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Monday, June 18, 2007

Windows Genuine Advantage test is a joke

Digg! Slashdot Slashdot It! According to Ubuntu's forum, a user going by the name of mig5 has said that he was able to bypass Windows Genuine Advantage test by downloading the application and the amazing thing he was verified as a Genuine Windows and was able to download Windows defender on Xubuntu. This was what he said: I just did this for a laugh and didn't expect it to work. I went to microsoft.com using IE4Linux ( http://www.tatanka.com.br/ies4linux/page/Main_Page ) and tried to download Windows Defender, on Xubuntu. Of course, I was asked to do the Genuine Advantage test. I used the alternate authentication method (IE4Linux doesn't support Active X), downloaded and then ran the genuine advantage application (which took quite a while to start). It gave me a code that I pasted into the authentication box, and to my surprise it verified me and forwarded me to the download page. This just goes to show how rubbish they're validation software is. I thought it was funny though, so I've uploaded a recording of it to rapid share, which you can get here: http://rapidshare.com/files/37580147/recording.ogg (the file is about 10MB, so it might take a while to get)

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