That's a good way to put it Robert. It is a little hard to discern what Alex
is doing based on the post, but from what I can tell, I would say this does
not represent some fundamental security breach for the following reasons:
1. What he is doing can only be done by someone with admin privilege already
2. It does not give the user access to anything that he did not already have
If the tool works the way he says all it does is lie to applications trying
to enforce the copy "protection" that the media companies made Microsoft put
in. Anyone who thinks that you can enforce any form of copy protection in
software must not have been paying attention for the past 30 years or so.
Copy protection in software has never worked, and never will work. Software,
by its very definition, runs in an environment that the person you are trying
to protect against - the rightful owner of a movie disk and assorted bad guys
trying to circumvent copyright laws - has full access to. Copy protection in
software is a waste of time. Any demonstration of that fact is only that - a
demonstration of how futile copy protection is, not any demonstration of
fundamental security flaws in whatever product contains the copy protection.
"Robert Moir" wrote:
> EU XP user wrote:
> > As you may already know,
> > Alex Ionescu's has found a way to bypass Windows Vista driver signing:
> > http://www.alex-ionescu.com/?p=24
> > - also called Vista's Protected Media Path DRM
> > (the Vista DRM that prevents you from watching "premium" content and
> > HD material on regular PC screens with non-HDCP inputs, like
> > component, VGA, older HDMI TVs, etc.)
> > Is this a fundamental Vista security breach?
> Depends who you ask. Would it make you feel less secure while running Vista?
> Let's be honest here, the vast majority of people have seen their computer's
> 'trusted path' for playback of media suborned by companies like Sony more
> than they have by the average hacker.