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Gary Thornock's Weblog » Sony DRM rootkit
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2nd Nov, 2005

Sony DRM rootkit


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Mark Russinovich of sysinternals.com has found and examined a Windows rootkit installed by Sony’s CD DRM software.

Rootkits are a fairly new problem in the Windows world, inherited from Unix. The basic idea is that an attacker, having compromised a system, installs a set of programs that allow him to maintain control of the system and remain undetected. I’ve never heard of a legitimate use for a rootkit, and I don’t think this one qualifies, either. Besides, it looks like it was developed in a fairly sloppy manner to begin with, which leads to several opportunities for even more illegitimate use by viruses, spyware and the like.

I’ve never been a fan of DRM anyway, but really, this is taking things too far. Is Sony actually trying to push people toward downloading their music online? Or, since the rootkit only works in Windows, maybe they’re trying to help move people to Linux or the Mac?

Here’s a short list of articles about the Sony DRM rootkit:

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