[unisog] Validation problems with Windows Update

John Stauffacher stauffacher at chapman.edu
Fri Aug 26 21:28:02 GMT 2005

I'd suggest highly that we not go about advocating a process to defeat a 
DRM. Smells of DMCA violation to me. Its better to point students to our 
own bookstores to sell them nice new copies of windows xp. If its 
actually a legit copy of windows (and they HAVE their certificate and 
the CD is an orig, then have them take it up with MS). It may be silly 
and pointless (I agree) but at the same time, I doubt any of us want the 
liability of advocating DRM removal.

Michael Holstein wrote:

>>Our students are beginning to show up on campus and are looking to register
>>for our network. We are forcing students to do a few security related things
>>before they are allowed on the network. One of the main things they must do
>>is update their system by going to WindowsUpdate.
>Personally, I'd just recommend suggesting any of the many available ways 
>to negate the functionality of that silly tool. Full-Disclosure has 
>posted several methods, some of which are below :
>1.) http://www.extended64.com/blogs/rafael/archive/2005/07/27/1026.aspx
>2.) http://home19.inet.tele.dk/jys05000/
>3.) http://www.boingboing.net/2005/07/28/microsoft_genuine_ad.html
>4.) a.) install WGA
>     b.) in directory C:\documents and settings\all users\application
>data\Windows Genuine Advantage\data\
>     c.) make file data.dat as read-only
>5) http://www.sinhack.net/GenuineAdvantage
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John Stauffacher, CISSP
Network Administrator
Chapman University
stauffacher at chapman.edu
ph: 714.628.7249
"It's amazing how much you take for granted when you already know what you are doing."
"there is no /usr/local on my C:\ drive!"

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