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July 29, 2005

Genuine Copy

At the same time as trying to exert more illegal monopoly pressure in the market, Microslosh have decided to force people to verify their serial numbers. This will catch some crooks but it will inconvenience a huge number of legitimate users who have misplaced their keys as well. Still, it may not be so bad, according to Boing Boing, it took all of 24 hours to break the best security Microslosh could devise:

Microsoft "Genuine Advantage" cracked in 24h: window.g_sDisableWGACheck='all'
AV sez, "This week, Microsoft started requiring users to verifiy their serial number before using Windows Update. This effort to force users to either buy XP or tell them where you got the illegal copy is called 'Genuine Advantage.' It was cracked within 24 hours."
Before pressing 'Custom' or 'Express' buttons paste this text to the address bar and press enter:
It turns off the trigger for the key check.

With security coders like that, I doubt the script kiddies will even need to get nervous...

[Thanks to the tip from Geoff...]

Posted by Ozguru at July 29, 2005 01:00 PM

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