MICROSOFT PRIORITIES & DRM

13. September 2006, 15:38 | by WD Milner | Full Article |

Microsoft bypassed its normal monthly patch cycle Tuesday and delivered what is probably the fastest security patch ever from the company. A patch to halt the FairUse4WM DRM stripper was produced in a record 3 days from the day it became known. But FairUse4WM 1.2 has already countered the patch and is stripping DRM as fast ever with the exception that it no longer works on music subscription services and WMA files that have expirations on them so that it cannot be used to abuse subscription services and allow people to download the entire music catalog and disable the DRM. This compromise will hopefully avoid a panicked reaction from Microsoft to protect its partnership with the music industry and the subscription services like Napster and Yahoo.

What is most interesting about this is what it reveals about Microsoft’s priorities. Vulnerabilities in business software and web browsers go unpatched for months, some operating system vulnerabilities for years — and yet a hack that will bypass the DRM protection on media files is patched immediately ?!?

If there was ever proof that Microsoft cares more about image, money and business partners than it does about its users — the people who really made the company a success — it has just been made blatantly obvious. What does this say about the new “commitment to security”? As many have believed it appears to be just more rhetoric for business as usual.

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Keywords: Microsoft,security,patch,rhetoric,DRM

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