Re: Is the RAR archiver freely distributable?
Dmitry Alexandrov dijo [Wed, Nov 09, 2016 at 12:19:19AM +0300]:
> >> > If so I will consider whether to write a cracker or key generator for
> >> > RAR and upload it to unstable!
> >> Do you really belive that *this* is acceptable? This kind of
> >> software (‘cracks’ at least) is illegal in many jurisdictions.
> > Key recovery tools for weakly encrypted archive formats have been
> > common for decades. There are probably some in Debian already.
> Are ‘key recovery tools’ illegal somewhere? Tools for circumventing
> digital restristions measures definitely are.
If you use them on files you legally own, they are legal. They will be
illegal for cracking content for which you should not have access.
The tool cannot differentiate, it can only do its job.