Reports indicate that a bug in Grand Theft Auto V Online is putting PC players’ game and potentially even their hardware at risk.
It allegedly gives the wrong permission fraudsters and modders to miss, edit, or account information of compromised PC players. Some players report that all game and account data has been deleted, while others report that their in-game currency has been stolen. Worse, the bug allows for “partial remote code execution,” which could allow malicious users to edit player PC files. While Rockstar Games, the publisher of GTA, has not yet officially commented on the situation, many commentators encouraged PC gamers should avoid playing the game until we all have a better idea of what’s going on.
News of the problems first began to spread over the weekend in various pockets of the internet via a certain observer’s twitter account. Thesis 2 (regularly updated on Rockstar news), publishes extensive information about exploitation. Complaints also exploded on Rockstar’s official support forums.
“Gta online is currently unplayable due to serious exploits on PC, this needs to be fixed,” said one user.
“Scared to play online,” commented another. “Please make this rockstar, I love this game.”
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Another merely said: “GET YOUR *** TOGETHER ROCKSTAR!”
Meanwhile, a subreddit devoted to the game has called for players to avoid the game until further notice. “As we’ve learned it is not safe to play the game on PC right now due to a very dangerous exploit that has just come to light,” reads a closed post shared on the subreddit. “We need to report this to Rockstar en masse so they don’t ignore it.”
In the same subreddit, users expressed their frustration that Rockstar still hasn’t addressed or even acknowledged the security issue: “Definitely the most inexcusable element of this. “R* is more interested in bad press than telling people how broken their game is and the threat to their privacy.” commented a user. “It really makes me think the worst, unless they can come out and say X is safe for now.”
Thesis 2monitoring the situation “Rockstar is aware [of the problem] and you entered any affected account before the first mod menu starts abusing the new exploits. However, the company itself has not issued an official statement on the matter yet.
BleepingComputer reported that the vulnerability in the exploit already has an official CVE designation and is being tracked as such. CVE-2023-24059. The CVE describes the flaw as allowing a hacker to “achieve partial remote code execution or modify files on a computer.” However, not many details are available on how the exploit works.
Gizmodo has reached out to Rockstar for comment on the apparent security issues, but has not heard back. We’ll update this story if they respond.
If there is an error does turned out to be real, this would be far from the first security issue Rockstar has experienced in recent memory. Last year, a cybercriminal managed to breach the gaming giant’s systems and stealing (and later leaking) the source code. for the upcoming GTA 6.
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