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Windows 7 OEM Master Key Leaked, Can Activate Any OEM Build
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Written by Daniel   
Friday, 31 July 2009 10:23

Microsoft is the victim of more leaks

Jason Mick (Blog) - July 29, 2009 12:30 PM
DailyTech

While software leaks are inevitable, Windows 7 has been particularly leaky during the course of its development.  Hot on the heels of the leaks of near-RTM builds onto the internet, a new Windows 7 package has leaked -- an active copy of Ultimate edition.



The new version comes courtesy of what appears to be a legitimate Lenovo OEM Ultimate edition DVD .ISO file, first posted on a Chinese web forum.  The boot.wim file was cracked to yield the OEM-SLP key and the OEM activation certificate.

The data obtained turned out to be pure paydirt.  The key is the master OEM key, capable of activating OEM builds deliver to (and subsequently leaked from) any of the major OEMs -- Dell, HP, Acer, or Lenovo.  Further it reveals that Windows 7's OEM digital signing system uses the .xrm-ms extension, just like Windows Vista.       [Comments...]
 
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