Good intentions pave Sony's road to DRM hell

Let's say you have an employee who doesn't care how he junks up his computer (and your network) with spyware and malware. You've blocked .exe, .zip, .scr, and any other possible contaminating files from being downloaded, so he can't do much damage. Right? Ah! But let's say this employee really likes Neil Diamond. In fact, he's just purchased the new album 12 Songs released by Sony, and he pops it into his CD-ROM drive to hear as he works. The disk silently installs Sony's new rootkit, XCP, which was intended to protect the CD from being copied, but -- surprise! -- also inadvertently opens up a nice invisible backdoor for a trojan to slip through. Oops.

How severe is this threat right now? Not very. The new trojan which exploits this hole is feeble, and Sony has only used their misguided rootkit on approximately twenty CD titles. But when a music label claiming to protect their own rights acts as if they own the entirety of any computer that plays their music, we've got ourselves one rotten precedent. WatchGuard Wire: RSS Feed | WatchGuard Technologies, Inc.

Linked by shanmuga Saturday, 12th November 2005 9:07PM