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Windows 7: Researchers find critical vulnerabilities in popular game engines


22 May 2013   #1

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Researchers find critical vulnerabilities in popular game engines

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Security researchers found serious vulnerabilities in the engines of several popular first-person shooter video games that could allow attackers to compromise their online servers and the computers of players accessing them.

Security researchers Luigi Auriemma and Donato Ferrante from Malta-based security consultancy firm ReVuln found memory corruption and buffer-overflow issues in “CryEngine 3,” “Unreal Engine 3,” “Hydrogen Engine” and “id Tech 4.” These are game engines that are used in video games like “Quake 4,” “Crysis 2,” “Homefront,” “Brink,” “Monday Night Combat,” “Enemy Territory: Quake Wars”, “Sanctum”, “Breach,” “Nexuiz” and many others.
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23 May 2013   #2

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It seems that the hack is possible for multi-player games, where the server hosts the game. The hacker would need to host a rogue server, or hack the existing one, to exploit the clients.

Yet another company that sells exploits to third-parties, including governments, quote:
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ReVuln doesn’t report vulnerabilities to affected vendors. The company sells information about newly discovered vulnerabilities to third-party companies and government agencies as part of a subscription-based service.
Disclosing this vulnerability to the public may indicate that there were no takers for this exploit pack; that might've been due to the complexity, limited range where it would've been useful, and targeting an individual.
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