AACS decryption chip... on a PCIe card


Is there some reason why a standard BDXL drive cannot rip an encrypted UHD BD image, and then that image later be decrypted using some bespoke software (that doesn’t currently exist) which uses an AACS chip on a PCIe card (that also doesn’t currently exist)?

I’m sure that distribution of the AACS chips is tightly controlled, but chips can always be taken from broken drives. I’m only curious. I’m not intending to start this is a project. I might buy a card though if they were available.


Drives don’t allow users to access special parts of the discs with sensitive data. The drive can read the data. It just doesn’t allow users to do it. MakeMKV has added a new feature (LibreDrive) that works around this restriction. It’s only used for disc ripping but I suppose that, if it’s properly open-sourced (I’m guessing this won’t happen, at least for now), it could be used by others who wish to do similar things with their non-UHD discs.