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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    Mark, 3 Nov 2005 @ 6:29pm

    You must ask for permission from Sony to remove it

    This is unbelievable. You must go here to ask PERMISSION for removal. Then you are e-mailed a link to download an Active X control of all things for this First 4 Internet Spyware company. Like I am really going to trust the rookit maker to give me an Active X control which also means you must use IE. Are the no depths at which Sony will not sink? My kid will not get a PSP or a PS3 or anything Sony in my house period! I hope you read this Sony as I will be distributing many of my family and friends un-DRM copies for Christmas. Good job Sony using a rootkit to turn an HONEST customer into a pirate.

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