Originally posted by Gene Clean
And if there's enough interest, it wil be cracked in 5 minutes - just like various Microsoft anti-piracy/licencing schemes, MPAA schemes, and most other copy protections, OS licence protections, protections to applications, et al.
You sound like you actually believe that a piece of software will be impossible to crack.
Yeah, I do believe that the almost required idea that all security will be cracked in five minutes by some pimply kid panting in his room is wishful thinking.
Everyone remembers the few successful cracks, but don't know about or remember the ones that weren't.
DVD security was cracked by that kid Jon.
What's forgotten is that it was only cracked because the manufacturer of the disks forgot to remove the public key from the software before pressing the disks.
It's never been cracked again.
iTunes was cracked when it first came out, fixed, cracked, fixed again, and hasn't been cracked since. There were a couple of bugs. Once they were fixed, that ended it.
It's agreed that the new hi-def disks coming out will be uncrackable, that even if somehow one disk was cracked, it would only work for that release, but that it's unlikely to happen.
Apple's patents contain well understood methods of code substitution as well as other methods combined with a hardware chip. Apple hasn't instituted the patent yet, but it has much weaker security just based on the chip. Developers say that the 10.4.3 release contains much more secure protection than earlier releases, even though it doesn't use Apple's patented methods.
Apple's patent has been looked at by security experts who have said that while it could be possible to get the OS to work on another PC, critical parts of the OS would be missing as they reside in the chip. due to the code substitution methods, which code it would be could be impossible to determine, as it would be different on each copy of the OS.
Therefore, while the OS MIGHT run, getting apps to run on it could be impossible.
Of course we'll see after it comes out, but it does look difficult.
Remember that when security is built-in from the beginning it's much more effective then when it's built on top, later.
XP's security that they recently put in doesn't work well because it's an add-on. Once you're through it, you're done.