Two new BlackHole skins for OpenPLi

Matrix10 kindly donated two FullHD skins to OpenPLi community.

First one is MX Graphite. Here is short info:
Skin default in OBH image
Skin format 1920 x 1080
‘icons format 220 x 132 (X Picon)
Used picons from @halus61 VU+C forum
Skin type High speed and performance

Second one is MX HQ7. Here is short info:
Skin default in last Black Hole image
Skin format 1920 x 1080
Picons format 220 x 132 (X Picon)
Used picons from @halus61 VU+C forum
Skin type modern OS High speed and performance

For more information and downloads please visit OpenPLi forum.


CI+ modules can be now used on Vu+ and DM receivers

Recently something came to the surface regarding CI+ modules. First some guys uploaded plugin for new Dreambox receiver 7080HD which uses new version of Enigma. You can get more information here:

Few days ago VTi released new image for Vu+ receiver which has embedded support for CI+ modules. Their official changelog does not contain information about CI+ support but they have added it. More information is available on their forum

Feedback is positive (German users are especially happy as lots of their providers uses CI+ modules) but I am afraid that Vu+ doesn’t have license for CI+ and that CI+ support in VTi is illegal. You may still use it though, just like you use CS. Do not expect official support for OpenPLi and OpenPLi based images unless Vu+ has license for CI+. We may get unofficial built OpenPLi with added support but this is pure speculation.


Having problem with EPG import (Rytec packages)?

Due to abuse of XMLTV files that are used by popular EPG importer that OpenPLi uses and which is maintained by OpenPLi forum user “Doglover”, OpenPLi guys did some changes and update of plugin sources is now mandatory. Here is what you need to do in telnet:

opkg update
opkg upgrade enigma2-plugin-extensions-xmltvimport-rytec

You should be good to go then but there is even better solution to this problem. You should just update the image to the latest version. If you are running old ViX, OpenATV or even OpenPLI 2.1/3.0, you need to reflash asap.


OpenATV 5.0 preview

OpenATV team released promotional video for their newest image 5.0. List of changes is short, nothing spectacular to be honest:
1. Update Pyhton von Version 2.7.3 auf Verson 2.7.9
2. Update gcc Compilier 4.9.1 auf 4.9.2
3. Update gclib 2.20 auf 2.21
4. Update Busybox Version 1.22.1 auf Version 1.23.1
5. Bitbake 1.23 auf Bitbake 1.27
6. Oe-Core November 2014 auf März/April 2015
7. Gstreamer 1.x for Vu+ and DM models


PowerVu encryption hacked?

User Colibri (I do not know who this is, but he apparently also hacked BISS encryption and is well known among American sat enthusiasts) revealed that he managed to crack PowerVu encryption. In Europe there are a few frequencies on 4.8e, 0.8w, 4w and 9e that have PowerVu encrypted channels. They are used by cable TV companies, normal users cannot watch these channel as subscription cards cannot be bought. Please use search option on kingofsat if you want to get detailed list of channels. Please don’t ask me for more information because I don’t have it.

More information about hack is available here: Forum will be opened soon here:

Short information from this page:

Indicates Frequency has been logged and keys are being brute forced. Finding the keys for nearly 1000 channels will take many months, so please be patient. Once keys are discovered, the community will be updated here.

We kindly ask hobbyists to scan every satellite and update us on any new PowerVu transponders you find (including periodic feeds that use PowerVu). We also need help with logging PowerVu EMMs in Europe and Asia.

And here is text from Wikipedia (text was deleted):

In November 2014, rumors of a PowerVu hack started circulating on various internet forums. The owner of a well known American satellite forum ( claimed to have seen proof of a PowerVu hack, including descrambled video of Fedex Corporate broadcasts which are PowerVu encrypted on the American communications satellite AMC 1 (103W).

On Friday December 05, 2014 at 9:44 am, the hacker Colibri posted a link to his Magnum Opus (the culmination of nearly a decade of original cryptographic research on PowerVu) on a little known North American satellite forum ( It is unknown why Colibri chose this forum for his announcement, but some have speculated that he chose this forum because it specializes in North American C-band satellite backhauls, the majority of which are encrypted using the PowerVu conditional access system.

In his Magnum Opus, Colibri identifies a critical security flaw in the PowerVu encryption of Entitlement Management Messages (EMMs) which can be used in a brute force attack to discover the unique 56 bit key assigned to each authorized Scientific Atlanta IRD. Once this key is found, it can be used to decrypt Entitlement Control Messages (ECMs) which contain the needed keys for video and audio decryption.

Unfortunately, the key space (2^56 keys) for such an attack is too large to be carried out on ordinary computer hardware. Instead, Colibri suggests that hackers log over 131,000 (2^17) different EMMs (if available) and brute force a much smaller key space (2^39), which he has shown can be done in several days with a GeForce GTX 470 CUDA card.

The only PowerVu broadacasts that are known to have over 131,000 authorized IRDs are the American Forces Network (AFN on Eutelsat9A-9.0E) which issues Scientific Atlanta receivers to American military service members around the world. The majority of C-band satellite broadcasts (e.g., Discovery Channel, CNN, etc.) which are secured by PowerVu utilize no more than a few hundred authorized IRDs (issued mostly to cable headends) and some specialty channels use less than a dozen, rendering a brute force attack (2^48 key space at best) extremely difficult, if not impossible, even with parallel computing. For example, it would take nearly 2 years to brute force the EMM key for a single IRD (and thus a single channel), using Colibri’s GeForce GTX 470 CUDA setup and assuming 256 EMMs were logged that belonged to 256 unique and authorized IRDs.

Even if keys could be brute forced in a reasonable time frame, such keys could easily be blacklisted by PowerVu if they were ever made public.

As of the time of writing (December 18, 2014), PowerVu has not yet issued any stream updates to close the exploit discovered by Colibri and no practical hardware hack has been released to allow unauthorized viewing of C-band satellite backhauls, but for the first time in nearly twenty years, this is the closest hackers have come to pirating C-band satellite transmissions since Videocipher II was hacked in the 1990s.

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