Friday, November 04, 2005

Sony Releases Fix to Rootkit

Sony has been burned by the negative publicity of their using deceptive and basically illegal code on their audio CDs to prevent copying their music. Now, PC World notes that they have issued a fix.

Sony states that the software "component" is "not malicious." Their intent may not have been malicous from their point of view, but the effect of the kit is very malicious in that it modifies your operating system without your consent or knowledge, is virtually impossible to remove, and is sloppily written.

What they should do is not issue a fix, but recall the CDs that have the rootkit on them. But, issuing a fix is a good start.