Sony BMG's Other Copy Protection Tech Installs Even If You Tell It Not To

from the that-seems-illegal dept

Yes, the never ending saga of Sony BMG and their copy protection technologies continues. This time, it’s more about Sony BMG’s other copy protection system, MediaMax, from SunnComm. As you may recall, Sony has only recalled CDs using the XCP copy protection technology from First4Internet. Once again, we have Alex Halderman to thank for bringing this to light. Halderman noted that MediaMax has many spyware like qualities and also discovered the security hole in SunnComm’s uninstaller. However, the latest finding is perhaps more problematic. The way MediaMax works is, if you have autorun enabled on your Windows PC and insert a MediaMax-enabled CD, it pops up an end user license agreement (EULA), not really telling you what it’s doing. If you realize that you don’t want this installed on your computer and hit “no,” it’s already installed some amount of code that isn’t easily removed. However, the latest finding is that inserting another (or the same) CD with MediaMax on it (even if you hit no to the EULA again) will install even more code that will run on your machine even though you specifically told it not to. As Halderman points out, that certainly seems like it’s breaking some sort of law. Putting up an agreement that someone declines should mean that no software is installed.

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RR says:

Re: Disabling Autorun

To all those who are advocating disabling Autorun, did you think what might happen to your CD/DVD bruner software? Disabling Autorun can disable your burner.

The only solution: DO NOT BUY SONY BMG CDs. Period. Whether the package says it’s copy protected or not. I mean, can we actually trust anything they say anymore?

theStorminMormon says:

not the point

The computer-savy among us aren’t likely to be buying Sony BMG cd’s in the first place.
Ask your average computer user who picked up a Dell or a PC from a warehouse store how to turn off autorun. Yup – that’s right – you’ll get a glazed expression.
But even that isn’t really the point. You’re supposed to be taking protective measures to protect you from hackers – not from CDs you PAID GOOD MONEY FOR.
I hope Sony get’s REALLY burned on this.

Ryan says:

Re: not the point

Yeah, kinda ironic that most people that are downloading these CDs for free(illegally) don’t have to worry about the viruses and code running from the original store bought cd. Almost makes me wanna switch over. Hint. Hint. lol… yeah its stupid how far theyve gone with this. Just say sorry, we’re stupid, heres a freakin good uninstaller, nothing left behind…. and give money back… and pay for virus infected systems…

Hedwig says:

How to disable Autorun?

Start RegEdit (from the Start menu, choose Run… Type “regedit” and hit return).
On the left side of the Registry editor, navigate to:
My Computer
—> CurrentControlSet
—-> Services
—–> Cdrom
Select the Cdrom entry by clicking on it.
On the right side of the Registry Editor, doubleclick on the key “AutoRun”. A popup appears. In the field labeled “Value”, enter 0 (zero). Close the dialog by clicking OK.
Close the Registry Editor.
AutoRun is now disabled.
Cheers, Hedwig

Hedwig says:

Re: Disagree

I want nobody to make assumptions on what I intend to do. And definitely not if they change the way I have always done things.

First of all, I don’t ‘install’ the CD in my PC, I ‘insert’ it in the same way as I have inserted diskettes, zip-drives, USB-sticks etc. Second, my intention is not to ‘run’ the content, but to have access to it. There’s a difference: I determine which program I will use to access the data on the CD.
And since I have this program on my PC that can access AUDIO CD content (see the label on the box), I want to use that one, not some bundled coding that I cannot trust. Remember that I have bought an AUDIO CD, not a “music player program”.

So if you think that inserting a CD in your drive is the same as giving permission to install whatever is on the CD, don’t come complaining when you “run” into an internet site that uses the same logic to install an “upgrade” of your browser to better view the spam (or other) content of that site without asking your permission…

Chris says:

no opnion, just a quick question

I can’t figure out how to turn the auto-run off of this damn quick time player. It automatically installs with my iTunes, I don’t rly mind it being there because I don’t use it for anything. but I hate the auto-run feature, because I can’t figure out how to turn this one off…

anyone help?

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