Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Sony to Recall CDs with XCP Rootkit.


For those of you who listen to my podcast, know that I've been following the details on the "Scandal" (for lack of a better word) Sony Copy Protected CDs containing the XCP rootkit.    These CDs were only supposed to be distributed in the USA, although there's been reports of numerous infections in the UK and other places.

The BBC News website as well as others indicated that Sony announced that they are recalling titles with the XCP copy protect rootkit, existing copies off store shelves.  Sony released a tool that removes the rootkit from computers, however there've been problems with this, so there's also rumor that Sony may be offering a swap for customers that already own a copy of the CD with the rootkit.    

There are 20 CD titles known to contain the rootkit; they are:
  1. Trey Anastasio - Shine
  2. Celine Dion - On ne Change Pas
  3. Neil Diamond - 12 Songs
  4. Our Lady Peace - Healthy in Paranoid Times
  5. Chris Botti - To Love Again
  6. Van Zant - Get Right with the Man
  7. Switchfoot - Nothing is Sound
  8. The Coral - The Invisible Invasion
  9. Acceptance - Phantoms
  10. Susie Suh - Susie Suh
  11. Amerie - Touch
  12. Life of Agony - Broken Valley
  13. Horace Silver Quintet - Silver's Blue
  14. Gerry Mulligan - Jeru
  15. Dexter Gordon - Manhattan Symphonie
  16. The Bad Plus - Suspicious Activity
  17. The Dead 60s - The Dead 60s
  18. Dion - The Essential Dion
  19. Natasha Bedingfield - Unwritten
  20. Ricky Martin - Life

    If you own one of these CDs, and would like a swap.  Please call your local retailer, and inquire about a replacement.  

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