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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    David, 10 Nov 2005 @ 9:41am

    Re: Sony's rootkit use

    I'm an X-Ol' school DJ of @ 25 yrs. I promoted the Big Labels big time as I was one of Canada's
    major citie's most popular DJ.
    Actually, 3 major cities in Canada.
    Because of their shenanigans, I have boycotted purchasing anymore CDs @ all. I own an extensive collection of vinyl 12" singles, compilations & LPs and have enough music on vinyl (as I've taken very good care of my vinyl & 90% look brand new!)
    The last thing I bought from Sony was a 3 CD/CD-R/RW player "Bookshelf" system @ 3 years ago.

    BOYCOTT! That's the only way it might get Sony's
    attention. If there was a massive boycott.
    Say a few million people stopped buying anything Sony for even a month, their sales & stocks would drop drastically. We have a voice. Let's use it for cryin' out loud!

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