[Dshield] Rootkits All Around: Universal Music Has It ,Too

Mrcorp mrcorp at yahoo.com
Wed Nov 2 19:34:39 GMT 2005

So am I to understand that this program takes Root ownership away from the system
administrator/owner?  That is also hides its activities from antivirus and other tools?  and
allows an outside person access to the system?


--- Mark Owen <mr.markowen at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 11/2/05, Mrcorp <mrcorp at yahoo.com> wrote:
> > Perhaps I am a bit confused over terms, but are we talking rootkit, spyware, or something
> else?  I
> > find it extremly odd that music companies would be putting rootkits on peoples computers.
> >
> > Mrcorp
> All of the above?  When you install Sony's music player to listen to
> your (their?) music cds you also install a rootkit that scans each
> running process for applications that may circumvent copyright
> protection.  This rootkit runs independent of the CD you're listening
> to and can not be shut off.  The files are embedded into the operating
> system and hidden from view and with no uninstaller making it quite
> difficult to remove.
> See:
> http://www.sysinternals.com/blog/2005/10/sony-rootkits-and-digital-rights.html
> http://blogs.washingtonpost.com/securityfix/2005/11/sony_raids_hack.html
> http://www.pcpro.co.uk/news/79450/sony-drm-burrows-into-rootkit-code.html
> --
> Mark Owen
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