Starforce is an unlikely prot for game discs. It uses a 24-digit key to encrypt the exe...so?
Several protections already use digital keys such as DiscGuard & (sharp-intake-of-breath) CD-Cops. A good reader writer combo will defeat these prots as well as the digital signatures found in many prots - at times, it's like they're not there. Troubles (coasters) with these prots requires careful reading & writing of the subchannels. Yammys, for example, will chuck out error messages like "WARNING, WILL ROBINSON, WARNING - PADDING BLOCKS".
Moderate cost and simplicity of the SF CD-R usage well match its protection capabilities:
SF CD-R does not allow to run the software if the compact disk is identified as a copy. No matter how the copy has been produced (either at home or at an industrial plant), the system will identify that the disk is illegal.
SF CD-R prevents from copying the protected disks by such programs as CloneCD, CDRWin, BlindWrite and similar. The protected applications would not run on the CD emulators like Daemon Tools, Virtual CD-ROM, etc. No special technological equipment is needed to build in the SF CD-R protection, all you need is a computer and an access to one of the Star Force servers(hmmm...gaming on the work LAN?!).
The SF CD-R protected disks are largely compatible with different existing CD/DVD-ROM devices. This is because the SF CD-R implements a unique algorithm of the CD validation which does not involve operation on the physical level.
SF CD-R implements effective protection from the most sophisticated cracking algorithms. The the protected applications are launched without entering the protection key.
The procedure used to build in the SF CD-R protection is very simple, and includes 2 main steps:
Using the client program Star Force CD-R Wizard (SFP Wizard) supplied to the developer, the initial data are entered and the executable file is encrypted on one of the Star Force servers.
Using the SF CD-R Wizard, the extraction of the protected key for the prepared distribution CD is made by the Star Force server. This key will apply only to the disks of the batch which are then written using the CD-Writer
Yeah, like that's gonna fly!