Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Sharing satellite subscription card


Cardsharing is a method to use one satellite subscription card with more than one satellite receiver You have in a same time.

is a term used concerning unauthorised access to premium television channels on (mostly digital) television receivers, that do not have physical access to a smartcard. There are both illegal and legal versions of cardsharing. However, both versions are considered to be television piracy by the broadcasters and content providers.

As technology has made the security of smartcards in conditional access systems increase, card sharing has become a more popular method of pirate decryption. Much of the development of card sharing hardware and software has taken place in Europe where national boundaries mean that home users are able to receive satellite television signals from many countries but are unable to legally subscribe to them due to licensing restrictions on broadcasters.

Card sharing is a method by which independent receivers obtain simultaneous access to a pay television network, using one legitimate conditional access subscription card. Typically, the legitimate card is attached to a personal computer or set top box typically Triple-Dragon or Dreambox, which is connected to a computer network, including the internet, and is configured to provide the legitimately decrypted control word to other receivers who request the information. This decrypted control word is then used to decode an encrypted conditional access service, as though each other receiver were using its own subscription card.

Because the length of the control word is so small (often 16 bytes), delivery of the control words over wide area networks to many different set top boxes is easily possible on a home internet connection. This has sparked off the creation of sharing network groups, in which a user can access the group by sharing their subscription card with the group, and in turn, being capable of receiving the channels which all users' cards can decrypt, as though the user owned every single subscription card. Other networks have also been created, whereby one server has multiple legitimate subscription cards connected to it. Access to this server is then restricted to those who pay the server's owner their own subscription fee.

Another use for card sharing has become apparent as Europe migrates from analog to digital tv. As the tv signal turns digital, a digital set top box is needed for each TV in the household. Each set top box normally needs to have its own smart card in order to be able to decrypt premium channels. Most pay-tv providers (but not all) offers extra subscription cards to subscribers for a reduced fee compared to the original first card. The extra cards usually come with more restrictions than the first card, such as certain channels excluded from being decrypted by any card except the (more expensive) first one. This practice is mostly dictated by the content providers (tv networks) and poses a problem from a consumer rights perspective, as the subscribers are essentially forced to paying for the same channels twice, whereas in the analog world the channels would be unlocked on every TV in the household with only one fee. In order to avoid paying for the same content twice, many subscribers use card sharing to share their single smartcard among all the receivers in their households, arguing that it is just fair use. This practice can in some cases mean a breach of the contract between the subscriber and the content provider. It is however not an illegal activity, since the subscriber pays for the smartcard and the smartcard is only used within the subscriber's own household.

Card sharing has caused major concern to the conditional access subscription card manufacturers, and their respective pay-tv companies, since virtually every encryption system can be shared, allowing unauthorised access. Unlike the hacking of smart cards, card sharing is relatively new, thanks to the recent increase in home internet speeds. Conditional access providers therefore have few counter measures to combat its use. One such method, used by several providers, is to greatly increase the frequency of changing the control word, used to decode the channel. With changing occurring as frequently as once every 5 seconds, this puts extra stress onto the subscription cards processor, meaning that clients are frustrated by short, but frequent, missed viewing, making viewing possible, but with extreme inconvenience. In response to this, card sharing servers have appeared that caches control words in order to prevent overloading of the smartcards processor if the same code word is requested more than once.

The future of card sharing is unknown, because it is equally unclear how widespread its use is. Many conditional access providers may see it unworthy to produce new cards to send to all subscribers, as their manufacturing costs are too high. Most probably also realize that and the additional "security" will eventually be circumvented anyways. The latest Irdeto cards for example, have been produced in a way by which card sharing seemed not possible, but now they can be shared again.

Information here are copy paste from :

What is cardsharing?

Cardsharing is a method to use one satellite subscription card with more than one satellite receivers in a same time. With cardsharing, your digital receiver gets the keys via the Internet or LAN from another location, instead from your local smartcard. This mean, You can use your smartcard with all your satellite receivers in a same time. Why to buy two or more subscriptions for the same package, if You want to watch these channels on more than one receiver? Your family doesn't like the program You are watching? Install a LAN in your house, and connect all your receivers to the cardsharing network! Enjoy!

This site tries to cover these systems, to collect the current cardsharing techniques and make them available online.

What I need to use it?

You will need the following components:

DVB Receiver; it can be a PCI card (like SkyStar 1 or 2) or a set top box called DBox or DreamBox
A permanent LAN or WAN connection to your cardserver host
A valid account on the cardserver host
Installed client plugins on the receiver systems

SkyStar 2 or similar PCI card based systems are not as professional like DBox, but they offer more functionality.

DBox means the best solution for people who need high quality and high reliability. It is equipped with Ethernet port, so You can connect it your computer, ADSL modems etc.

Which TV channels can I follow using this method?

You can watch every scrambled TV channels if You have connection to the proper cardsharing server.

