Well, I think it's about time I blogged something about this whole rootkit fiasco, since nobody else I know personally seems to be doing it.
Basically, a whole bunch of people are up in arms because Sony's DRM software which is included with certain CDs. It includes allegedly insecure code that could allow your machine to become 'compromised' - and comes with a whole bunch of other problems that people are complaining about.
I could go on about the whole fiasco, which has been happening for more than a week, but instead, check out this summary on BoingBoing. It sums up basically what's been happening, including the original rootkit discovery, the WoW anti-cheat exploit, and the accusation of the rootkit's inclusion of open-source LGPL-licensed code.
Here's a list of the Slashdot articles that have been posted covering it, in case you want to read some opinions..
- Sony DRM Installs a Rootkit?
- More on Sony's "DRM Rootkit"
- Blizzard's Warden Thwarted by Sony's DRM Rootkit
- Sony Rootkit Phones Home
- California Class Action Suit Sony Over Rootkit DRM
- Trojan Using Sony DRM Rootkit Spotted
- Sony Music CD's Contain Mac DRM Software Too
- Sony Pulls Controversial Anti-Piracy Software
- Where are the Prosecutors?
- Sony's EULA Worse Than Its Rootkit?
- Sony Rootkit Allegedly Contains LGPL Software
- Bad Day To Be Sony
You might also want to have a look at the Sony Boycott Blog.
Read this blog entry in its original format at splintax.blogspot.com.