Will Copy Protection Always Introduce New Security Problems?
from the probably-so dept
Following the Sony BMG copy protection rootkit fiasco there have been more stories about other copy protection systems introducing vulnerabilities as well. However, the real issue may be that malicious hackers have now been alerted to the fact that this can be a promising new path to compromising systems. Linuxdevices is running a column from someone who warned about exactly this issue nearly three and a half years ago. By its very nature, copy protection introduces an added complexity that is designed to override many other things that a computer is expected to do. Correctly being able to account for every case and every situation is going to be impossible -- and that's going to introduce both security problems and safety problems as an unintended consequence. When you pile on top of that the fact that no copy protection system has been shown to actually prevent the eventual copying of the content and the fact that there's a growing body of evidence suggesting that freely shared entertainment content online isn't the main cause of the entertainment industry's problems -- it's hard to figure out why the industry is so focused on continuing to invest in copy protection.