Archive | November 1, 2005

Sony Music CDs install rootkit?

Yet another reason to avoid Digital Restriction Management: SysInternals is reporting that certain Sony music CDs install rootkits and that removing the rootkit disables the ability to play music CDs on your (Windows) computer.

These feeble restrictions surely won’t deter any serious piracy of the music, but only infringe on the abilities of consumers to rip their favorite music to their own music players.

Thanks to Ed Leafe of the ProFox mailing list for the pointer.

Apple issues Halloween Security Update: OS X 10.4.3

The SANS Internet Storm Center notes that Apple has issued their monthly security update, a whopping 97 megabytes that, according the the Apple site, includes:

– AFP, SMB/CIFS, NFS and FTP network and file services
– AirPort and Bluetooth wireless access
– Core Graphics, Core Audio, Core Image, and RAW camera support
– disc recording when creating and burning media
– .Mac sync services
– Spotlight indexing and searching
– Dashboard widgets: Dictionary, Flight Tracker, Stickies, and Unit Converter
– Address Book, AppleScript, Automator, Dictionary, Font Book, iCal, iSync, Mail, and Safari applications
– Disk Utility, Keychain Access, Migration Assistant, and Software Update
– compatibility with third party applications and devices
– previous standalone security updates

Get patching!

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