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Valeroa's Anti-Temper Tech has been Cracked

City Patrol: Police was cracked after three days

Valeroa's Anti-Temper Tech has been Cracked

Valeroa's Anti-Temper Tech has been Cracked

Valeroa markets itself as a consumer-friendly alternative to Denuvo, a software anti-tamper technology that promised to work with offline games, provide no frame drops when used with gaming applications and incur no unnecessary wear on HDDs or SSDs.   

While the performance impact of Denuvo is a hotly debated topic, Valeroa promises to mitigate the perceived issue entirely, promising game developers to protect their games around launch while presenting no downsides to gamers. Perhaps the most noteworthy change is that Valeroa doesn't limit the number of hardware changes PC, preventing the "Denuvo Lockout" issue that plagues benchmarkers, reviewers and other hardware testers. 

Valeroa doesn't promise that their protection will never be cracked, which is perhaps a good thing given today's news. Valeroa's anti-tamper tech/protection has been broken, a mere three days after the launch of its first protected game, City Patrol: Police. 

At this time it is unknown whether or not Valeroa has plans to improve their protection for future game releases, or if any other games plan to utilise the technology at this time. City Patrol: Police isn't exactly a well-known release, with the majority of the game's Steam reviews being of free copies of the game. At this time most of the game's reviews are negative. 

The first crack for Valeroa was created by a group called Steam006, who stated that "This "DRM" must be a joke, I hope the devs didn't pay for this" in a recent forum post, which doesn't inspire confidence in Valeroa's long-term success. That being said, it is possible that City Patrol: Police's implementation of Valeroa could be at fault. 

Valeroa's Anti-Temper Tech has been Cracked  

While the aims of Valeroa are positive for consumers, the purpose of anti-tamper technology is to prevent hackers from creating pirated versions of the software/game, something which Valeroa has failed at with City Patrol: Police. Denuvo took years to crack for the first time, giving developers plenty of reasons to consider using the technology, and while Valeroa targets indie developers as an affordable offering, it has done little to inspire confidence in their product.   

As a small aside, please note that anti-tamper technology is not DRM, though the words have been used interchangeably by consumers in recent years. Anti-tamper technology is designed to work with DRM solutions, such as storefront-based solutions like Steam DRM, to prevent it from being removed from the game/software or bypassed. Valeroa and Denuvo are not DRM. 

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03-12-2018, 05:21:25

NeverBackDown
This stuff will always get cracked. Just a matter of time. The harder you say it is to break the more hackers will want to try there skillsQuote

03-12-2018, 06:04:17

AlienALX
Instead of continuing the discussion in Quick News I will say what I was going to say here instead.

Instead of the little piggies trying to protect their money and etc I wish they would concentrate more on making the games. This year (I'm not into Westerns) has been the worst I can remember. Not one decent game I've actually wanted to play.

And the ones I did? sheesh. FO76 is a disaster. The other one? (Overkill TWD) is apparently not very good (50% reviews)* but my pal and I were so desperate for something to play that we bought it any way. Turns out that I can run the graphics at a whopping 1300x768. I had to start hacking around INI files to make the bloody thing work.

It's a joke.

*We've played two levels and are enjoying it tbh. I guess it shows that sometimes you gotta follow your gut and not the reviews. But technically? yeah, it's flawed pretty badly. The game launches and it goes straight into a cut scene without even letting you near the menu ffs.Quote

03-12-2018, 06:15:34

tgrech
Yep, often whenever you want to make a piece of software "Copy protected", generally the assumption is you make it hard and long enough to retrieve the data in a readable/usable form that no one would consider it worth their time or effort to do so(A good rule is if the product costs significantly less than the value of the number of hours it'd take to crack it then it's Good Enough). With indie games of course the amount of time someone would invest in cracking it and the amount of people attempting it plummets compared to a AAA game. But my guess is someone found more value in cracking this for the sake of having cracked it than to actually access the game.Quote

03-12-2018, 08:13:10

looz
Article says: "Valeroa and Denuvo are not DRM."


While anti-tamper is a component of Denuvo and something rest of its features hinges on, it has multiple components. One of which, according to their website is Application License Management: "Controls access and restricts usage of copyrighted works deployable on any application. Denuvo’s engine includes floating / single-use license management and online encryption toolkits."


If that isn't DRM I don't know what is. Quote
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