Potentially Unsafe 2WIRE and Clear 4G Modems

Your modem is probably not safe. 

This was just something I ran across while scanning my own servers. I own an AT&T 2WIRE gateway/modem/router and a wireless Clear 4G modem for mobile use.  I have seen some questions regarding the open ports on forums, I thought I would dig deeper and provide a detailed analysis. AT&T customers using the standard 2WIRE modem/routers will find that port 443 (HTTPS) is open by default on the modem (to the internet) despite not being added in any port forwarding rule. I found no option or setting in the firmware to modify this or close the port.

Using a /24 subnet, I was able to discover port 443 open on 55 different hosts from the subnet. Extensive testing was done on my own device using default firmware. IP addresses are withheld.


FYI : In these instances I’m using the Nmap flags -sV to determine service and version info, the –script=banner flag to grab additional banner information from the service, the –open flag is handy for only returning hosts with the open port, and the -p for port number.

nmap -sV –script=banner –open xx.xx.xx.1/24 -p 443

Nmap scan report for x-x-x-4.lightspeed.hstntx.sbcglobal.net (x.x.x.4)
Host is up (0.041s latency).
443/tcp open ssl/http mini_httpd 1.19 19dec2003

Nmap scan report for x-x-x-5.lightspeed.hstntx.sbcglobal.net (x.x.x.5)
Host is up (0.0077s latency).
443/tcp open ssl/http mini_httpd 1.19 19dec2003

Nmap scan report for x-x-x-41.lightspeed.hstntx.sbcglobal.net (x.x.x.41)
Host is up (0.048s latency).
443/tcp open ssl/http mini_httpd 1.19 19dec2003

All hosts appear to be running Mini_httpd 1.19 which is the latest and LAST version of the software. Several vulnerabilities are available for version 1.19.
Vulnerability Summary for CVE-2009-4490 : Mini_httpd 1.19 writes data to a log file without sanitizing non-printable characters, which might allow remote attackers to modify a window’s title, or possibly execute arbitrary commands or overwrite files, via an HTTP request containing an escape sequence for a terminal emulator.


  • The host returned nothing when accessing it via web browser “Error 324 (net::ERR_EMPTY_RESPONSE): The server closed the connection without sending any data.”  Several of the hosts, (not all of them) returned a 501 Not implemented response code with additional data in the Nmap scan, indicating the web server does not understand or support the current methods being sent to it.
  • Definition : “This error should be very rare in any Web browser. It is more likely if the client is not a Web browser – particularly if the Web server is old. In either case if the client has specified a valid request type, then the Web server is either responding incorrectly or simply needs to be upgraded.”

Host is up (0.080s latency).
443/tcp open ssl/sip mini_httpd/1.19/bhoc 23sep2004 (Status: 501 Not Implemented)
SF:n:\x20close\r\n\r\n\n501\x20Not\x20Implemented</<span class=”hiddenSpellError” pre=””>TITL</span>

The Vulnerability scan results returned 8 Medium Vulnerabilities and 2 Low, all for port 443 HTTPS.

Vulnerabilities By Plugin
15901 (1) – SSL Certificate Expiry
20007 (1) – SSL Version 2 (v2) Protocol Detection
26928 (1) – SSL Weak Cipher Suites Supported
42873 (1) – SSL Medium Strength Cipher Suites Supported
51192 (1) – SSL Certificate Cannot Be Trusted
57582 (1) – SSL Self-Signed Certificate
42880 (1) – SSL / TLS Renegotiation Handshakes MiTM Plaintext Data Injection
65821 (1) – SSL RC4 Cipher Suites Supported
11219 (2) – Nessus SYN scanner
22964 (2) – Service Detection
10107 (1) – HTTP Server Type and Version
10287 (1) – Traceroute Information
10863 (1) – SSL Certificate Information
11936 (1) – OS Identification
12053 (1) – Host Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) Resolution
19506 (1) – Nessus Scan Information
21643 (1) – SSL Cipher Suites Supported
24260 (1) – HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP) Information
25220 (1) – TCP/IP Timestamps Supported
31422 (1) – Reverse NAT/Intercepting Proxy Detection
45590 (1) – Common Platform Enumeration (CPE)
50845 (1) – OpenSSL Detection
54615 (1) – Device Type
56984 (1) – SSL / TLS Versions Supported
62563 (1) – SSL Compression Methods Supported


Port 3479/tcp is also commonly found to be open. It may be used for several services including Remote Procedure Call and trojans.

