Sony and rootkits

Tuesday 1 November 2005This is nearly 18 years old. Be careful.

I’ve long adored Sysinternals’ Windows tools. They are hands-down the most technically advanced Windows system tools around, and they are free. What I didn’t know was that Sysinternals’ Mark Russinovich has a blog. His latest post, Sony, Rootkits and Digital Rights Management Gone Too Far, is a fascinating piece of detective work through some pretty deep Windows internals, reverse-engineering an irresponsible and intrusive bit of Sony digital rights management code.


Wow. Very humbling stuff.
You are right on about Sysinternals - I don't know what I did before I found ProcessExplorer/TCPView/PSExec/etc. This was also my first encounter with Mark's blog, and it has definitely been added to my blog roll. Sony had their crappy DRM/Rootkit installed on the wrong guy's PC...

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