The Final Word: BioShock doesn't Contain a Rootkit


A rootkit is a group of programs design to take control of a system from it’s legitimate operator. There has been some controversy as to whether the PC version of BioShock contains a rootkit or not. It’s time to bury the rumors.

A gamer with the handle of Gaming Bob started the whole mess by publicising his discovery of a “SecuROM” registry setting found via Microsoft’s RootkitRevealer after he installed BioShock on his PC. He assumed that it was a rootkit included with the SecuROM anti-copying system. Since Sony has a history of using rootkits and SecuROM is a Sony product, gamers assumed the worst.

The predicament evolved from the misunderstanding of the Rootkit Revealer diagnostic tool. Microsoft explains that the tool “lists Registry and file system API discrepancies that may indicate the presence of a user-mode or kernel-mode rootkit”. While the listing was a discrepancy, it was ultimately found not to be a rootkit.

From the 2K FAQ for BioShock:

“SecuROM DOES NOT USE any root kit technology in its implementation. SecuROM Product Activation does place a folder and registry keys on your system. These folders are used only for storage of license information and information to assist with disc authentication. Please do not modify or delete these files. Tampering with these files may result in authentication issues.”

While SecuROM and other anti-piracy programs like it can be an annoyance to gamers it isn’t a rootkit.

via ars technica

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