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Friday, November 18, 2005

Prevent sony from infecting your computer with their crap!

Prevent sony from infecting your computer with their crap!
Everyone should have heard about the problems that sony caused with their CD Protection scheme now. There are a few ways to protect yourself against it. From Boing Boing:

Immunize Yourself Against Sony’s Dangerous Uninstaller: Princeton DRM researchers Ed Felten and Alex Halderman explain how to miitgate the security vulnerabilities left behind by Sony's incompetent "uninstaller" program.

List of infected CDs: Sony finally lists the 52 titles infected with the XCP rootkit. Note that Sony initially claimed that fewer than half that number were infected. (Thanks, Kurt!)

US-CERT: Never Install Audio-CD DRM Software. The Department of Homeland Security's Computer Emergency Readiness Team advises that you never install CD DRM: "Do not install software from sources that you do not expect to contain software, such as an audio CD." (Thanks, Kurt!)

Please read these red underlined words more then once. I'll add a few words of wisdom to them. NEVER EVER install software from sources that you do not know about. Nothing is free on the internet, even if it looks that way. People who provide you with free software usually have something to hide: Spyware, Adware, Viruses, Trojans, Worms.

If you really want that piece of software, do youself a favor and search google for the validity of the companies that produce them. Ask some advices to people who really know about computers and think twice before hitting that NEXT or OK button.

Here is the link from BoingBoing's website:
http://www.boingboing.net/2005/11/17/sony_rootkit_roundup.html (right click, open in new window)

Here are the 2 entries from the list that I prefer:

Nov 15:
Sony infects more than 500k networks, including military and govt Dan Kaminsky publishes research showing that Sony's DRM has infected over 500,000 computer networks including networks belonging to the military and the government.

Nov 16:
Sony CDs banned in the workplace Companies, educational institutions, and government agencies are banning the use of Sony CDs on workplace computers, due to the security risks that arise from the rootkit DRM. Some orgs go so far as banning audio CDs altogether, since there are plenty of malicious bits of anti-security technology in music from many labels.


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