“The 2Wire protocol associated with the system port 3749 is described as a modified XML based RPC which allows HomePortal devices to create a communication link with the datacenter. This communication foundation is used for receiving of contents, updates and programming of related devices. This protocol intends to mitigate communication issues that may hamper effective transmission interface. ”

nmap -sV –script=banner –open xx.xx.xx.6 -p 3479

3479/tcp open unknown

Results from vulnerability scan inform us that the remote web server type is :2Wire TR-069 , Remote operating system : Linux Kernel 2.4, Linux Kernel 2.6. From the results we are able to obtain the type of modem in use ‘2WIRE’, the architecture  ‘x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu’, and the remote time ‘Date:\20Thu,\ 2011\20Jul\ 20201320,:00:00:18\20GMT’.


 Clear 4G

Clear 4G customers were also found to have port 53 (DNS) and sometimes 49152, 49154 open. If there was a DNS server running, this would be acceptable. Again there is no option to close this port.The only DNS option in the firmware is to enable OpenDNS, which does not require you to run a DNS server.

nmap -sV –script=banner –open -p 53 x.x.x.1/24

Starting Nmap 5.21 ( http://nmap.org ) at 2013-07-10 18:12 CDT
NSE: Script Scanning completed.

Nmap scan report for  x-x-x-13.hou.clearwire-wmx.net (x.x.x.13)
Host is up (0.13s latency).
53/tcp open tcpwrapped

Nmap scan report for  x-x-x-19.hou.clearwire-wmx.net (x.x.x.19)
Host is up (0.13s latency).
53/tcp open tcpwrapped

Nmap scan report for x-x-x-24.hou.clearwire-wmx.net (x.x.x.24)
Host is up (0.13s latency).
53/tcp open tcpwrapped


Port 53 appears to be open on all of the alive hosts indicating its open on every modem, while 49152 and 49154 are open less often and sometimes both open on the same host. Not really a big deal.

Port 49154 – Xsan Filesystem Access  http://www.speedguide.net/port.php?port=49154
Port 49152 – uTorrent, and Azureus/Vuze p2p torrent clients often use this port.  http://www.speedguide.net/port.php?port=49152

Conclusion? These modems are shipping with firmware that discloses system information, possibly running vulnerable software, I’m testing out a few things such as the Mini_httpd vulnerabilities against the 2WIRE, and will throw a few other things at both the Clear4G and AT&T modems to see if direct access is obtainable.  Several local vulnerabilities and authentication bypasses are available for these modems, however Remote Access is what it’s all about.  I will update this post with results when I have time. Additional information and comments are welcome. My only suggestion is if you are truly paranoid, use your own router and set the Gateway/Modem to Bridged-Mode.


Windows 10 telemetry network traffic analysis, part 1 (CheesusCrust)

This is from CheesusCrust on voat.co. I thought this needed to be mirrored before Google removed the cached copy. Here is the original thread in which the posting comment has been deleted. 

Windows 10 telemetry network traffic analysis, part 1: (v/technology)

submitted 7 days ago by CheesusCrust

Like many of you, I am concerned about the telemetry, spying and other surveillance features, known or unknown, of Windows 10. It has concerned me enough to push me to Linux Mint as my main operating system. Even so, I wanted to better understand Windows 10, but internet search results for a decent windows 10 traffic analysis leave a lot to be desired. As such, I decided to do my own investigating on what, exactly, Windows 10 is doing traffic-wise, and post the results. For this analysis, I wanted to simply analyse the network traffic of Windows 10 on a clean install, and just let it sit and run without using it.

What I have done for this analysis:

  1. I have installed DD-WRT on a router connected to the internet and configured remote logging to the Linux Mint laptop in #2.
  2. I have installed Linux Mint on a laptop, and setup rsyslog to accept remote logging from the DD-WRT router.
  3. I have installed Virtualbox on the Linux Mint laptop, and installed Windows 10 EnterprisePNGPNG on Virtualbox. I have chosen the customized installation option where I disabled three pages of tracking options.
  4. I have configured the DD-WRT router to drop and log all connection attempts via iptables through the DD-WRT router by Windows 10 Enterprise.
  5. Aside from installing Windows 10 Enterprise, and verifying the internet connection through ipconfig and ping yahoo.com, I have not used the Windows 10 installation at all (the basis for the first part of this analysis)
  6. Let Windows 10 Enterprise run overnight for about 8 hours (while I slept).
  7. I use perl to parse the data out of syslog files and insert said data into a Mysql database.
  8. I use perl to obtain route data from whois.radb.net, as well as nslookup PTR data, and insert that into the Mysql database.
  9. Lastly, I query and format the data for analyzing.

