New output content protection mechanisms planned for Windows Vista protect against hardware attacks while playing premium content and complement the protection against software attacks provided by the Protected Environment in Windows Vista. These output protection mechanisms include:
Protected Video Path - Output Protection Management (PVP-OPM) makes sure that the PC's video outputs have the required protection or that they are turned off if such protection is not available.
Protected Video Path - User-Accessible Bus (PVP-UAB) provides encryption of premium content as it passes over the PCI Express (PCIe) bus to the graphics adapter. This is required when the content owner's policy regards the PCIe bus as a user-accessible bus.
Protected User Mode Audio (PUMA) is the new User Mode Audio (UMA) engine in the Windows Vista Protected Environment that provides a safer environment for audio playback, as well as checking that the enabled outputs are consistent with what the content allows.
Protected Audio Path (PAP) is a future initiative under investigation for how to provide encryption of audio over user accessible buses.
This paper discusses output content protection mechanisms planned for Windows Vista and future versions of Windows.
Included in this white paper:
PVP-OPM: Protected Video Path - Output Protection Management
Graphics Subsystem Authentication
PVP-OPM Initialization and Play Sequences
Output Protection Management Mechanisms
Content Industry Agreement Hardware Robustness Rules
PVP-UAB: Protected Video Path - User-Accessible Bus
Protected User Mode Audio: PUMA
Protected Audio Path: PAP
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