Microsoft Releases Vista Update to Fight 'Monster'
As most of you probably know, Vista was "cracked" last month by a few overly bright villains who came up with a way to bypass the product activation technology.
The Frankenbuild workaround essentially involves cobbling together files from a Vista Release Candidate build with the build that was released to manufacturing in November, to create a hybrid that bypasses activation.
Now, just a few weeks later, Microsoft released an update to prevent people from using this "Frankenbuild" method.
The Vista update released by Microsoft the week of Dec. 12 will use the new Windows Update client in Vista to make the "Frankenbuild" systems to go through a genuine validation check.
The update will only affect systems that are running a specific binary-tampered version of Windows Vista, Microsoft said in a statement.
Unfortunately for Microsoft, many more techniques that bypasses Vista's activation process still exist on the web. My guess is that the next year will be an interesting but frustrating one for Redmond's anti-piracy team.