Here is the roughly 8-hour network traffic analysis of 5508 connection attempts of an unused, base install of Windows 10 Enterprise (NOTE: I did not remove any 192.168.1.x home network IP addresses from the analysis):

individual connection attempts by IP address,port, and protocol:

select distinct(ip_address),port,protocol,count(ip_address) as attempts from rejected_connections group by ip_address order by attempts desc;

ip_address port protocol attempts 3544 UDP 1619 443 TCP 764 53 UDP 630 137 UDP 602 443 TCP 271 443 TCP 242 443 TCP 189 443 TCP 158 80 TCP 107 80 TCP 96 443 TCP 83 443 TCP 63 80 TCP 45 80 TCP 45 443 TCP 29 443 TCP 27 80 TCP 21 80 TCP 21 443 TCP 19 443 TCP 18 80 TCP 18 443 TCP 18 443 TCP 18 443 TCP 16 443 TCP 15 80 TCP 14 80 TCP 14 443 TCP 14 443 TCP 13 443 TCP 12 443 TCP 12 80 TCP 12 80 TCP 12 80 TCP 11 443 TCP 9 443 TCP 9 443 TCP 9 443 TCP 9 80 TCP 9 443 TCP 9 80 TCP 9 80 TCP 9 80 TCP 8 443 TCP 8 80 TCP 8 80 TCP 8 443 TCP 7 80 TCP 6 443 TCP 6 80 TCP 6 80 TCP 6 80 TCP 6 443 TCP 6 443 TCP 6 80 TCP 6 80 TCP 6 80 TCP 6 443 TCP 5 80 TCP 5 80 TCP 4 443 TCP 4 443 TCP 3 443 TCP 3 443 TCP 3 80 TCP 3 443 TCP 3 80 TCP 3 80 TCP 3 3544 UDP 3 123 UDP 3 80 TCP 3 443 TCP 3 80 TCP 3 443 TCP 3 80 TCP 3 80 TCP 3 443 TCP 3 443 TCP 3 80 TCP 2 443 TCP 2 80 TCP 2 80 TCP 1 80 TCP 1 443 TCP 1 3544 UDP 1 443 TCP 1 3544 UDP 1 443 TCP 1 443 TCP 1 443 TCP 1 443 TCP 1 80 TCP 1 80 TCP 1 80 TCP 1 80 TCP 1

CheesusCrust [S] 57 points (+58|-1) 7 days ago

Extended data for each distinct connection attempt:

select distinct(t1.ip_address),nslookup,port,protocol,connection_attempts,route,origin,description from (select distinct(ip_address) as ip_address,port,protocol,count(ip_address) as connection_attempts from rejected_connections group by ip_address order by connection_attempts desc ) as t1 join (select distinct(ip_address) as ip_address,nslookup,route,origin,description from routing_data group by ip_address) as t2 where t1.ip_address=t2.ip_address order by connection_attempts desc;

