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Subject: Descrambler for multimedia

Descrambler for multimedia

From: Björn Stenberg <>
Date: Thu, 8 Jan 2004 02:08:23 +0100


My little christmas project has paid off. I just committed an update to 'descrambler' which supports descrambling Multimedia firmware files. I'll commit a new 'scrambler' tomorrow.

The Multimedia firmware files are compressed using a custom token packing algorithm, and then XORed with a 32-byte string. The descrambler tool finds this string automagically, simply by assuming that 0 is the most common byte in the plaintext. A simple statistical analysis then produces the string.

The compression was trickier, but thanks to it not being very efficient (gzip compresses the firmware to about 60% of the .ajz size) there was plenty of plaintext to look at in the compressed data.

Received on 2004-01-08

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