i retire from the digital life and go fishing. thank you.

Dumphrey
Dumphrey

to Bruce Schneier's blog on Vista DRM. http://www.schneier.com/essay-157.html Any DRM of this type on a computer based player is crackable, since they key has to be known and used to decode the content. The hash or key can be captured and used.

JCitizen
JCitizen

It doesn't take much to get me put off; if DRM gets in my face too much I may not buy. I see more positive things about HD-DVD; plus I'm still not getting over the bad taste in my mouth over Sony's root kit fiasco. I got a memory like an elephant over that one!

paulmah
paulmah

Will you buy into Blue-ray now that it has been cracked?

Dr Dij
Dr Dij

who doesn't backup their movie disks. Since they are cheap I don't. I don't know anyone who does. Nice that we could now tho.

DadsPad
DadsPad

Meanwhile the DVD I get are very satisfactory. When I go to the store, I just do not see a large enough difference between BlueRay and good DVDs. Could change my mind in the future, depending on many factors.

hkommedal
hkommedal

copyright laws in just about every country that has copyright laws. The CONSISTANTLY deny 'fair use'. The customers HAVE the right to watch/listen to what they have bought, anywhere in their house, anytime of their own choosing, and a free choice of OS /player. The whole DRM is based on LIES !

RFink
RFink

The game's afoot. New ecryption scheme, new cracks. When the time comes I will upgrade to Blu-ray but as long as regular DVDs are available I'll wait.

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