Microsoft: DRM Loophole Your Problem, Not Ours
from the educate-yourselves... dept
How nice. Following the news that someone is, indeed, exploiting the loophole in Microsoft’s DRM offering to sneak trojan horses onto computers, Microsoft has basically said “it’s not our problem.” Their response is that there’s really just no way to fix it, so people should educate themselves about the problem, and maybe use Microsoft’s own antispyware solution to fix it. Maybe it’s just a poor choice of words by the Microsoft guy in question, but this comes off looking really bad. It’s clearly a security hole by Microsoft. There’s no way a DRM product should be installing applications on your computer when it’s just supposed to be looking for a license. Most people assume, when they click on a media file, that there’s no executable included. Telling people to “educate” themselves is pretty obnoxious. To follow that up by pointing to a beta offering that was only bought to put a temporary fix on Microsoft security problems just seems to highlight Microsoft’s cavalier response to security issues. Microsoft keeps saying that they’re taking security more seriously, but telling people to educate themselves and pointing them to a different product (still in beta) to protect themselves from a problem that comes from Microsoft’s poor design, makes it seem like they don’t really care at all.