Sony fesses up to another rootkit snafu

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Paul Miller
September 3rd, 2007
In this article: f-secure, microvault, rootkit, sony
Sony fesses up to another rootkit snafu

While everybody was busy with that BioShock "rootkit" false alarm -- and subsequently busy playing BioShock -- the folks at F-Secure were uncovering a new, legitimate rootkit problem in the software packaged with Sony's MicroVault USM-F fingerprint reader drives. It took Sony a little while to respond, but now the company says it has launched an investigation into the software, which was developed by a third-party, and will offer a fix by mid-September. The drives models had already been discontinued, though you can still pick them up at a few stores, and the rootkit is not as serious as the Sony BMX XCP DRM, but the software is still dangerous enough to allow malware authors to hide folders, so we're glad Sony's going to run clean up here.

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