Disabling Green Dam with Dam Burst
Monday, September 28, 2009
Dam Burst is a simple utility that allows an unprivileged user to disable the censorship functionality of the Green Dam Youth Escort software.
Dam Burst operates by injecting code into a running application and removing the Green Dam hooks that enable it to monitor and block user activity, effectively restoring the running application to its original uncensored state.
Unlike other tools that disable or uninstall the Green Dam software, Dam Burst does not require administrative privileges. Since Dam Burst can be run as an unprivileged user to disable the Green Dam censorware in currently running applications, it is very effective in situations where the user is restricted from obtaining administrator privileges and may wish to avoid censorship (eg. public/internet cafe computers that the user may not own).
As a pleasant side effect, disabling the Green Dam components within a running process actually increases the security of the end host as the vulnerable code paths within the Green Dam software are no longer exploitable by an attacker.
Download and Details
The Dam Burst download and technical details on how it operates are available here.