Sony BMG Pulls Rootkit – Sony BMG Statement on Pulling Rootkit

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The Sony rootkit fiasco just keeps on growing. This week, following the filing of at least one lawsuit against Sony over the rootkits, Sony has announced that they will “suspend the manufacture of CDs containing” the rootkit technology.

Here is the full Sony statement:


“We are aware that a computer virus is circulating that may affect computers with XCP content protection software. The XCP software is included on a limited number of SONY BMG content protected titles. This potential problem has no effect on the use of these discs in conventional, non-computer-based, CD and DVD players.

In response to these events, SONY BMG has swiftly provided a patch to all major anti-virus companies and to the general public that guards against precisely the type of virus now said to exist. The patch fixes the possible software problem, and still allows CDs to be played on personal computers. It can be downloaded at https://web.archive.org/web/20110527072051/http://cp.sonybmg.com/xcp/. [Page no longer available – we have linked to the archive.org version instead] Starting today, we will also be adding this link to the SONY BMG label and corporate sites. We deeply regret any possible inconvenience this may cause.

We stand by content protection technology as an important tool to protect our intellectual property rights and those of our artists. Nonetheless, as a precautionary measure, SONY BMG is temporarily suspending the manufacture of CDs containing XCP technology. We also intend to re-examine all aspects of our content protection initiative to be sure that it continues to meet our goals of security and ease of consumer use.”

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It’s a pity that evidence of corrective actions can’t be introduced at trial to demonstrate the need for that corrective action.

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4 thoughts on “Sony BMG Pulls Rootkit – Sony BMG Statement on Pulling Rootkit

  1. No recall on the Cd’s, eh? I hope the law suite lawyers takes them to the cleaners. But we all know that they will get the government to step in and either put pressure or even change the laws to allow them to continue hacking the consumer. After all, can anyone tell me one politician that isn’t receiving payments under the table?

  2. So does Sony’s about turn mean that I can take my “defective” – rootkit included – Sony CDs back to the store and get “non-defective” – no rootkit included – replacements free of charge ?

  3. Please note that they never state they will refrain from implimenting policies that will stop installing unknown patches to your system. They only garantee consumers will find it easy to use their product, and to meet their security issues not your’s. Their polices are better understood by what they leave out with their careful wording.

    “We also intend to re-examine all aspects of our content protection initiative to be sure that it continues to meet our goals of security and ease of consumer use.”

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