ip_address nslookup port protocol connection_attempts route origin description 3544 UDP 1619 AS8075 MICROSOFT 443 TCP 764 AS8075 MICROSOFT msnbot-65-52-108-92.search.msn.com 443 TCP 271 AS8075 MICROSOFT 443 TCP 242 AS8075 MICROSOFT-CORP-MSN-AS-BLOCK msnbot-65-55-252-43.search.msn.com 443 TCP 189 AS8075 MICROSOFT msnbot-65-52-108-29.search.msn.com 443 TCP 158 AS8075 MICROSOFT 80 TCP 107 AS8075 MICROSOFT-CORP-MSN-AS-BLOCK 80 TCP 96 AS8075 MICROSOFT-CORP-MSN-AS-BLOCK 443 TCP 83 AS8075 MICROSOFT-CORP-MSN-AS-BLOCK a-0001.a-msedge.net 443 TCP 63 AS8151 Microsoft Corporation a23-74-8-99.deploy.static.akamaitechnologies.com 80 TCP 45 AS20940 Akamai Technologies a23-74-8-80.deploy.static.akamaitechnologies.com 80 TCP 45 AS20940 Akamai Technologies 443 TCP 29 AS8075 MICROSOFT 443 TCP 27 AS8075 MICROSOFT-CORP-MSN-AS-BLOCK a23-67-60-73.deploy.static.akamaitechnologies.com 80 TCP 21 AS7922 Comcast Cable Communications, Inc. msnbot-65-52-108-27.search.msn.com 80 TCP 21 AS8075 MICROSOFT 443 TCP 19 AS8075 MICROSOFT 443 TCP 18 AS8075 MICROSOFT-CORP-MSN-AS-BLOCK a23-67-60-97.deploy.static.akamaitechnologies.com 80 TCP 18 AS7922 Comcast Cable Communications, Inc. 443 TCP 18 AS8075 MICROSOFT-CORP-MSN-AS-BLOCK 443 TCP 18 AS8075 MICROSOFT 443 TCP 16 AS8075 MICROSOFT-CORP-MSN-AS-BLOCK 443 TCP 15 AS8075 MICROSOFT-CORP-MSN-AS-BLOCK 80 TCP 14 AS8075 MICROSOFT-CORP-MSN-AS-BLOCK a104-73-92-149.deploy.static.akamaitechnologies.com 80 TCP 14 AS31377 Akamai Technologies 443 TCP 14 AS8075 MICROSOFT 443 TCP 13 AS8075 MICROSOFT 443 TCP 12 AS8075 MICROSOFT 443 TCP 12 AS8075 MICROSOFT-CORP-MSN-AS-BLOCK 80 TCP 12 AS8075 MICROSOFT-CORP-MSN-AS-BLOCK a23-210-63-75.deploy.static.akamaitechnologies.com 80 TCP 12 AS16625 Akamai Technologies 80 TCP 11 AS8075 MICROSOFT 443 TCP 9 AS8075 MICROSOFT-CORP-MSN-AS-BLOCK 443 TCP 9 AS8075 MICROSOFT-CORP-MSN-AS-BLOCK 443 TCP 9 AS8075 MICROSOFT-CORP-MSN-AS-BLOCK 443 TCP 9 AS8075 MICROSOFT-CORP-MSN-AS-BLOCK a23-193-225-197.deploy.static.akamaitechnologies.com 80 TCP 9 AS20940 Akamai Technologies 443 TCP 9 AS8075 MICROSOFT-CORP-MSN-AS-BLOCK a104-73-160-51.deploy.static.akamaitechnologies.com 80 TCP 9 AS31377 Akamai Technologies a104-73-160-16.deploy.static.akamaitechnologies.com 80 TCP 9 AS31377 Akamai Technologies a23-210-5-16.deploy.static.akamaitechnologies.com 80 TCP 8 AS31377 Akamai Technologies 443 TCP 8 AS8075 MICROSOFT 80 TCP 8 AS8075 MICROSOFT-CORP-MSN-AS-BLOCK a23-217-138-11.deploy.static.akamaitechnologies.com 80 TCP 8 AS7922 Akamai Technologies a23-193-230-88.deploy.static.akamaitechnologies.com 443 TCP 7 AS20940 Akamai Technologies 80 TCP 6 AS13335 CloudFlare, Inc.665 3rd Street Suite 200San Francisco, California 94107US 443 TCP 6 AS8075 MICROSOFT-CORP-MSN-AS-BLOCK 80 TCP 6 AS13335 