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MTB
October 18th, 2001, 19:56
Green dongle approximately, 6~7 years old, about ~1.5 inches (~40 mm) long. Any ideas on what type it is?

Yes I looked at it closely, but the stickers are long gone, and the writing on it is also history.

I have never seen one like this!

Thanks
MTB

Willebul
October 19th, 2001, 03:14
Sounds like a Activator , they came out in different colors , logo on the label was a porcupine

Bengaly
October 19th, 2001, 06:57
Try ask CrackZ..he know dongles as well
or try the HCU pages, mabye there is some info there.
bye

ZaferBSCA
October 20th, 2001, 15:58
yep, it sounds like activator.. many dongle models were in some different colors (eg. hasp; red/white) but what's different in activator is that;
activator protected programs generally fails to run with "no green/yellow/red.. activator plugged" error message.

MTB
October 20th, 2001, 20:46
Ok, I will ask the user if there was ever a porcupine on the decal, the other question to ask the group is does anyone have a IDA signature for this dongle?
Thanks for the info.
MTB

MeteO
October 20th, 2001, 20:46
zafer:

I've never seen HASP with colors other than white and red(also blue - it's TimeHASP)). Sentinel dongle delivered with gray color. Activator/Aegis delivered with green/red/yellow color, Novex with white-gray, Wizzy-key with black such Hardlock...

Willebul
October 22nd, 2001, 04:41
I did some digging on the Activator

Company that did it was called SSI , Software Security, Inc.
dont seem to exist anymore

If you get some of the following files installed it should be an Activator

SSIPDDP.SYS - Parallel Port Physical Device Driver
SSIDDDP.SYS - Parallel Port Virtual Device Driver
SSIVDDP.DLL - DLL used by the Virtual Device Driver

SSIACT.386 - Parallel Port Device Driver
DDINST32.EXE - Win32 Utility to automate device driver i
DDINSTAL.HLP - Help file for DDINSTAL.EXE and DDINST32.EXE
CHECKVDD.EXE - Utility to check for a loaded Virtual Device
CHECKLPT.EXE - Utility that reports the LPT# and Port Address
used by the device driver

Regards
Willebul

MTB
October 22nd, 2001, 17:57
Thanks for all your help fellow reversers, I would be lost without you!

Willebul
Bingo I found some of the files! Thanks.

My next problem >> is this dongle like Hasp or Sentinel or is it a different design software speaking? Does anybody have documentation for the dongle or tutorials for it?


The target was decompiled by W32dasm and IDA, however IDA doesn't recognize the code and comes up with some unintelligent error message. I probably can beat it with W32dasm but prefer to use IDA. Any suggestions on what went wrong?

Thanks
MTB