Media Player file encryption cracked

By Derek Sooman on
DVD Jon has managed to successfully crack the encryption coding in Microsoft's Windows Media Player, making it possible for the software to run on alternative devices on multiple platforms. He has cracked an algorithm used to wrap Media Player NSC files, and has made a decoder available. Media Player will now run on non-Windows platforms.

The NSC file contains information about the stream, such as the name and address of the stream server. When the file is opened in Media Player, the file is decoded and then connected to the stream server specified.
DVD Jon claims to have done this so as to make Media Player content available to the open source VideoLAN Client (VLC) streaming media player.

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