Archive for the 'Rootkit' Category

First 4 vs. Sysinternals, and some thoughts on tracking users

Monday, November 7th, 2005

Circling back to where it all started at the Sysinternals blog, Mark Russinovich has had some back and forth with First 4 Internet, the authors of the DRM in use on Sony BMG’s CDs. The upshot: they attempt to rebut four points about the nature of the new patch for their DRM, and Mark responds […]

Sony’s DRM and the Law of Unintended Consequences

Sunday, November 6th, 2005

On Wednesday, PC Pro wrote that Sony’s DRM could spur a flood of malware exploiting the hole created by the rootkit. The article was a day late, literally. On Tuesday, a day previously, World of Warcraft players posted a way to use the hole to cover hacks used by the players to gain advantage in […]

Ed Felten on the Sony patch

Friday, November 4th, 2005

Over at Freedom to Tinker, Ed Felton discusses issues with the EULA for the Sony BMG CDs in question. He also makes what I feel is the more pertinent point:

The companies need to come clean with the public — their customers — about what they did in the first place, and what they are doing […]

Patching a stupid DRM mechanism

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005

According to, Sony is going to release a patch for the rootkit DRM mechanism (created by First 4 Internet) that it has been installing on customers’ computers. The patch is available on Sony BMG’s site (though as of this writing not linked from their home page) and will be available through major antivirus manufacturers.
Well, […]

The Sony Boycott blog: a call to arms

Tuesday, November 1st, 2005

Read this article at Mark’s Sysinternals Blog about how a Sony copy-protected CD installed a rootkit on his system, and the lengths he had to go to to get the normal functions of his PC back. I’ll wait.
Back? Confused? Let me summarize:
1. By inserting this Sony CD in his computer, Mark’s computer […]