Hackers Thwart Genuine Advantage
- By Becky Nagel
- August 02, 2005
Even as Microsoft unveiled the new, mandatory Genuine Advantage 1.0 last week, hackers were prepared to
show anyone who wants to bypass the anti-counterfeit device exactly how to do
Genuine Advantage 1.0 was supposed to ensure that only computers using a valid
copy of Windows are able to access the company's Windows Update and Microsoft
Update download sites, as well as the Microsoft Download Center. Unauthorized
versions are still allowed to access security downloads.
According to published reports, users can bypass the ActiveX-driven authentication
This code is freely available on the Web.
The hack cannot be a surprise to Microsoft; several news reports, including
one from EWeek.com, show that security researchers unearthed flaws in the
Genuine Advantage verification process months ago.
According to reports, the company is working on a patch, although no official
announcement has been made.
Becky Nagel is the vice president of Web & Digital Strategy for 1105's Converge360 Group, where she oversees the front-end Web team and deals with all aspects of digital strategy. She also serves as executive editor of the group's media Web sites, and you'll even find her byline on PureAI.com, the group's newest site for enterprise developers working with AI. She recently gave a talk at a leading technical publishers conference about how changes in Web technology may impact publishers' bottom lines. Follow her on twitter @beckynagel.