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SOFTG203.UNP	    Breaking Softguard version 2.03 & 2.03A
version 14					    by The Lone Victor

     United States copyright law SPECIFICALLY grants you the right to
make copies of programs you buy on magnetic media.  Programs are copy
protected IN VIOLATION OF YOUR RIGHTS UNDER U.S. LAW.

     Programs that are protected by the Softguard system are distinguished
by the files CML0203.HCL and VDF0203.VDW which are hidden in the root
directory when you install the program on your fixed disk.  The 0203
part of the file names is the Softguard version (2.03) while CML stands
for Common Loader and VDF is the Volume Descriptor File.  The extensions
HCL and VDW stand for Hard-disk Common Loader and Verify Descriptor Working
copy.  In addition, there will be a hidden root file with a .EXE or .LOD
or some other extension.  This is the REAL program, which has been
encrypted and hidden.

     The program <PRODUCT>.COM, in the product directory is the Softguard
miniloader.  All it does is call the Common Loader.  For example, when you
run CLIPPER, the program CLIPPER.COM loads CML0203.HCL high in memory and
runs it.  CML decrypts itself and reads VDF0203.VDW.  The VDF file contains
some code and data from the fixed disk FAT at the time of installation.  By
comparing the information in the VDF file with the current FAT, CML can tell
if the CML, VDF, and CLIPPER.L23 files are in the same place on the disk
where they were installed.  If they have moved, say from a backup & restore,
then CLIPPER will not run.

     This text file is designed to let you unprotect ANY of the programs
using the Softguard 2.03 system.  We will use CLIPPER as an example,
but values for other programs will be included in a table.  This text will
not unprotect any programs using Softguard 2.00.  To unprotect Softguard
2.00, see the file SOFTG200.  Versions 1.00 of dBase III and Framework
used ProLock.  To unprotect Prolock disks read the file PROLOCK.UNP,
also by yours truly.

     This table is an experiment designed to keep down the number of
files uploaded to BBS's.  When I started it, this text file was named
SOFTG203.UN1.  Whenever you add a product to the table (including your
"name" if desired) increment the file name by one and upload it to your
local BBS.  Don't worry about the fact that others will be doing the same.
Higher versions of SOFTG203.UNx will not INSURE that they contain all the
tabulated products, but will be MORE LIKELY to contain them all.
Eventually we'll get them all collected.  (Could this be a new type of
electronic chain letter?)

     If you find a new program to add to the table, just enter the name of
the encrypted, hidden file in the root directory, and it's size, converted
to HEX.  Try it out before you upload it to your BBS.

     If you have any comments on this unprotect routine or the PROLOCK.UNP
routine, please leave them on the Atlanta PCUG BBS (404) 433-0062.

					  The Lone Victor - 7/14/85

♀

	    TABLE OF VALUES FOR VARIOUS PROTECTED PROGRAMS

		  FILE	  FINAL
PRODUCT  VERSION  NAME	   EXT	SIZE:  BX=  CX=        CONTRIBUTOR
------------------------------------------------------------------------

Clipper     1.00  CLIPPER  EXE	BX = 1	CX = 9800  The Lone Victor 7/14/85
Spotlight   1.1   SL	   EXE	BX = 0	CX = 6600  HARD DISK USER  7/25/85
dBASE III Developer's Release
		  DBASE    EXE	BX = 1	CX = C000  Vanishing/|\Point 10/85
dBCODE	    1.62  DBC	   COM	BX = 0	CX = 5A00  Vanishing/|\Point 10/85
dBRUN		  DBRUN    COM	BX = 1	CX = AC00  <<BOLTAR>>	  11/01/85




	USE THE SECOND UNPROTECT METHOD FOR THE FOLLOWING PROGRAMS

		  FILE	  FINAL
PRODUCT  VERSION  NAME	   EXT	SIZE:  BX=  CX=        CONTRIBUTOR
------------------------------------------------------------------------

