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Nasty Rootkit on Sony CDs 11 years 1 month ago #11113

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This sounds absolutely appaling:
www.theregister.co.uk/2005/11/01/sony_rootkit_drm/
Has anbody come across it? Be very careful should you choose to play a CD for some background music while doing that server room rewiring job...
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Re: Nasty Rootkit on Sony CDs 11 years 1 month ago #11114

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Just read the article myself and the detailed analysis on Sysinternals website and was infuriated. I'm sure this is against the law.
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Re: Nasty Rootkit on Sony CDs 11 years 1 month ago #11116

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On the topic of rootkits, I saw this story on Slashdot...about an AIM worm w/ a rootkit.
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Rootkits 11 years 1 month ago #11132

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The rootkits are coming!
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Re: Nasty Rootkit on Sony CDs 11 years 1 month ago #11135

Another article on the register claims that users who tried to delete the sony rootkit, ended up with a dead windows box. They had to reinstall windows to get it to work :? Bad days are coming in the windows world. It's never too late to switch :D
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Re: Nasty Rootkit on Sony CDs 11 years 4 weeks ago #11140

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And here's a EULA from sony though note that there's no mention of a rootkit or the inability to uninstall or delete the software (in fact, there's a reference to being able to do so).

http://www.sysinternals.com/blog/sony-eula.htm

...and especially i'm wondering what sony hopes to reach with that...
i don't think anybody is interested in buying a cd which installs a rootkit...
however i think with e.g. process guard this copy protection is easy to block, allowing you to do as many copys as you want (if it isn't checked if rootkit is installed before copying) or you could make a system image before using the cd - however, very time consuming methods against a unfair copy protection, punishing people buying original cds - downloading mp3s won't install you any rootkit, you have no drm...
it's sad the music companys don't realise that it makes no sense that you pay way too high prices for original cds which even give you disadvantages to the illegal, drm free, non rootkit installing mp3 download.

and btw there are also legal mp3s on the net of unknown artists or online radio - same advantages (well, today you really have to say it) as the illegal mp3 download, but legal.
~ Pranav
The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you can not do..!!
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