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A Web site posted a tool yesterday that can apparently crack Windows Vista's activation process by applying brute force -- and lots of time -- to come up with valid product keys, circumventing one of Microsoft's most important antipiracy methods.
Tool Claims to Have Cracked Vista Activation [computerworld.com]
However, it appears it'll take some time with Microsoft's 25 character key, and a even at a rate of 20,000 attempts per hour.
I have heard that Microsoft told Vista was hack proof.
It will be interesting to see how MS reacts to this. It is quite early in the product cycle for something like this to be happening. My guess is that they'll simply have to limit the number of times an incorrect key can be tried. That would be difficult to add to existing copies though.
My guess is that they'll simply have to limit the number of times an incorrect key can be tried.
I believe the usual tactic is to allow an attack to continue, but, after a dozen or so attempts, simply fail irrespective of whether the entered code is correct or not!
An OEM bios hack (by software) is more likey to bear fruit, but may be detectable (even if implemented by virtualisation software).
That leaves actually flashing the bios to create a fake Dell PC, or whatever. This should be possible unless the identification is stored in a non-flashable area.