Thursday, November 03, 2005

Sony DRM rootkit code (#10) Security Sony DRM rootkit code (#10) Security

A number of posters have talked about the fact that it takes "Administrator" privileges in order to install the Sony DRM root kit code. This is, in particular, true since that code conceils the Sony code, directories, registry entries, etc. and it installs code that inserts system call hooks. The obvious solution then is to run as a user under "User" instead of "Administrative" level privileges.

Theoretically, this is a legitimate suggestion. However, I would suggest that the vast majority of P.C. users don't understand multiple users and privilege levels. Rather, Windows XP Home Edition comes with one user ("Owner") configured as an Administrator. Most users never change this. Thus, they run, day in and day out, as "Owner" with "Administrator" privileges.

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