Tuesday January 31, 2023

Hackers could take control of your entire computer through Dark Souls 3 exploit

According to Dexerto, a dangerous remote code execution exploit (RCE), was found in Dark Souls 3. This could allow a bad actor to take control of your computer. This vulnerability is only for PC gamers who play online and could potentially affect Dark Souls 2, Dark Souls 2 and the upcoming Elden Ring. The exploit was discovered during The__Grim__Sleeper’s Twitch stream of Dark Souls 3 online. The stream ends at 1:20:22. The__Grim__Sleeper’s Dark Souls 3 online stream crashes. A robotic voice from Microsoft’s text to speech generator starts criticizing his game. The__Grim__Sleeper reports that Microsoft PowerShell opened itself. This is a sign that a hacker used this program to trigger the text-to speech feature. This was not likely to be a malicious hacker. A screenshotted post on SpeedSouls’ Discord could reveal the “hacker’s” true intentions. According to the post, the “hacker”, who was aware of the vulnerability, tried to contact Dark Souls developer FromSoftware to discuss the matter. He was reportedly ignored and so he began hacking on streamers to bring attention to the issue. The outcome could have been worse if a bad actor had discovered the problem earlier. Kaspersky identifies RCE as one of the most dangerous vulnerabilities. It allows hackers to execute malicious code on the victim’s computer, potentially stealing sensitive data and causing irreparable harm. Blue Sentinel, an anti-cheat mod made by the community for Dark Souls 3, was patched to address the RCE vulnerability. A user posted on the r/darksouls3 forum explaining that only four people (hopefully) know how to execute RCE hack — two are Blue Sentinel developers and the other two are people who “worked on it,” possibly referring the individuals who discovered the problem. A representative of Bandai Namco (publisher of Dark Souls) commented on a Reddit posting in response to the issue. He stated: “Thanks very for the ping, an report on this topic has been submitted to the relevant internal departments earlier today, the information was much appreciated!” The Verge reached Bandai Namco for comment, but did not receive a response. To investigate recent reports about an issue with online services, PvP servers for Dark Souls 3, Dark Souls 2 and Dark Souls: Remastered were temporarily disabled.
Servers for Dark Souls will soon be joined by PtDE. We are sorry for the inconvenience. — Dark Souls (@DarkSoulsGame), January 23, 2022. Fortunately, Bandai Namco and FromSoftware seem to be addressing the issue. The Dark Souls Twitter account announced on Sunday morning that the Dark Souls PvP servers for Dark Souls Remastered, Dark Souls 2 and Dark Souls 3 were temporarily disabled “to allow the team investigate recent reports about an issue with online services.” It also stated that servers for Dark Souls: Prepare To Die Edition will soon be deactivated. This affects only PC players. If you play on PlayStation or Xbox, you will still be able to play online. It’s not known when the servers will be restored. Update January 23, 2010 at 10:50 AM ET: This update has been updated to reflect that servers for Dark Souls Remastered, Dark Souls 2, Dark Souls 3 and Dark Souls 3 have been temporarily disabled.

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