Macs and Sony's Rootkit
[Update: Welcome Wired readers! If you enjoyed Bruce Schneier’s article on who’s responsible for security flaws, please explore a little. The economics of security and privacy issues are an ongoing theme.]
It wasn’t a plan that I was going to slag Apple this week. Really, I’m fond of my Mac, I’m just tired of claims that it’s somehow über-secüre. Now it comes out that Sony has licensed technology from SunnComm to rootkit your Mac. It’s harder for Sony to install, because (unlike a PC) they need you to authorize the installation. It’s possibly less damaging than on the PC, but we don’t yet know what the two kernel extensions do. The Unofficial Apple Weblog suggests that they’ll be disassembled, and I hope they’re right.
Comments in “Unintended consequences of DRM” suggest that the password is important, and while it is, I’m not sure how many people won’t just type their password on demand.
Previous posts about Apple security have been: “Kudos to Microsoft, Brick-brats to Apple” and “The Approaching Apple OSX86 Security Nightmare.”