Monday, July 23, 2007

VISTA have built in RMS client.

RMS topic was dedicated to help solve my friend, Syahrul's problem. Below article was taken from Microsoft as refer by him.

Rights Management Services

To facilitate sharing and collaboration, the Rights Management Services (RMS) client is now part of Windows Vista. RMS is designed to secure data against unauthorized use when it is sent in e-mail or used in any other rights-enabled application, such as Microsoft Word or Microsoft Excel®. There are three components to the RMS solution: the server, the desktop, and the platform. For the server part of this equation, Windows Rights Management Services for Windows Server™ 2003 is required. This information protection service of Windows Server 2003 establishes user account certificates, issues use licenses, enables the creation and storage of the rights policy templates, and so on.

The desktop tier performs the actual data security operations like encrypting data, and is planned for inclusion by default on Windows Vista. This allows you to use applications that integrate with RMS technologies and immediately take advantage of the feature without incurring the cost of an additional deployment.

Windows Vista also provides a significant update in the RMS platform for creating rights-protected information. This update comes in the form of Windows Presentation Foundation, which delivers a set of APIs that allows developers to rights-enable any file built using the Open Packaging Conventions. This defines a file format for application information that will be used by XML Paper Specification (XPS) Documents and the next version of Office. Windows Vista will also include an RMS-enabled XPS Viewer that can rights-protect any data published in this format.

RMS Price

Based on Microsoft release.
not available on any online store in Indonesia. Contoact your MS. Vendor.

RMS Pricing

Windows RMS Client Access License

$37 each

Single RMS CAL (choose User CAL or Device CAL at time of purchase)

Windows RMS Client Access License Five Pack


Five additional RMS CALs

Windows RMS External Connector License


Optional license for External Users accessing Windows RMS software

RMS Client : Microsoft Windows Rights Management Services Client with Service Pack 2 - x86

The Microsoft Windows Rights Management Services (RMS) Client Service Pack 2 is required for your computer to run applications that provide functionality based on Windows RMS technologies.


Installing this client places software on your computer that allows RMS-aware applications to work with Rights Management Services (RMS) to provide licenses for publishing and consuming RMS-protected information. If you have a previous version of the RMS Client installed on your computer, installing this Client will replace the previous version of the RMS Client. Once installed, the Client will be ready for use by applications designed to support RMS, providing you with access to RMS features.
The RMS Client can be uninstalled from the Add or Remove Programs dialog box in the Windows control panel.

Other Files :
Microsoft Windows Rights Management Services Client with Service Pack 2 - X64 Edition
Microsoft Windows Rights Management Services Client with Service Pack 2 - IA64 Edition
Microsoft Windows Rights Management Services with Service Pack 2
Rights Management Add-on for Internet Explorer

RMS Server : Microsoft Windows Rights Management Services with Service Pack 2

Windows Rights Management Services (RMS) 1.0 Service Pack 2 (SP2) provides the platform for an organizational rights policy management system.


Windows Rights Management Services (RMS) 1.0 Service with Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft Windows Server 2003, a security service for Windows Server 2003, is information protection that works with RMS-enabled applications to help safeguard digital information from unauthorized use – both online and offline, inside and outside of the firewall. For more information about RMS SP2, please go to www.microsoft.com/rms.

Since this server component is provided as a premium service for Windows Server 2003, a Windows RMS Client Access License (CAL) is required for each user publishing and/or consuming Rights Management Services (RMS)-protected content. However, up to two users may simultaneously access or use RMS solely for administration of the software without a CAL. For more details on licensing requirements, please review the End User License Agreement when downloading this premium service.

Although RMS is designed for and tested with database servers running SQL Server 2000 and MSDE, and Microsoft does not support the usage of RMS together with a database provider other than either SQL Server 2000, SQL Server 2005 or MSDE, RMS can be run on other database servers that use the ADO.NET interfaces that are provided by the Microsoft .NET Framework. Therefore, other database vendors may have developed compatible database providers for RMS. You may use any database provider together with RMS on the condition that the corresponding database server complies with the following criteria:

* The database server must be Transact-SQL compliant because RMS initialization scripts and RMS stored procedures use Transact-SQL.

* The database server must support any Microsoft SQL Server-specific extensions.

Windows Rights Management Services Pricing and Licensing: Frequently Asked Questions

Taken from microsoft website :

Q. Under what circumstances do I need an RMS CAL?
A. An RMS CAL is required for each user or device that interacts with (e.g. creates or views) rights-protected information within an organization's rights management environment.

Q. Do I need an RMS CAL if I'm only viewing rights-protected information?
A. Yes. An RMS CAL is required any time a user creates or views a rights-protected document, e-mail message, or HTML content. RMS validates that the user has permission to view the rights-protected information by connecting to the RMS server, verifying the user's credentials and issuing a "usage license."