CloudFlare, Inc.665 3rd Street Suite 200San Francisco, California 94107US 80 TCP 6 AS13335 CloudFlare, Inc.665 3rd Street Suite 200San Francisco, California 94107US 80 TCP 6 AS13335 CloudFlare, Inc.665 3rd Street Suite 200San Francisco, California 94107US a104-73-143-160.deploy.static.akamaitechnologies.com 443 TCP 6 AS31377 Akamai Technologies 443 TCP 6 AS8075 MICROSOFT 80 TCP 6 AS13335 CloudFlare, Inc.665 3rd Street Suite 200San Francisco, California 94107US 80 TCP 6 AS15133 EdgeCast Networks, Inc. a23-193-236-70.deploy.static.akamaitechnologies.com 443 TCP 5 AS20940 Akamai Technologies 80 TCP 5 AS15133 EdgeCast Networks, Inc. a23-217-138-25.deploy.static.akamaitechnologies.com 80 TCP 4 AS7922 Akamai Technologies 443 TCP 4 AS8075 MICROSOFT-CORP-MSN-AS-BLOCK 443 TCP 3 AS8075 MICROSOFT-CORP-MSN-AS-BLOCK 443 TCP 3 AS8075 MICROSOFT a104-73-153-9.deploy.static.akamaitechnologies.com 443 TCP 3 AS31377 Akamai Technologies a23-9-123-27.deploy.static.akamaitechnologies.com 80 TCP 3 AS16625 Akamai Technologies 3544 UDP 3 AS8075 MICROSOFT 123 UDP 3 AS8075 MICROSOFT a104-91-188-21.deploy.static.akamaitechnologies.com 80 TCP 3 AS20940 Akamai Technologies 443 TCP 3 AS8075 MICROSOFT-CORP-MSN-AS-BLOCK a23-217-138-122.deploy.static.akamaitechnologies.com 80 TCP 3 AS7922 Akamai Technologies 443 TCP 3 AS8075 MICROSOFT 80 TCP 3 AS13335 CloudFlare, Inc.665 3rd Street Suite 200San Francisco, California 94107US 80 TCP 3 AS13335 CloudFlare, Inc.665 3rd Street Suite 200San Francisco, California 94107US a23-210-48-42.deploy.static.akamaitechnologies.com 443 TCP 3 AS16625 Akamai Technologies 443 TCP 3 AS8075 MICROSOFT-CORP-MSN-AS-BLOCK a23-217-138-18.deploy.static.akamaitechnologies.com 80 TCP 2 AS7922 Akamai Technologies a23-193-238-90.deploy.static.akamaitechnologies.com 443 TCP 2 AS20940 Akamai Technologies a23-217-138-90.deploy.static.akamaitechnologies.com 80 TCP 2 AS7922 Akamai Technologies a23-217-138-43.deploy.static.akamaitechnologies.com 80 TCP 1 AS7922 Akamai Technologies a23-67-60-65.deploy.static.akamaitechnologies.com 80 TCP 1 AS7922 Comcast Cable Communications, Inc. 443 TCP 1 AS8075 MICROSOFT 3544 UDP 1 AS8075 MICROSOFT 443 TCP 1 AS8075 MICROSOFT 3544 UDP 1 AS8075 MICROSOFT 443 TCP 1 AS8075 MICROSOFT msnbot-65-52-108-94.search.msn.com 443 TCP 1 AS8075 MICROSOFT 443 TCP 1 AS8075 MICROSOFT-CORP-MSN-AS-BLOCK a104-73-138-217.deploy.static.akamaitechnologies.com 443 TCP 1 AS31377 Akamai Technologies a104-91-166-82.deploy.static.akamaitechnologies.com 80 TCP 1 AS20940 Akamai Technologies a104-73-160-58.deploy.static.akamaitechnologies.com 80 TCP 1 AS31377 Akamai Technologies 80 TCP 1 AS8075 MICROSOFT-CORP-MSN-AS-BLOCK a23-217-138-97.deploy.static.akamaitechnologies.com 80 TCP 1 AS7922 Akamai Technologies

