quote: So it's a trojan, not a rootkit. That makes me feel so much better.
quote: You're right, it's not a rootkit.When it comes to plugins able to launch arbitrary code, there are a quite a lot Java, Flash, any ActiveX control and that's just naming the ones you have installed right now (just guessing).
quote: You're obfuscating the fundamental element of a rootkit - that is to gain unrestricted access to a system where you normally have restricted security privileges or none at all.
quote: The key point - the ability to execute arbitrary code - is exactly what makes it a rootkit.
quote: A rootkit is a stealthy type of malicious software designed to hide the existence of certain processes or programs from normal methods of detection and enable continued privileged access to a computer.
quote: I will have to disagree here. UPlay would have to be hiding something (it isn't), and would need to escalate priviledges (it doesn't). I think you need to lay off the kool-aid.
quote: I don't know where you got this load of bullshit, but it's not even close. I'm not a big fan of Wikipedia but this actually links back to a McAfee paper I read a while back.
quote: Again, we are back to the capabilities and characteristics of the software being used to define what it is. This is how all malware is categorized, based on how it does what it does. The ability to execute arbitrary code is a characteristic of all malware and applies to none specifically.
quote: ...the bottom line remains that they install this crap on your machine and should be avoided by PC users.