The Real Danger Of Sony's Rootkit: It Lets Others Piggyback

from the uh-oh dept

While everyone's discussing the non-surprising fact that Sony's latest CD copy protection scheme uses "rootkit" style tricks to embed itself deep within your machine, Ed Felten Alex Halderman has picked up on a much more serious problem brought out by the discovery. The particular nasty software from Sony can actually be used by other malware to hide their own actions. In other words, it doesn't just treat you like a criminal and prevent you from making use of the music you legally bought: it makes it easier for real criminals to do bad things on your computer. Thanks, Sony! Update: Ed Felten points out that Alex Halderman wrote the piece on Felten's site.

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    Marcus Andresin, 2 Nov 2005 @ 4:49am

    Sony rootkit: Not on Linux!

    For kicks I bought a CD last night at Best Buy that was labeled with a "Copyright Protection" from Sony. I used an old junker PC that has RedHat Linux version 8 on it ans successfully ripped MP3s from every track. I then burned them to CD, moved them to my Windows XP PC, and they played just fine. Likewise I added them to my iTunes collection and synched them to my iPod--no problem. Perhaps I should share these MP3s out over Limewire just to spite Sony!

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