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Sony Issues Tool to Remove Flawed Software

At long last, Sony BMG has released a program that should help customers who may have installed its deeply flawed anti-piracy program to remove the thing entirely from their PCs.

Last month, it came to light that at least 52 different Sony BMG titles installed invasive software on Windows machines if users played the discs on their computers. Security researchers soon discovered dangerous security holes in the anti-piracy software itself, then found more frightening problems with a patch the company issued to help remove a feature of the program that virus writers were using to hide their creations on affected machines.

I hope for Sony's sake that this tool does not introduce even more security or stability problems, but I guess only time will tell.

By Brian Krebs  |  December 7, 2005; 1:27 PM ET
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Brian writes:

> I hope for Sony's sake that this tool
> does not introduce even more security
> or stability problems

It does, and the new problem is just as serious as the previous ones. See:

Posted by: Todd Jonz | December 7, 2005 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Thats for the other copy protection software :)

Posted by: kosmo vinyl | December 7, 2005 3:14 PM | Report abuse

>It does, and the new problem is just as >serious as the previous ones. See:

That's not the same copy protection software.
The tool issued is to remove the rootkit and/or ActiveX script installed for the XCP copy protection. Seeing that they have dropped the ball on this other copy protection software, probably the best thing to do is just to stop buying Sony BMG products until they are DRM free, otherwise buy a Mac or something.

Posted by: Chavez | December 7, 2005 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Chavez and kosmo vinyl are right. I hadn't read Brian's story closely enough, and had assumed that it referred to today's news about the release of a flawed patch for the MediaMax DRM software. Mea culpa.

Suffice it to say that there is *second* DRM technology used by Sony BMG that is just as vulnerable to attack as the first (perhaps even more so, since it is installed even if the user declines the click-through license), and now Sony BMG has released yet *another* flawed "fix" that should be avoided at all costs.

I thought that after the fiasco with the first XCP uninstaller that Sony BMG had vowed to have all future software of this type vetted by independent third parties before it was released. If they did so in this case, it would appear that someone needs to vet the vetters.

Posted by: Todd Jonz | December 7, 2005 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Yet another NY Times article that only reports a half-truth. The article shills that record companies are purporting to loose money due to "illegal" activity but the article then fails to expose the purposeful "illegal" activities of the record industry to trespass onto your computer.

"Sony fixes security hole in CDs, again
John Borland, Staff Writer, CNET
Published: December 8, 2005
Sony BMG is replacing a patch for its CD copy protection software after Princeton University researchers found a security flaw in the update. ... "The security space is a dynamic one, as we have learned," said Thomas Hesse, president of Sony's global digital businesses. "Our goal is to be diligent and swift, and we have gone to experts to handle this issue.""

Posted by: Steve R. | December 12, 2005 8:57 AM | Report abuse

I hate sony. their stupid software on the cds has found its way onto my computer. the worst part is is that the tool i dowloaded from them to 'remove it' diddn't. so much for fixing it. the only thing i can see to do now is use my repair disk to restore the registry back to what it was. i wont lose files but it is very time consumming. i think sony will be out of buisness by the end of next year or soon ther after.

Posted by: Ken | December 16, 2005 10:15 PM | Report abuse

I like each and every sony products. their products and software on the cds are excellent and i think sony will be leader of market by the end of next year.


Posted by: Elizabeth | July 3, 2006 7:15 AM | Report abuse

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