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Windows Vista cracked by pirates … arrrrrr …

March 9, 2007

Aye Mateys! The shaky starboard hull of Windows Vista has been breeched by pirate cannonballs. Heh, I love the pirate talk!

Vista logoBut it seems to be true, according to reports, that hackers from Pantheon have finally found their way through the security wrapped around Microsoft’s new operating system.

Pirates of the Caribbean 3 (New Line Cinema)Actually, not the core of Vista, but the activation verification key system that OKs your version of Vista. Also, that key determines which version of Vista you have, so you could upgrade to the “super-mega-Ultimate” edition of Vista for free, instead of paying the premium.


More from APC’s James Bannan:

This version of Vista uses System-Locked Pre-Installation 2.0 (SLP 2.0). It allows the “Royalty OEMs” to embed specific licensing information into the operating system which Vista can activate without having to go back to Microsoft for verification. The licensing components include the OEM’s hardware-embedded BIOS ACPI_SLIC (which has been signed by Microsoft), an XML certificate file which corresponds to this ACPI_SLIC and a specific OEM product key.

Since the crack is based around specific product keys, it’ll be hard for Microsoft to shut this crack in the armor system-wide. And once the PC is registered having a “legit” copy of Vista and after it has been verified by the Genuine Advantage software, it’s there to stay.

Of course, this is just one of many documented Vista install ills. APC also covered how the Vista Upgrade-only DVD can be tricked into doing a clean install and how pirates had cracked the activation process in other ways.

Also, the magazine put out a list of 30 things to know about Microsoft’s new operating system. A good read, especially if you’re an early adopter, like me.

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4 Comments
  1. minch57 permalink
    March 9, 2007 8:24 am

    yeah it’s quite a nice little feature that MS gave us this time… Who’da thought the newest, hyped-est version of Windoze would be the easiest ever to hack and crack? Thanks Bill!

  2. damewigginsoflee permalink
    March 9, 2007 9:20 am

    system overboard!

    (hugging mac)

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