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 Oh Noes - Bioshock installs a rootkit 
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Post Oh Noes - Bioshock installs a rootkit
From Slashdot, courtesy of nacho:

"Facts have surfaced that show that the recently released PC game BioShock installs a rootkit, which embeds itself into Explorer, as part of its SecureROM copy-protection scheme. Not only that, but just installing the demo infects your system with the rootkit. This begs the question: Since when did demos need copy protection?"

Be aware that any software Sony has a hand in creating or distributing may contain Digital Rights Management software. That includes music cds, and now, apparently, free software. In case you ignored/missed the meat of the story early late in 2005 about Sony's DRM handiwork, rootkits are a bear to remove. Generally, unless you're a certified code wrangler, rootkits stay where they are unless their creator gets sued into removing them.


Sat Aug 25, 2007 12:37 am
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The game's also a POS, from what I hear. Not the game content--heard it was pretty damn cool, actually--but that it was chock full of bugs and such, and the only help the company gives is to update your drivers, which don't work.

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Unfortunately, the Slashdot story is large amounts FUD. If you follow through the article, you find it's not really a rootkit, but a registry entry and a few files, which store the DRM on the HD. They don't actually run in any way unless you're running a SecuROM program that requires them. The kicker is that they registry keys and files are purposefully malformed to prevent them from being removed, which is a sleazy tactic, but not really a rootkit, as there are no alterations to explorer to keep something running in the background out of sight.

Also, I can tell you that Bioshock is probably the first PC game that NEVER crashed on me, or glitched out in any way. I even alt-tabbed out a dozen times, which windows games HATE you to do while playing full screen. In fact, of all the people I've talked to who run it, nobody's had a problem with glitches.


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The issue I have with it is that when you uninstall either the demo or the game, SecuRom stays.


Sat Aug 25, 2007 11:35 am
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That it does. Apparently there were quite a few popular games that used it in the past as well, so its malformed keys and files are present on many computers.


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