DRM Gone Bad: Microsoft Windows

September 28, 2010 -

Microsoft has been a strong proponent of digital rights management - especially in its windows operating system - but a recent report on PC World reveals an exploit that uses the very protections the company put in place against users. The exploit involves the msnetobj.dll library, an ActiveX Network Object. The msnetobj.dll library "is intended to prevent the owner of a computer from saving or viewing certain files except under limited circumstances, and to prevent the computer's owner from disabling" the library, according to BoingBoing.

Hackers have figured out that the library is useful for attacking computers. Apparently, the file is susceptible to three different attacks - denial of service, buffer overflow, and integer overflow. These attacks can be triggered when the user is lured to a malicious website set up to exploit the file's weakness. Once in, the site can then allow a hacker to run malicious software on the target machine.

Source PC World, Boing Boing

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Re: DRM Gone Bad: Microsoft Windows

When are they gonna phase out ActiveX? It's been nothing but a hole you could drive a tank through.

Re: DRM Gone Bad: Microsoft Windows

I doubt its as much as DRM gone bad but rather complete ineptitude on MSs part to build a easy to use functional rights system that is backed up by a online community. MS shat on it since they are to busy screwing up the 360.....


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Re: DRM Gone Bad: Microsoft Windows

Pretty much the word "ActiveX" is all the explanation anyone should need.

Re: DRM Gone Bad: Microsoft Windows

My first thought was "An ActiveX exploit? NO! That certainly would never happen!"

Re: DRM Gone Bad: Microsoft Windows

Wow, Microsoft better fix this up before shit hits the fan.

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Re: DRM Gone Bad: Microsoft Windows

I doubt they'll go out of cycle for this one; expect a patch on Tuesday the 12th.

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