SonyBMG and First4Internet Release Mysterious Software Update

Posted by tuxchick on Nov 6, 2005 3:03 AM EDT
Freedom to Tinker; By Edward W. Felten
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SonyBMG and First4Internet, the companies caught installing rootkit-like software on the computers of people who bought certain CDs, have taken their first baby steps toward addressing the problem. But they still have a long way to go; and they might even have made the situation worse...The update is more than 3.5 megabytes in size, and it appears to contain new versions of almost all the files included in the initial installation of the entire DRM system, as well as creating some new files. In short, they’re not just taking away the rootkit-like function — they’re almost certainly adding things to the system as well.

[Ed.- Now why are folks so upset over this? Shoo, just have a little trust.]

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