Clipper     S85   CLIPPER  EXE	BX = 1	CX = 9200  Hate Protection 9/23/85
Doubledos   2.1R  DOUBLEDO EXE	BX = 0	CX = 4800  Godfather	   10/02/85
Sprdsht Auditor 2.00   AU  EXE	BX = 2	CX = 9400  The Lone Victor 10/31/85
Framework II	  FW	   EXE	BX = 3	CX = 7600  <<BOLTAR>> & Co.11/23/85
Disk Optimizer	  OPTIMIZE COM	BX = 0	CX = 4100  CODEBUSTER	  12/05/85
Doubledos   2.1T  DOUBLEDO EXE	BX = 0	CX = 4600  <<BOLTAR>>	  12/28/85
Disk Optimizer for Version 1.2
		  OPTIMIZE EXE	BX = 0	CX = 4600  <<BOLTAR>> & Co.12/28/85
REALIA COBOL 2.0  REALCOB  EXE	BX = 0	CX = 6C00  <<COBOL >>	    3/30/86

	   USE THE THIRD UNPPROTECT METHOD FOR SOFTGUARD 2.03A

		  FILE	  FINAL
PRODUCT  VERSION  NAME	   EXT	SIZE:  BX=  CX=        CONTRIBUTOR
------------------------------------------------------------------------

123	    2.00  123	   EXE	BX = 0	CX = 1C00  The Lone Victor 11/ 4/85
PARADOX     1.00  PARADOX  EXE	BX = 0	CX = 8C30  The Blot	   11/12/85

♀

    The following instructions show you how to bypass the SoftGuard copy
protection scheme using CLIPPER version 1.00 as an example.  To use it
with other products, simply substitute the values in the table above for
the values given below.  The only things that change are the file name,
and the size that goes in the BX:CX register pair.  You can obtain the file
size by loading the encrypted file (e.g. CLIPPER.L23) with DEBUG and doing
the Register command.  The file size is in the BX:CX register pair.



			-- INSTRUCTIONS --

     First, using your valid, original CLIPPER diskette, install it on a
fixed disk.  You cannot use this text to unprotect the floppy directly!
Softguard hides three files in your fixed disk root directory: CML0203.HCL,
VDF0203.VDW, and CLIPPER.L23.  It also copies CLIPPER.COM into your chosen
CLIPPER directory.  CLIPPER L23 is the real CLIPPER program, encrypted.  The
extension of this file does not matter.  It is really an encrypted .EXE file.

     Second, un-hide the three files in the root directory.  You can do
this with the programs ALTER.COM or FM.COM found on any BBS.

     Make copies of the three files, and of CLIPPER.COM, into some other
directory.

     Hide the three root files again using ALTER or FM.

     Following the CLIPPER instructions, UNINSTALL CLIPPER.  You can now
put away your original CLIPPER diskette.  We are done with it.

     Now copy your four saved files back into the root directory and hide
the CML0203.HCL, VDF0203.VDW, and CLIPPER.L23 files using ALTER or FM.

     We can now run CLIPPER.COM using DEBUG, trace just up to the point
where it has decrypted CLIPPER.EXE, then write that file out.

	  ****	USE THE FILE NAME LISTED IN THE TABLE ABOVE  ****
     ****  E.G. USE FW.COM INSTEAD OF CLIPPER.COM FOR FRAMEWORK  ****

debug CLIPPER.com		; name of file that runs the product
r <CR>				; dump debug's registers

	  ****	WRITE DOWN THE VALUE OF DS FOR USE BELOW.  ****
     ****  THIS VALUE IS DEPENDENT ON YOUR PARTICULAR MACHINE. ****

g 4D7				; now we can trace CML
t
g 1B5
t
e cs:A2
	74.EB			; debug reports the 74 here, you enter EB
e cs:127
	E8.90 D2.90 05.90	; you enter the 90's followed by a space.
				; If you get a D1 instead of D2 skip to
				; the next page for the second version 2.03
g 127
a 186
	jmp 1C6
	<CR>			; this second CR gets you out of the assembler
a 22C
	jmp 266
	<CR>
a 420
	mov ax,22
	<CR>
e cs:430
	01.89			; debug reports the 01, you enter 89
a 4CF
	mov bl,7C
	<CR>
g 4E0
g 282
t
g 24D
t
g 59F				; wait while reading VDF & FAT
g=5AA 5BA
g=5C2 9D3			; CLIPPER.EXE has been decrypted

d cs:1E0 L8			; just for grins, here's the password
	       '44250A15'

