Apple wants to protect your audio, video data
TweetFollow Us on Twitter

Apple wants to protect your audio, video data



An Apple patent (number 20120281828) for the protection of audio or video in a playback device has appeared at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. It involves a method and apparatus to prevent hacking of encrypted audio or video content during playback.

Hackers, using a debugging attachment or other tools, can illicitly access encrypted data in memory in a playback device when the data is decrypted during playback and momentarily stored in digital form. This hacking is defeated here by methodically "poisoning" the encrypted data so that it is no longer playable by a standard decoder.

The poisoning involves deliberate alteration of certain bit values. On playback, the player invokes a special secure routine that provides correction of the poisoned bit values, for successful playback.

Here's Apple's background on the invention: "The protection of digital content transferred between computers over a network and transferred from a computer to an associated playback device is important for many organizations. The DRM process often involves encrypting the pieces of content (e.g., encr the binary form of the content) to restrict usage to those who have been granted a right to the content, which is typically pieces of music or video programs.

"Cryptography is the traditional protection method, but for many digital file transfer situations, a party that legitimately receives the content might try to break the DRM protection scheme, so as to give illicit access to third parties. An identified weak leak in the DRM security is in the overall process, rather than the encryption scheme. For instance, one of the more successful DRM systems distributes music and video content via the Internet.

"The DRM system distributes to a user's computer content that has been encrypted. The user's computer then decrypts the received content, generates local keys for encrypting the content, and uses these local keys to re-encrypt the content. Typically the content in encrypted form may also be downloaded, via a local connection, to an associated playback-only device such as an audio or video media player, which similarly decrypts and re-encrypts the content before playing same.

"The present inventors have identified a potential security issue with this approach. As indicated above, during the playback process (which can also occur in the user's computer) the decrypted data is resident for a time in memory in the host computer and/or other playback device. One such memory location is a buffer memory which temporarily stores one or more packets or frames of the decrypted content bitstream. For audio content, the usual encoded format of the data is referred to as AAC (Advanced Audio Coding ISO 13818-7) which is a compression standard with associated codecs (coder-decoder) commercially available in hardware and software. For video, the usual encoded format is H.264, a similar standard with compression, also with commercially available codecs.

"During the playback process, portions of the decrypted content (packets for audio, frames for video), are temporarily stored in a buffer prior to being supplied to the AAC or H.264 or other decoder. Hackers (illicit copiers) may be able to access the decrypted data in this buffer using a standard software tool known as a debugger attachment. The hacker can then copy the accessed data out of the buffer, store it, and as the content is played thereby have a decrypted copy of the entire content, without having to break the actual encryption."

The inventors are Julien Lerouge, Gianpaolo Fasoli and Augustin J. Farrugia.

 
AAPL
$102.50
Apple Inc.
+0.25
GOOG
$571.60
Google Inc.
+2.40
MSFT
$45.43
Microsoft Corpora
+0.55
MacNews Search:
Community Search:

Latest Forum Discussions

See All
view counter

view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter

Rhonna Designs Magic (Photography)
Rhonna Designs Magic 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Photography Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Want to sprinkle *magic* on your photos? With RD Magic, you can add colors, filters, light leaks, bokeh, edges, blur, texture, & even load in your own images! Follow us @rhonnafarrer for more details &... | Read more »
This Week at 148Apps: August 25-29, 2014
Shiny Happy App Reviews   | Read more »
Qube Kingdom – Tips, Tricks, Strategies,...
Qube Kingdom is a tower defense game from DeNA. You rally your troops – magicians, archers, knights, barbarians, and others – and fight against an evil menace looking to dominate your kingdom of tiny squares. Planning a war isn’t easy, so here are a few tips to help you take apart your enemies. Attention All Cube Warriors: Want to know what we... | Read more »
Qube Kingdom Review
Qube Kingdom Review By Nadia Oxford on August 29th, 2014 Our Rating: :: KIND OF A SQUARE KINGDOMUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Qube Kingdom has cute visuals, but it’s a pretty basic tower defense game at heart.   | Read more »
Fire in the Hole Review
Fire in the Hole Review By Rob Thomas on August 29th, 2014 Our Rating: :: WALK THE PLANKUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Seafoam’s Fire in the Hole looks like a bright, 8-bit throwback, but there’s not enough booty to make this a compelling voyage.   | Read more »
Alien Creeps TD is Now Available Worldwi...
Alien Creeps TD is Now Available Worldwide Posted by Ellis Spice on August 29th, 2014 [ permalink ] Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad | Read more »
Dodo Master Review
Dodo Master Review By Jordan Minor on August 29th, 2014 Our Rating: :: NEST EGGiPad Only App - Designed for the iPad Dodo Master is tough but fair, and that’s what makes it a joy to play.   | Read more »
Motorsport Manager Review
Motorsport Manager Review By Lee Hamlet on August 29th, 2014 Our Rating: :: MARVELOUS MANAGEMENTUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Despite its depth and sense of tactical freedom, Motorsport Manager is one of the most accessible and addictive management sims around.   | Read more »
Motorsport Manager – Beginner Tips, Tric...
The world of Motorsport management can be an unforgiving and merciless one, so to help with some of the stress that comes with running a successful race team, here are a few hints and tips to leave your opponents in the dust. | Read more »
CalPal Update Brings the App to 2.0, Add...
CalPal Update Brings the App to 2.0, Adds Lots of New Stuff Posted by Ellis Spice on August 29th, 2014 [ permalink ] | Read more »
All contents are Copyright 1984-2010 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.