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Re: [Full-disclosure] Could InfoSec be Worse than Death?
From: Pavel Kankovsky (peakargo.troja.mff.cuni.cz)
Date: Sat Sep 30 2006 - 04:12:29 CDT
On Mon, 25 Sep 2006, Kenneth F. Belva wrote:
> iTunes, Unbox, Speedpass/Easypass/Paypass. Do these not create cash flows?
> Could they create cash flows (or even exist) if the security mechanisms
> (DRM/authentication) were not present?
When you mention it...
How does clandestine installation of "DRM-enabling" software (e.g. the
infamous Sony rootkit) fit into your virtual trust model?
They wanted to establish one trust relation (copyright holders can believe
end users won't make illegal copies (*)) and subverted another trust
relation (end users can't trust their computers anymore (**)).
To be honest, I am afraid this is an intrinsic problem of so-called DRM.
You cannot enforce DRM (by technical means) unless you take control over
the device from its owner's hands and put it into the hands of some Big
(*) Oh yes, they won't be able to make legal copies covered by fair use
either but who cares about fair use?
(**) Whether they could trust their computers before they inserted an
infected CD into them is an interesting but different question.
--Pavel Kankovsky aka Peak [ Boycott Microsoft--http://www.vcnet.com/bms ]
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