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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    Anonymous Coward, 14 Nov 2005 @ 8:31pm

    Sony needs to stick those CD's......... In my hand

    This stupid DRM protection is THE dumbest thing that I have ever heard. Oh wait, I have Mac OS X. :-) This OS has been on the net for about 3 years now with no firewall or spyware protection. Just a port logger to intercept internet trafffic. Not one single piece of spyware has enbeded itself into my system and I'll be damned if sony has any chance! I think I will shoplift a CD, Print out Highres CD cover images and use CD stomper to secure them to my blank CD. Then send my un-DRMed CD back to Sony just to see what they do.
    Two words.
    Fuck. Sony.
    sorry two more.
    And PS3

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