More exploits of the Sony rootkit; news from AV vendors reports on additional variants of the exploit observed yesterday, called Backdoor.IRC.Synd.a and Backdoor.IRC.Synd.B, reported by the antivirus company BitDefender. I’m not sure if one of these is the same as Backdoor.win32.Breplibot.b; different vendors give the same virus different names.

ZoneAlarm is now the second anti-virus company, after CA, to claim that they can identify and remove the Sony rootkit.

Update: I goofed. Tom points out in the comments that ZoneAlarm bundles CA’s antivirus software.

6 Responses to “More exploits of the Sony rootkit; news from AV vendors”

  1. albert Says:

    Sony is openning the door for malicious code, shouldn’t they be sued by it? aren’t they altering my property without my permission and crippling my machine by allowing malicious code to infest it?

    Big brother is here man…

  2. Jamie Says:

    Sony really need a huge kick up the ass. Ive been saying for a very long time now that DRM is going to open a huge can of worms, and low and behold, those ‘worms’ are now infecting XPC installed systems.

    The trouble with Sony is that its CEO’s are dinosaurs and just do not understand the implications of software technology at all! Ever since this mess came to light over its rootkit, Sony has ridiculed its customers, and blatently lied about ithe rootkits potential to compromise a PC infected with it. They STILL havent published a publically accessible uninstaller and STILL require you to jump through hoops in order to get the uninstaller.

    For Sony to win my respect back, they would have to

    a) Sack all CEO’s who sanctioned the use of XCP.
    b) Make available an un-installer without you having to jump through hoops to get it.
    c) Make a PUBLIC apology for the mess XCP created.
    d) Re-imberse all customers who brought thier crappy CD and re-imburse any damages this has caused.
    e) Drop XCP totally instead of planning to patch it.
    f) Review thier fair use policy of thier * cough * CD’s
    and finally….
    g) Kiss the asses of all those affected individually and allow themselves to be publically humiliated on prime time TV,

    Rest assured, I will NEVER buy another Sony product again! If they cant even show the slightest respect for thier customers, they dont deserve do be in buisness. I see little point in funding Corporate Big Brother tactics.

    Also, i shall be boycotting all labels that use any form of DRM, and I suggest everyone else do the same.

    Say NO to Corporate Big Brother, as we shouldnt be expected to be anally raped by older siblings!


  3. Giorgio Zarrelli Says:

    Sony announced:

    “As a precautionary measure, Sony BMG is temporarily suspending the manufacture of CDs containing XCP technology,”

  4. Tom Says:

    ZoneAlarm is now the second anti-virus company, after CA, to claim that they can identify and remove the Sony rootkit.Zone Alarm Security Suite uses the Computer Associates anti-virus program.

  5. Tim Says:

    Good catch, Tom. I’m going to update the original post.

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