Q. If I am licensed for Microsoft Office 2003, do I need an RMS CAL?
A. Yes. An RMS CAL is required because RMS licensing requirements are not related to the use of Microsoft Office or any other RMS-enabled application.

Q. If I have paid for the RMS CAL to enable Microsoft Office 2003 Information Rights Management (IRM) features and then I license another RMS-enabled application that uses Rights Management Services, do I have to pay for another RMS CAL?
A. No. One RMS CAL per user or device fulfills the licensing requirement for accessing or using the RMS server within the given rights management domain. The RMS CAL supports an unlimited number of RMS-enabled applications.

Q. If I have a Windows Server 2003 Client Access License (Windows CAL), do I still need an RMS CAL?
A. Yes. An RMS CAL is required. A Windows CAL fulfills the licensing requirement to access and use the Windows Server software. RMS is an additional premium service of Windows Server 2003, so if you use RMS functionality, an RMS CAL is required. This requirement is similar to the way in which Terminal Services, another premium service, is licensed.

Q. If I am licensed for the Core CAL, do I need an RMS CAL?
A. Yes. An RMS CAL is required. The RMS CAL is not part of the Core CAL. However, Microsoft is extending special pricing for Core CAL Software Assurance customers to acquire the RMS CAL plus Software Assurance. Contact your local volume licensing reseller for more information on the promotion.

Q. If I want to send a rights-protected document to someone outside of my organization, what are the licensing requirements?
A. To enable rights-protected viewing outside your organization, you can acquire a Windows Server 2003 External Connector License and an RMS External Connector License for each RMS server that your external users will access. This fulfills the RMS licensing requirements, so you do not have to purchase individual Windows CALs and RMS CALs for each external user.

An external user means any person (not an organization) who is not any of the following:
• your full-time, part-time, or temporary employee;
• agency temporary personnel or independent contractor on assignment at your worksite; or
• your customer to whom you provide hosted services with the server software.

Q. If both my company and my business partner's company have RMS CALs for our respective rights management environments, are we licensed to exchange rights-protected documents between our organizations?
A. No. The RMS CAL only grants you access to your respective RMS environment. Since your company is external to your business partner's company and vice versa, both a Windows Server External Connector (EC) license and RMS EC license are required for each RMS server that your partner's company will access.

In other words, you (Company A) must have Windows Server and RMS EC licenses for your partner (Company B) to legally access rights-protected documents created from within your company. Likewise, your business partner (Company B) must have Windows Server and RMS EC licenses for you (Company A) to legally access rights-protected documents created by your partner.

Alternatively, you may purchase individual Windows Server and RMS CALs for each of your partners' users and vice versa. Any time an external user touches a given domain's server (i.e. your partner accesses a document protected by your server, or you access a document protected by your partner's server), the user or device must be licensed either by an EC or a CAL. The licensee of the RMS server must properly license both internal and external access to that instance of RMS.

Q. Are there any exceptions to the RMS licensing requirements?
A. Yes. For Microsoft Office 2003 users, there is a free trial Information Rights Management (IRM) service available for customers who do not have Windows Server 2003. This service enables users to share documents and messages with restricted permission by using Microsoft .NET Passport as the authentication mechanism, as opposed to Active Directory directory service. If information is rights-protected using the Microsoft .NET Passport service, CALs are not required. To learn more, visit IRM in Microsoft Office 2003.

Q. RMS is on the October price lists. Why can't I find the software media in the October Volume License (VL) kit?
A. RMS software media will be delivered in a future VL kit even though the product will appear on the October price lists. Since RMS will be available for download via the Internet sometime in late October, it appears on the October price lists.

Q. How much does an RMS CAL cost?
A. For complete pricing information, please review the RMS Pricing and Licensing Overview page.

Q. Is there a difference in price for the RMS User CAL and the RMS Device CAL?
A. No. The price for the RMS User CAL and RMS Device CAL is the same. For complete pricing information, please review the RMS Pricing and Licensing Overview page.

Q. How can I try RMS?
A. You can try RMS for up to 180 days without purchasing RMS CALs. To do this, you must install the RMS Server on top of an evaluation copy of Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition. The evaluation copy of Windows Server 2003 automatically expires in 180 days. The RMS Server does not have an expiration.

Q. Do I need to buy RMS CALs to try RMS?
A. No. You can try RMS for up to 180 days without purchasing CALs.

Q. What do I do at the end of 180 days?
A. At any time during the evaluation period or at the end of 180 days, the evaluation copy of Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition can be converted into a production server by either purchasing a full license for Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition, or by applying an existing license to the RMS server. At that time, you must also purchase RMS CALs for every user or device that is creating or consuming rights-protected content.

Q. Where can I get an evaluation copy of Windows Server 2003?
A. The Windows Server 2003 R2 trial software can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/evaluation/trial/default.mspx.

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