	      ****  USE THE FILE SIZE LISTED IN THE TABLE ABOVE  ****
	       ****  THE VALUES HERE ARE FOR CLIPPER 1.00 ONLY	****

rBX <CR>
:1				; set BX to 1 for CLIPPER
rCX <CR>
:9800				; set CX to 9800 for CLIPPER

	      ****  USE THE FILE NAME LISTED IN THE TABLE ABOVE  ****

nCLIPPER.bin			; name of file to write to
w XXXX:100			; where XXXX is the value of DS that
				;   you wrote down at the beginning.
q				; quit debug

     Last, unhide and delete the three root files CML0203.HCL, VDF0203.VDW,
and CLIPPER.L23.  Delete CLIPPER.COM and rename CLIPPER.BIN to CLIPPER.EXE.
This is the real CLIPPER program without any SoftGuard code or encryption.
We could not write it out with the .EXE extension because DEBUG cannot write
.EXE files.  Every protected program I have seen has the .EXE extention, but
it is possible to use Softguard to encrypt .COM files too.  See the table
above for the proper extension to put on the decrypted file.

♀
     There is another version of the Softguard system, ALSO labeled 2.03,
but which differs by one byte in part of the CML file and 7 bytes in
another.  If you start to apply the above patches and find some of the
bytes do not match, try the following instructions:

debug CLIPPER.com		; name of file that runs the product
r <CR>				; dump debug's registers

	  ****	WRITE DOWN THE VALUE OF DS FOR USE BELOW.  ****
     ****  THIS VALUE IS DEPENDENT ON YOUR PARTICULAR MACHINE. ****

g 4D7				; now we can trace CML
t
g 1B5
t
e cs:A2
	74.EB			; debug reports the 74 here, you enter EB
e cs:127			; HERE START THE 1 BYTE DIFFERENCES
	E8.90 D1.90 05.90	; you enter the 90's followed by a space.
g 127
a 185
	jmp 1C5
	<CR>			; this second CR gets you out of the assembler
a 22B
	jmp 265
	<CR>
a 41F
	mov ax,22
	<CR>
e cs:42F
	01.89			; debug reports the 01, you enter 89
a 4CE
	mov bl,7A
	<CR>
g 4DF
g 281
t
g 24D
t				; HERE ARE THE 7 BYTE DIFFERENCES
g 5A6				; wait while reading VDF & FAT
g=5B1 5C1
g=5C9 9DA			; CLIPPER.EXE has been decrypted

d cs:1E7 L8			; just for grins, here's the password
	       'SUMMER85'

	      ****  USE THE FILE SIZE LISTED IN THE TABLE ABOVE  ****
	     ****  THE VALUES HERE ARE FOR CLIPPER SUMMER 85 ONLY  ****

rBX <CR>
:1				; set BX to 1 for CLIPPER
rCX <CR>
:9200				; set CX to 9800 for CLIPPER

	      ****  USE THE FILE NAME LISTED IN THE TABLE ABOVE  ****

nCLIPPER.bin			; name of file to write to
w XXXX:100			; where XXXX is the value of DS that
				;   you wrote down at the beginning.
q				; quit debug

REN CLIPPER.BIN CLIPPER.EXE
					  The Lone Victor - 9/20/85
♀

SOFT203A.UNP	    Breaking Softguard version 2.03A
version 1					    by The Lone Victor

     There is a THIRD version of the Softguard system, labeled 2.03A,
which is used by Lotus for 123 release 2.

     First, using your valid, original 123 diskette, install it on a
fixed disk.  You cannot use this text to unprotect the floppy directly!
Softguard hides three files in your fixed disk root directory: CML0203A.HCL,
VDF0203A.VDW, and 123.L2C.  It also copies 123.COM into your chosen 123
directory.  123.L2C is the real 123 loader, encrypted (it loades the 123.CMP
file). The extension of this file does not matter.  It is really an
encrypted .EXE file.

     Second, un-hide the three files in the root directory.  You can do
this with the programs ALTER.COM or FM.COM found on any BBS.

     Make copies of the three files, and of 123.COM, into some other
directory.

     Hide the three root files again using ALTER or FM.

     Following the 123 instructions, UNINSTALL 123.  You can now
put away your original 123 diskette.  We are done with it.

     Now copy your four saved files back into the root directory and hide
the CML0203A.HCL, VDF0203A.VDW, and 123.L2C files using ALTER or FM.

