Latest info on FTA files


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Username: Im5150

Post Number: 2
Registered: Feb-07
This is what I found on the internet. I just wanted to share with you all. Hopefully this will clear up a lot of things.

latest info on FTA files


All the latest ECM and PID keys 0106/0907 explained..
ECM Info

With every ECM there is always a fair bit of misinformation about regarding the "new" encryption techniques used, and how it may portend the death of FTA.

With the present difficulties, for instance, the following items of interest have been repeated around the net on various sites:

* This ECM is specifically targeted at FTA
* Multiple MAP call are being used
* A dynamic code is being used
* There is a new timer function

This ECM is specifically targeted at FTA

This is likely true! Card based hacks like plastic, card-sharing, and IKS (Internet Key Sharing, another form of card sharing) access video encryption differently than the emu in FTA firmware. Card solutions simply send encrypted VPID (video packets) to the descrambler chip where the included CW (control word) packets are sent right away to the CAM (conditional access module/card), the answer is sent back and then applied to the video packet. The actual CAM values, apart from definitions and order of the CW gathering commands (i.e., MAP calls) need not be known, as it is all done automatically when requests are sent to the card. FTA firmware on the other hand must know the precise CAM locations and thus order and routine of MAP calls, and this has to be patched into each bin; when this changes a new bin is required where relevant portions of the CAM are emulated.

Multiple MAP calls are being used

This is true, however this is nothing new either. Providers routinely use at least 4 or 5 MAP calls at any given time. MAP calls are intense arithmetic equations that request CWs from the CAM to be sent back to the descrambler. We now have 4e and 4d; there are others in play, but apparently these particular ones are the difficulties (i.e., CAM location unknown).

A dynamic code is being used

"Dynamic" implies changing according to some input. It sounds scary, like a mutating virus. In actuality, "dynamic" is little different that "random" at the level of intense mathematics as the functions and outputs are extremely difficult or impossible to be predicted. By definition, control words are random numbers.

There is a new timer function

Each channel uses different CWs, and this is how now for instance some locals may be viewable and other pay channels remain scrambled. CWs change every few minutes, and this in itself is as secure as practically can be: even an NSA super-cryto computer could not solve an 8-byte algorithm in 2 minutes. CWs have always changed this fast, and all TV providers, even cable, use the same system.

So what is going on?

Nothing radically new, likely. Coders are not cytologists, and even if they were, it would be senseless to attempt decryption on something that changes as quickly as CWs, as mentioned above. And neither can card data be read with any apparent ease (remember all the baloney a year ago about peeling the cards and reading with an electron microscope, hahahahaha, if you believed that one, well, I have some bog land you may be interested in....). Some CAM locations are known, some are not. ALL of the MAP calls CW answers are currently in the cards and are not changeable, this requires a card swap. What can be changed are the specific MAP calls and their order. These can be read and defined, and even used for card hacking (why IKS is up and running), but FTA is a different story, as mentioned.

Coders must be given specific CAM locations which can be patched into or emulated for FTA binary files. Saying a bin has the "full emu" is ridiculous, as it can't by sheer size limitations, as it would have to run in non-decompressed format. What is needed is a MAP map, as it were Or at least someone to give directions, like a navigator.

Most of this information is purchased rather than hacked, at least initially. When a group says they have the "full emu", what should be understood is that they have access to the information, and it may be purchased as a service over a period of time. This is rather like calling up customer service plan: you call to say your widget isn't working, and being told to press buttons 1, 2, 3, then A, B, C in that order, you do, it works, but you have no idea why. It seems Viewsat had an arrangement like this after MAP57, they bought a 1 year plan. Others can purchase information on a one-off basis. Or once a bin is released, the bin can be dumped and reverse engineered for patching to different boxes, but this takes a little extra time.

DN PID 0106 keys... and Bev PID 0907

DN has introduced a new secondary key code and provider PID 0106...the usual main PID (Provider ID) is 0101...normally we change the keys and autoroll to keys 0101, which we must ALWAYS still keep updated and current...but with this new PID (introduced originally 22 October) we cannot change these keys, and the autoroll doesn't input them, so a NEW bin is required whenever DN changes the keys in PID 0106...The new PID can be used on any specific channels that DN want to , so in many cases DN will input them on the PPV's, adult channels, and international that why U can get the regular channels with the older bins, but need a new bin for the channels that DN uses the new PID 0106 keys now...

