Cinavia – The beginning of a new age of dangerous copy protections?

Only recently, more exactly in December 2015 a we showed that it is possible to add Cinavia to any movie at will. But what is so special about that?

The important detail lies in the fact that we does not have anything to do with the creators or licensors of Cinavia and that implies that there is neither a need for a license nor for a NDA in order to be able to use the technology. In other words, everyone could use it to prevent playback on Cinavia-enabled players.

If we think about how Cinavia works it must become clear that it is an outright scandal that we, who are independent developers, are able to use Cinavia to this extent. If everyone can do it then it follows that Cinavia has a substantial security flaw: someone might be able to make a virus which adds Cinavia to all the files of your PC thus making them unplayable anymore. If we think even further we can see that it is then quite simple to use this malware to ask the user to pay money for every watermarked video to remove Cinavia. And keep in mind that Cinavia can be added to any video, also to those which may have a high emotional value like videos of your young children.

From this point of view it has become questionably why the AACSLA (the licensing authority responsible for Cinavia) still forces player manufacturers to implement costly watermark detection hardware for an unsafe security mechanism. In the end, the customer has no other option but to pay for such copy protection mechanisms, right? But does Cinavia justify the elevated production costs for the player manufacturers? No. It simply does not make sense because there are enough software products like e.g. CinEx HD which can remove Cinavia with a very high quality or simply deactivate the watermark.

The security flaw in Cinavia basically opens the possibility for customers in the US to file a class-action lawsuit in order to put an end to this dangerous copy protection. It remains questionable whether the flaws were introduced by error or intentionally, especially as Cinavia has not been the state of the art in watermarking even at the time it was introduced. In the end those wanting to make big money in the content protection market might end up in having to protect themselves from frustrated customers, especially considering the high damage values they might be confronted with.

But will it end here? Will this be the last flawed copy protection? Or has the copy protection become a false god for the content industry to which even the security of the customers has been sacrificed? We sadly remember the rootkit from Sony which was once distributed on their Video-DVDs and was eventually used by third parties for malign attacks on the PCs of the unsuspecting movie-watchers… Will the content industry ever learn? Just to remember that Verance and Sony also are very deep connected.

We invite the worldwide press to verify the claims of the company by sending videos in with an appropriate license and without Cinavia. As a proof those videos will have Cinavia added by Pixbyte Development SL and then be sent back.

UPDATE 15 Jnaurary 2015: We have informed Verance, the Cinavia maker in front of releasing this information about their amazing security issue. Because there was no reaction we start now to release this infornation to the worlds press to warn every user about the possible attacks they can get.


CinFect

CinFect is a DVD ISO image where we have added (infected) an common audio stream with Cinavia.
Burn this ISO image to a DVD blank and play it to reset the Cinavia detector in your DVD/Blu-ray player.

Download ISO image 300 MB

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17 Comments
  1. jimp124@jimp124.net

    Your instructions to burn the ISO to a DVD and play it to “reset” the Cinavia detector… What exact does reset mean and how can I possibly benefit from this? Now, if you are saying that it DISABLES the hardware that detects Cinavia – then I can REALLY see the benefit but that doesn’t sound like what you are saying. Please explain.

    • admin

      The CinFect ISO Image is an DVD to reset your player. Only needed for SoundTouch 2. Example:
      1.) You download a movie from torrent
      2.) You will get Cinavia message
      3.) You disable Cinavia with SoundTouch 2 on this video file.
      4.) You watch again this movie and Cinavia still pops up.

      Problem in 3-4.) You only disabled Cinavia, you do not remove with SoundTouch 2. But the movie you last watched is inside the player Cinavia detector cache. So it will recognize this movie.
      In this case you need to reset this Cache with the CinFect ISO. The Cinavia detector cache cannot recognize movies where you removed Cinavia with a database.

      This ISO is an movie we did here inhouse, with own audiotrack. We added Cinavia to it, so the Cinavia detector cache get cleaned.

      CinFect: We do not publish this technology because it is an security leak, a danger. If people want to check our technology they can send us a own movie and we will send this movie back with Cinavia inside.

    • admin

      As answered before. You cannot do this. Just we. We will not publish this software, because it is a security leak and a danger for all people. This software in wrong hands will cause many problems.
      So if you want a own movie, with your own copyright, send it to us and we will send it back with Cinavia.

  2. DVDRangerForum@gmail.com

    Question asked :
    ” how can I infect a video file with Cinavia watermark?
    Answer:
    If you own a movie, with your own copyright, send it to us and we will send it back with Cinavia.

    Please note:
    You cannot do this yourself. Just we. We will not publish this software, because it is a security leak in the Cinavia Algorithm that we discovered and as we stated it is danger for all people. This software in wrong hands will cause many problems in the wrong hands.

    As stated above:
    UPDATE on 15 January 2015: We have informed Verance, the Cinavia maker in front of releasing this information about their amazing security issue. Because there was no reaction we start now to release this information to the worlds press to warn every user about the possible attacks they can get.

    This security leak in Cinavia is a serious situation and it is not to be ignored or to be available for public use.

  3. cemsengul@live.com

    hello Administrators at Cinex. I just thought I should make a suggestion for a movie to work on. I ran into cinavia with the new movie “nerve” on mkv file, so I believe the blu ray would also have it.

    thanks

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