     We can now run 123.COM using DEBUG, trace just up to the point
where it has decrypted 123.EXE, then write that file out.

	  ****	USE THE FILE NAME LISTED IN THE TABLE ABOVE  ****
       ****  E.G. USE FW.COM INSTEAD OF 123.COM FOR FRAMEWORK  ****

debug 123.com			; name of file that runs the product
r <CR>				; dump debug's registers

	  ****	WRITE DOWN THE VALUE OF DS FOR USE BELOW.  ****
     ****  THIS VALUE IS DEPENDENT ON YOUR PARTICULAR MACHINE. ****

g 4FA				; now we can trace CML
t				; this step changes segments into CML
g 1B5
t				; change segments
a 7D	mov ax,cs		; assemble new instruction here over xor ax,ax
e cs:E9 			; NOP out a mov ds,cx instruction
	8E.90 D9.90		; when debug reports 8E. you enter 90 <space>
				; when debug reports D9. you enter 90 <CR>
e cs:F5 			; change a jz instruction into a jmp
	74.EB			; debug reports the 74 here, you enter EB
e cs:107
	8E.90 D8.90		; NOP out a mov ds,ax
e cs:119
	8E.90 D9.90		; NOP out a mov ds,cx
e cs:1AA
	CC.90			; NOP out an int 3
g1AA				; go to this address
e cs:1E6
	CC.90			; NOP out an int 3
e cs:200
	E8.90 FF.90 03.90	; NOP out a call 602
e cs:269
	26.2E			; change an es: to cs:
e cs:26E			; change order of some pop instructions
	1F.5A 5A.59 5F.5B 5B.5F 5E.5E 59.1F
e cs:1B6
	8E.90 DB.90		; NOP out a mov ds.bx
e cs:1DD
	74.EB			; change a jz to a jmp
a 44C
	jmp 4BF 		; jump to some code we need
a 53C
	jmp 455 		; jump back into main line code
a 4E1
	mov bl,10		; provide correct checksum value
e cs:500
	FE.90 C7.90		; NOP out an inc bh
e cs:52B
	8E.90 D9.90		; NOP out a mov ds,cx
g 1E6
t				; trace through two passes
g 1E6
g 290
t				; change segments
g 24D
t				; change segments
e cs:728
	8C.90 1F.90		; NOP out a mov [bx],ds
e cs:431
	89.90 07.90		; NOP out a mov [bx],ds
e cs:5BD
	75.90 03.90		; NOP out a jnz 5C2
e cs:5F0
	89.90 17.90		; NOP out a mov [bx],dx
e cs:5D8
	74.EB			; change a jz to jmp
g A41
g AFA				; 123.EXE has been decrypted

d cs:1F1 L8			; just for grins, here's the password
	       'LOTUSKEY'
e XXXX:100			; where XXXX is the value of DS that
				;   you wrote down at the beginning.
	3B.4D 2E.5A		; programs other than 123 rel 2 may
				; have some numbers here other than 3B 2E

	      ****  USE THE FILE SIZE LISTED IN THE TABLE ABOVE  ****
		 ****  THE VALUES HERE ARE FOR 123 2.00 ONLY  ****

rBX <CR>
:0				; set BX to 0 for 123
rCX <CR>
:1C00				; set CX to 1C00 for 123

	      ****  USE THE FILE NAME LISTED IN THE TABLE ABOVE  ****

n123.bin			; name of file to write to
w XXXX:100			; again XXXX is the original DS value
q				; quit debug

     Last, unhide and delete the three root files CML0203A.HCL, VDF0203A.VDW,
and 123.L2C.  Delete 123.COM and rename 123.BIN to 123.EXE.  This is the
unprotected 123 loader which runs the 123.CMP program.	We could not write it
out with the .EXE extension because DEBUG cannot write .EXE files.

♀te to
w XXXX:100			; again XXXX is the original DS value
q				; quit debug

     Last, unhide and delete the three root files CML0203A.HCL, VDF0203A.VDW,
and 123.L2C.  Delete 123.COM and rename 123.BIN to 123.EXE.  This is the
unprotected 123 loader which runs the 123.CMP program.	We could not write it
out with the .EXE extension because DEBUG cannot write .EXE files.

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