May 18, 2020

Meanwhile: Deep Within the Code of Doom Eternal...

Doom Eternal comes with a kernel level anti-cheat program.

This was reported on over at Ambient Irony as basically malware, and it is being flagged as such by anti-virus programs

Ars Technica seems quite sanguine about the situation however, and says that this is vastly less terrifying than the rootkit anti-cheat/DRM programs put in other games. 

In other news, malaria is less scary than smallpox. 

Now I don't know jack about coding and to me a kernal is an individual corn seed or a non-naval officer rank right under Brigadier General. 

So....Those of you in IT, please opine.

Is this actually as bad as it looks?

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Posted by: The Brickmuppet at 10:28 AM | Comments (5) | Add Comment
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1 It is every bit as bad as it looks, if not worse. Claiming it's not as dangerous and insecure as other products that claim to prevent cheating/piracy is like saying "we lube the chainsaw before inserting it".


Posted by: J Greely at Mon May 18 11:06:11 2020 (ZlYZd)

2 Yeah, think of the kernal as the computer's central nervous system. They're essentially inserting a control mechanism into it.

Posted by: StargazerA5 at Mon May 18 14:26:10 2020 (udqL+)

3 I can't find the reference at the moment, but one of Microsoft's senior engineers once published some numbers on what causes Windows to crash based on many thousands of auto-submitted reports, and badly-written kernel drivers were way out in the lead.

And that's with things that are trying to make your computer work correctly. Drivers that are designed to detect undesired behaviors and stop them have the potential to be far worse. After all, do you really think they're hiring the best and most conscientious developers and QA testers, and bending over backwards to ensure they cause no harm?


Posted by: J Greely at Mon May 18 17:10:22 2020 (ZlYZd)

4 The thing about this particular anti-cheat is that apparently not many people are playing multiplayer, but it's still around in single player.  I don't generally cheat in games, but it's none of Bethesda's damn business if I want to cheat in single-player.
I already wasn't going to buy this because, honestly, I haven't finished the last DOOM yet, but now there's no way I'm buying it before it's inevitably cracked and Denuvo/Bethesda patch it out (which is what normally happens when Denuvo for a particular game is cracked.)

Posted by: Rick C at Mon May 18 19:12:38 2020 (Iwkd4)

5 BTW I don't know what's up with that picture but Firefox really hates it--it's coming in like a 24-bit animated GIF on dialup, one scan line at a time.  (I don't know if it's FF or a temporary site hiccup, as I loaded this post in Edge and the picture came in instantly.)

Posted by: Rick C at Mon May 18 19:14:19 2020 (Iwkd4)

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