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Sony BMG's copy protection shows rootkit-behavior, Digital Rights Management Gone Too Far
JunkieXL
post Dec 4 2005, 07:39
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I don't have autorun enabled...I just double checked my registry too and its set to 0 like I thought.
I also saw a new line in there though....
Regedit -> HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> System -> ControlSet001 -> Services -> Cdrom
called AutoRunAlwaysDisable with a bunch of listings for drives I dont have
Here's data listing for it
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NEC     MBR-7  
NEC     MBR-7.4
PIONEER CHANGR DRM-1804X
PIONEER CD-ROM DRM-6324X
PIONEER CD-ROM DRM-624X
TORiSAN CD-ROM CDR_C36

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post Dec 4 2005, 08:01
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To make sure it's disabled, check under CurrentControlSet rather than ControlSet001.
(most of the time, it's probably the same, but I can never be too sure...)

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Cdrom

Anyway, that AutoRunAlwaysDisable key, I think it's normal.
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JunkieXL
post Dec 4 2005, 08:08
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Ya, I changed it to '0' on all 3 tabs Control001, Control003, & CurrentControlSet just to be safe.

I still can't do anything with the cd though. It will go to about 1% and then start doing constant read and sync errors no matter what I do or which drive I run it on.
Stupid Sony...

Correction...I can rip it with the oh so great WMP dry.gif
Lets see how windows media lossless sounds at the highest settings.

Haha...omg this is so retarded its funny. It was nothing but skips and little bits of the actual music. Thought I might get a seizure or some shiz...

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post Dec 4 2005, 08:40
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QUOTE (JunkieXL @ Dec 4 2005, 02:08 PM)
I still can't do anything with the cd though.  It will go to about 1% and then start doing constant read and sync errors no matter what I do or which drive I run it on.
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Some protected CDs won't work well w/ EAC's Secure Mode.
Try Fast or even Burst Mode.
The same thing happened w/ my copy of Coldplay - X&Y, but Fast Mode did its job.

Anyway, have Sony released a real remover of its rootkitted DRM?

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JunkieXL
post Dec 4 2005, 09:09
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Nope, burst and fast mode didn't work either. The sound still cuts in and out like it did with the WMP rips. Just going to take the CD back tomorrow and tell them to set fire to it...
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post Dec 4 2005, 11:42
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Well, if you're actually patient enough, you might get proper rips out of it.
When Secure Mode is very slow due to the (very) frequent read & sync error, just let it finish.
Sometimes the resulting rip'd sound just fine; try it w/ ripping a track first, not the whole album rightaway.
I had one of those 'hard-to-rip' Audio CDs that behaved like that.

And OMG, I'm really getting OOT here...sorry guys... =/

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post Dec 4 2005, 17:16
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Hehe...it's all good people have been asking about this in the thread. Thanks for the info though. I'll give secure mode another try and see how it turns out.
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post Dec 4 2005, 17:54
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It's just that I'm afraid to tick someone off by getting somewhat OOT. wink.gif

Well, any way, good luck.
If it turns out bad, you can always try analogue recording... tongue.gif
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post Dec 9 2005, 11:25
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Just found this artile from yesterday over on the BBC site. May be of interest to people smile.gif

LINK

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post Dec 9 2005, 18:24
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And don't forget to read Mark's blog, people. =)
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post Dec 9 2005, 18:43
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As for notifying consumers of the problem, Ben Edelman has researched the phone-home behavior of the Sony Player software that comes on the CDs and found that, if it wanted, Sony could inform every infected customer that a recall is in place.


oh dear... together with the rootkit behaviour.... wouldn't that basically mean that sony made it so that they could hijack any PC which has the DRM installed, if they wanted to? Boys, if one year ago, someone would have warned about such a thing happening .... most would have called him a "paranoid conspiracy-freak".

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post Dec 10 2005, 04:06
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QUOTE (Lyx @ Dec 10 2005, 12:43 AM)
... together with the rootkit behaviour.... wouldn't that basically mean that sony made it so that they could hijack any PC which has the DRM installed, if they wanted to? ...
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Exactly.
That's why any 'victory declaration' should be postponed until Sony BMG really undo all of their mishaps.

~likeThatWouldHappen... rolleyes.gif
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"Free downloads end Sony CD saga

Millions of music fans will be given free music downloads or money to compensate for flawed anti-piracy software on CDs from label Sony BMG "

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/5007578.stm


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post May 23 2006, 18:56
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Well the original rootkit can be blocked from installation using SpywareBlaster using customblocking.txt.


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post May 23 2006, 19:41
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This is really interesting. But I can't find out how I'd claim the compensation for the Velvet Revolver cd I bought a while ago. Has anyone got any more info?
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QUOTE (Cartman_Sr @ May 23 2006, 18:41) *
This is really interesting. But I can't find out how I'd claim the compensation for the Velvet Revolver cd I bought a while ago. Has anyone got any more info?


Email sony, let them do the work, the more customer support they have to give for their wrong doing the better.


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post May 24 2006, 17:54
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According to the Sony BMG Settlement Page, consumers have until December 31 to file a claim.
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