Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 14th Sep 2010 21:21 UTC
Multimedia, AV If the rumours are true, and if this Pastebin post (be sure to mirror the key if that won't get you in trouble with your authorities) is legitimate, then it looks like High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection has been cracked so hard its mother's mother felt it. HDCP is a copy protection mechanism which protects the audio and video streams sent over DisplayPort, HDMI, and DVI.
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Master certificate forever
by wigry on Wed 15th Sep 2010 08:32 UTC
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To me, the most puzzling part of that DRM scheme is the master certificate. Only way to produce compatible hardware is to generate certificates using the same master certificate. To do this over period of time, that master certificate must be still usable. How long is the validity of that master certificate and what happens once it eventually expires? It is not possible to create compatible hardware anymore...

So the whole consumer market is bound to that single certificate? Amazing scheme without any foresight over the timespan of lets say 20 years...

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