HDTV Code Crack Is Real, Intel Confirms

Cat 2010/09/17 00:26:51

HDTV Code Crack Is Real, Intel

By Jeremy A. Kaplan

Published September 16, 2010

| FoxNews.com

A tiny portion of the HDCP code released online
Tuesday, which Intel confirmed was indeed a "master key" for HD content. But to
use it, a pirate would need to manufacture a silicon chip, not simply write a
piece of software.

Much to the chagrin of the entertainment industry, the encryption
that protects most high-definition video content has officially been cracked, an
Intel spokesman told FoxNews.com. But don't expect illegal hardware to flood the
market anytime soon, he said.

Worries swirled about the future of high-definition devices such as
TVs and Blu-ray players, following rumors Tuesday that the copy protection
technology keeping all that content safe may have been cracked.

Intel confirmed Thursday to
FoxNews.com that the High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (
HDCP) -- the digital
management software
that governs every device that plays high-def content -- had in fact been

"It does appear to be a master key," said Tom Waldrop, a spokesman
for Intel, which developed and oversees the HDCP technology.

"What we have confirmed through testing is that you can derive keys
for devices from this published material that do work with the keys produced by
our security technology," he told FoxNews.com. In other words, "this
circumvention does appear to work," Waldrop said.

Found in
Blu-ray players, set-top boxes, and many high-definition displays, HDCP prevents
the copying of audio and video content as it travels across the
cables that connect HD devices.
It's required to send a video across the thin, flat HDMI cables that link most
new flat-panel TVs to gaming systems, Blu-ray players, or whatever.

The hack unlocks protected content by providing a "master key,"
which could be used to strip that encryption from, say, the link between your
cable box and your DVR. Without those restrictions, a nefarious user could make
unlimited copies -- rendering the copy-protection software useless.

build new devices that bypass the license fees
Intel charges for the
content -- and ignore the content restrictions that HDCP sets in place. However,
Intel doesn't think piracy will suddenly increase, Waldrop told

"For someone to use this information to unlock anything, they would
have to implement it in silicon -- make a computer chip," he told FoxNews.com.
And after making a chip, someone would have to build it into a device, either on
an individual basis or on a production line. And Intel just doesn't see that

"It would be a lot of work and a lot of expense to do that,"
Waldrop said. Nevertheless, the risk exists that pirates in countries less
respectful of copyright law could take on that expense, releasing Blu-ray
players and televisions that bypass the licensing fees and knock a chunk off

"We will use the appropriate remedies to address the issue, where
we choose to," Waldrop said.

Despite the release of the crack, he remains confident that the
encryption technology is still sound, and remains the best way to keep content

"HDCP remains an effective component for protecting digital
entertainment. It relies on these licensing agreements to ensure that
implementations are done appropriately, and there are legal enforcement methods
available for cases where it is done