The same thing applies to Bev PID 0907 secondary keys..****usually main active Bev keys are 0901, NOT 0907...but Bev can use either or both sets of keys 0901 or 0907....

just like DN can with main active keys 0101 and secondary new 0106 keys now..ON ANY CHANNELS THEY CHOOSE, WHENEVER THEY CHOOSE..OR ALL CHANNELS, IF THEY WISH..


Here are some recent new releases

C&P From Team Captain
Our Team is working very hard for several days to bring you the newest fix Please understand that if we are not active this is only because we are busy getting back your TV's !

Thank you
Team Captain

C&P from Viewsat
DN PPV, adult, Internationals Fix Update from

Well the Viewsat coders have got the solution to latest PPV, adult and Internationals outage on DN. We should see fixes released very soon. They will also be incorporating latest outage fix from bev into next release but bev has already put new packets in the stream so expect further down time from ***. As I had mentioned it is going to be some rough sailing ahead. The good news is they are very close to completing a more stable solution bringing us closer to a full EMU on FTA. Till then be prepaid for more down times and the VS coders doing their best in keeping us up.

B3V opens the Door from H3LL! *** opened up a door today. that allows them to run any code they want, and they can change that code once a minute, every minute! This is gonna get really interesting very quickly. We'll soon see who has the juice to stay up. Only a full blown emulation of the card stands a chance. Since we already know that B3v is the testing grounds for dish, the future is definitely uncertain for the older FTA units. The units that just patch for each various ecm will fall by the wayside, or be relegated back to their original purpose, of pure FTA.

Nagra has had their security issues for quite sometime, but its looking alot more secure than ever before, almost like some NDS help was hired to help out with the dynamics. The combination of stuff they can throw at us now is endless.

That's the bad news. The good news is coders are about 98% done with the full emu, right down to clock frequency counters and timers within the maprom. It seems the coders are just as determined to beat the endless possibilities of dynamic hashing, and some are just as brilliant as the very best NDS or Nagra engineers.

It has been far to easy to watch encrypted signals for free for a long time now. Just about any old fta unit would do the trick. This will not be the case in the very near future. People will have to finally retire those old Fortec Lifetimes and Pansat 2500's, and probably a lot more. It's all gonna boil down to who has the best coders. We'll get to see who has the smartest coders, and the best support. The game is far from over, but it is about to change dramatically.

Many of you are watching B3v right now on a Viewsat with a previous bin. Why are these units up and others aren't?
Simple, it is an Emulation of the card, one that wasn't finished yet, but is working for the current B3v hash.

Again, just passing info along. Hope it helps.

On a side note Viewsat coders are the same coders who do Sonicview and Captiveworks so support will not be an issue but many other brands and models will not be able to compete. I have seen some good coders over the years but this group is the best by far !! We will see a solution so until then check back daily for new and releases.

Thank you

Silver Member
Username: Oleg1474

Florida Usa

Post Number: 757
Registered: Aug-06
viewsat/pansat !!!

*** Charlie & Beverly ECM freeze * FIXED *

- Do a hard reboot (power OFF-ON using rear switch) after every update.

===============Thank you !! Oleg PHD.

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Username: Viruscauser

Leesburg, Georgia

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Registered: Mar-07
Emunation released the source code for it's successful version today so there's light at the end of the FTA tunnel once again.

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Username: Ed_zackary

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Registered: Sep-07

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Username: Chicken_little

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Registered: Dec-07

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Username: Ed_zackary

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Username: Fredfarmer

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Registered: Dec-07
How could that be, one of the pulp fiction guys said that was no longer the case?

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Username: Im5150

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Registered: Feb-07

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Username: Oleg1474

Florida Usa

Post Number: 766
Registered: Aug-06
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

As we celebrate the holidays, I want to personally thank you for being part of the FTA.Com family. I hope that you will have an opportunity to relax at least a bit during the holiday break and spend time with family and friends. Use this time to slow the pace a bit, reflect on the things that mean the most, and gain a new perspective on all things in life. That sounds a bit deep, but frankly all it takes is to be with loved ones and truly focus on them rather than the day-to-day work that occupies so much of our lives during these busy times.

From the staff of FTA.Com, have a safe and happy holiday. Thank you !! Oleg PHD.(euroecm@usa);(euroecm@ru)
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