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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    Happy user, 2 Nov 2005 @ 9:39am

    Re: Sony rootkit: Not on Linux!

    This gives people more incentive to acquire music from the store (on physical CDs)? I think that if the common music purchaser was more aware of these tactics, he would resort to only acquiring music ONLINE - or any forum OTHER THAN from an "Original Compact Disc Source".

    I personally don't see why BestBuy, Virgin, TowerRecords, Walmart...etc are not getting upset by Sony on these matters aswell. For this affects all of their direct music customers -- and for a $18.99+ sale of a CD that only cost them $3.99 to purchase from their vendor, that's a heck of a lot of money they could be loosing if mass consumers are aware of Sony's practices and become afraid to purchase CDs anymore.

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