I plan on letting this setup run as is for awhile longer (hours? days? weeks?) to get a more complete snapshop of connection attempts before I move on to further analysis of Windows 10.

Large botnet on

Large botnet running on irc.private-life.biz (Leaseweb)
A /list shows one room. This room had 2,300 users in it at one point. Also in use are #attackroom1 #attackroom2 #attackroom3
Looks to be the Athena bot. http://www.secret-zone.net/f122/athena-irc-bot-v2-3-5-cracked-enraged-5895/

The botmaster. Using a VPN service in the Ukraine.
* [madd3] (madd3@private-life.biz): John Smith
* [madd3] #chatroom
* [madd3] irc.private-life.biz :Life Server
* [madd3] is a Network Administrator
* [madd3] is available for help.
* [madd3] idle 00:00:28, signon: Tue Sep 17 15:58:59
* [madd3] End of WHOIS list.

Sites being attacked :
http://blockchain.info (sendgrid.com) Voice.chati.us
[There were some other financial sites being attacked earlier as well]

Output from IRC Server
*** Looking up your hostname…
* *** Found your hostname
* Welcome to the ROXnet IRC Network user!user@nop.nop.vpn
* Your host is irc.private-life.biz, running version Unreal3.2.10.1
* This server was created Thu Aug 15 2013 at 05:06:01 CEST
* irc.private-life.biz Unreal3.2.10.1 iowghraAsORTVSxNCWqBzvdHtGpI lvhopsmntikrRcaqOALQbSeIKVfMCuzNTGjZ

TOPICLEN=307 KICKLEN=307 AWAYLEN=307 MAXTARGETS=20 :are supported by this server


STATUSMSG=~&@%+ :are supported by this server
* There are 1 users and 460 invisible on 1 servers
* 1 :operator(s) online
* 10 :unknown connection(s)
* 2 :channels formed
* I have 461 clients and 0 servers
* 461 20000 :Current local users 461, max 20000
* 461 2923 :Current global users 461, max 2923

Channel Users Topic
#chatroom 496 [+sntVCT]

DNSCrypt Install on Ubuntu 12.04

For Windows, DNSCrypt is a simple install from an executable file. For Linux, not so much. This guide is for installing DNSCrypt in Ubuntu 12.04 (x86_64). 

I found several instructions on how to get this software working properly with no single bullet proof method. I pieced together several parts from different instructions and came up with the most simple solution possible.

First off download the dnscrypt tarball from http://download.dnscrypt.org/dnscrypt-proxy/  I found version 1.3.0 to work better as I had some issues installing 1.3.1.

You will probably need the libsodium package too which can be downloaded here https://download.libsodium.org/libsodium/releases/  The latest version should work fine and this will be installed first.

I also recommend installing the build-essential packages in case you’re missing compilers.

apt-get install build-essential

Untar the libsodium package and install

tar -xvzf libsodium-0.4.2.tar.gz

cd libsodium-libsodium-0.4.2

sudo ./configure

make && make install

Do the same for the dnscrypt package

tar -xvzf dnscrypt-proxy-1.3.0.tar.gz

cd dnscrypt-proxy-1.3.0

sudo ./configure


make install

You will need to make some changes to your DNS settings in the Connection Manager. Open it and Edit Connections. Find your connection Wired/Wireless and go to the IPv4 settings tab. Change method to ‘Automatic (DHCP) addresses only‘ and enter the IP in the DNS Servers box. In Ubuntu 12.04, a local DNS cache is running on so .2 is required.

In a terminal, issue the command :

sudo dnscrypt-proxy -a –edns-payload-size=4096 –pidfile=/run/dnscrypt-proxy.pid –user=dnscrypt

If successful, you should see something similar to the following. I’m using OpenDNS through my router so the DNS server shows up.

[INFO] Generating a new key pair
[INFO] Done
[INFO] Server certificate #1234567890 received
[INFO] This certificate looks valid
[INFO] Server key fingerprint is ……….
[INFO] Proxying from to

A simple tcpdump will tell you if everything is working properly. If DNS requests are going over 443 with encrypted UDP packets, everything should be working, if its still using 53 and you can see the hosts being queried, somethings wrong.

‘tcpdump -i eth0 port 443’

Output should be similar to this….

20:22:02.070686 IP ubuntu.local.40117 > resolver2.opendns.com.https: UDP, length 324

E..`: ..@..G
.c..I.T”…m5._|.C..0.U.GA…..$V..2…T&.U…..o…0HO.{..K.L.%.G…K.’……    .}.!…..$.Ex….S.geN……….a.T….0..L..n..\..4..,..H4.~z…..!..6xu..-.i…U..+z…….;.”.n..

Dirt3 PC Fix

Dirt3 for PC does not launch without some additional software sadly. I looked around the forums and answers were spread out as usual. Here’s the definite fix because no one seems to have it all in one location.

Assuming you have Steam installed and are signed in, and you have downloaded Dirt3

Start > run > services.msc

This will bring up the services management.  Ensure that ‘Background Intelligent Transfer Service‘ and ‘Windows Live ID Sign-In Assistant‘ services are Started and enabled to automatic. If you don’t have the Sign-In Assistant then see the next step.

Download the Windows Live Sign-in Assistant http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=15106  This is an older version, 6.5 that does not come with the Windows Live Messenger/Mail extras.

Download the Games for Windows Marketplace Client  http://www.xbox.com/en-US/live/pc/downloadclient

Launch Steam and then Dirt 3. The game should install some additional software and then launch successfully.


Additional Note :  If you are using Motion Joy with a PS3 remote, set the profile to Xbox 360 and it will work properly. 

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