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  • 12 Tone Melody 2010/09/19 05:46:27
  • Red Branch 2010/09/19 04:04:25
    Red Branch
    Just because we can do it is no reason to do it. Integrity. Ethics.
  • ✿✿✿RoseD1st✿✿✿ 2010/09/18 18:35:11
    Oh heck Im shocked it took them this long
  • lalouisiane 2010/09/18 04:39:30
    Very interesting.
  • Semper Fi 2010/09/17 13:25:51
    Semper Fi
    Might America be a better place without television!!
  • MelA Semper Fi 2010/09/17 15:51:43
  • Cat Semper Fi 2010/09/17 21:46:37
    OH NO, I could NOT do it, I need my History Channel, My Discovery, My Science Channel, MY FOX NEWS!!!!!
  • lalouis... Cat 2010/09/18 04:40:14
    And the Weather channel!!! How will we know when a hurricane or tornado is coming without the Weather Channel???
  • ✿✿✿Rose... Cat 2010/09/18 18:34:37
    I agree!
  • JT For Political Reform 2010/09/17 11:42:20
    JT For Political Reform
    We keep making technology the key to our every move and in the process we make it easier to fall into a trap by others.
  • BK 2010/09/17 11:41:05 (edited)
    Locks pretty much beg some people to try to pick them. It's not even a little bit surprising that someone cracked this. As for needing to "implement it in silicon," it's probably already been done.
  • doofiegirl BTO-t- BCRA-F ~... 2010/09/17 10:34:16
    doofiegirl  BTO-t- BCRA-F ~PWCM~
    I believe the only code never broken was the Navajo code used in WW2 .
  • digitalDave 2010/09/17 05:27:30
    Locks just keep the honest people out.
  • Cat digital... 2010/09/17 21:49:01 (edited)
    My husband never locked our doors, of course we had tons of BIG dogs and guns !always figured they were welcomed to what they got. Doors were to expensive to replace.
  • digital... Cat 2010/09/17 21:52:48
    Oh hell yeah Cat! yeah cat
  • Cat digital... 2010/09/17 21:54:32 (edited)
    Wrong Breed!
    wrong breed
  • digital... Cat 2010/10/13 18:29:46
    Nice Rottie!
  • Rodney 2010/09/17 04:38:53
    Anything man build can be broken by man. Police radar, anti radar devices, the old dish antenna's, devices made to get the signal illegally. So it goes!
  • Steford... Rodney 2010/09/17 18:52:14
    Steford doesn't follow
    Stealth anti RADAR?
  • Rodney Steford... 2010/09/17 18:55:56
    Surely you know back when radar guns for police were the best weapon for catching speeders, every Tom, Dick and Harry who had a soldering iron were making devices that could trick those radar guns.
  • Steford... Rodney 2010/09/17 19:09:51
    Steford doesn't follow
    What I meant was anti -radar against Steath Bombers?
  • Rodney Steford... 2010/09/17 20:27:47
    The stealth bombers use materials that can fool or reflect radar attempts. Cars are different. I am sure in time they will develop radar that can pick up even the stealth bombers.
  • Steford... Rodney 2010/09/17 21:14:37
    Steford doesn't follow
    Car manufacturers ought to get with it? I'm SURE sports car enthusiest would be interested?
  • Rodney Steford... 2010/09/17 21:22:43 (edited)
    Some are now using carbon fiber body parts (that's what makes the bomber stealthy) but it is hard to get away from too much iron or steel.
    (EDIT) I want a 2011 Camaro :>)) (hope they come out with a convertible).
  • Theresa Rodney 2010/09/18 18:30:11
    To actually to create a car stealthy. You would need very expensive composites for the shell. A totally ceramic powerplant and suspension. all fiber optic control systems and Ceramic wheels and braking systems. The cost would be equivalent to a B1 bomber.
  • Rodney Theresa 2010/09/18 18:34:43
    I thought I qualified that by saying it is hard to do away with too much iron or steel in cars. They have ceramic brakes and engine parts already and I am sure in time more light weight materials should be developed. Why are you being so critical? I wasn't thinking I was going to have to go into the technical engineering.
  • Theresa Rodney 2010/09/18 18:37:07
    I am not being critical just outlining the systems which would need to be used in creating a totally stealthy car.
  • Rodney Theresa 2010/09/18 18:56:01
    I was trying to explain to Steford in layman terms. Not everyone is as informed as you and me to an extent. I don't claim to be an expert, just knowledgeable enough to have an understanding.
  • Theresa Rodney 2010/09/18 19:03:25
    Not a problem I just sometimes like to be a bit more precise.
  • Rodney Theresa 2010/09/18 19:18:07
    I appreciate that.
  • Theresa Rodney 2010/09/18 18:26:20
    Actually a radar will never be able to detect a stealth aircraft. However, there would be other ways to detect them electronically.
  • Rodney Theresa 2010/09/18 18:31:43
    I think I was being overly general in my term there. I was referring to new technology that may be able to detect the B2, F117, F22 or F35 stealth bombers.
  • Theresa Rodney 2010/09/18 18:34:31
    They only can detect holes in background radiation but you will never see the stealth aircraft. Hole in the EM spectrum can be created electronically by sending,out inverse pulses to the grid opposing you.
  • Rodney Theresa 2010/09/18 18:37:00
    Yes, Teresa. Thanks for weighing in.
  • Kino 2010/09/17 03:35:17
    The very nature of encryption will always lead someone to attempt to break it. Given enough time someone always does.

    The threat here is that if the key has really been broken that gray market manufacturers, found in places like China or Taiwan, can recreate the hardware.
  • TexicanRGV - Noblesse Oblige 2010/09/17 02:12:00
    TexicanRGV - Noblesse Oblige
    Better mouse traps breed better mice!
  • JBC American Patriot 2010/09/17 01:55:45
  • MarinerFH 2010/09/17 00:57:45
  • Alejandra 2010/09/17 00:37:30
    Nothing man makes is ever sacred..!
  • Sawdust_128 2010/09/17 00:33:45
    If man built it man can break it.

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