Account dedicated to Rockstar Games Tez2 (opens in new tab) recently shared evidence of a security vulnerability in Grand Theft Auto Online. Many players have reported having their account progress reversed or being kicked or blocked from joining games on PC. There is a pinned post on the GTA Online subreddit (opens in new tab) Focus on the problem and bring it to the attention of rockstars and developers spider (opens in new tab)who created the custom GTA 5 firewall tool Guardian (opens in new tab), warns that modders using exploits are at risk of remote code execution via GTA Online. This means hackers can remotely activate malware on the PC running the game.
Reported by Tez2 (opens in new tab) Rockstar is aware of this issue, is working on it, and has reached out to Rockstar for comment.
The first exploit described in Tez2 allowed modders to steal another user’s rank and in-game money, resetting their account progress completely or effectively banning them from playing online in a similar way. You can “corrupt” your account in any number of ways. For old Dark Souls item hacks.
1 user on Twitter, @balki boy (opens in new tab), indicated that he was immediately kicked out of his GTA Online session after unlocking the Guardian firewall. another, @Fluuffball (opens in new tab), showed gameplay from an allegedly “corrupted” account. Every time I connected to GTA Online, the camera would zoom up into the air and stay there, never connecting to the game.
As a fix for corrupted accounts, Tez2 mentioned (opens in new tab) After deleting the Rockstar Games folder from My Documents and launching GTA Online, your profile data should be updated. Of course, until we get an official answer from Rockstar, it’s probably best to avoid GTA Online altogether.
Tez2 describes the exploit as “partial remote code execution,” which allows hackers to further compromise security. Meanwhile, Guardian creator Speyedr seems to think the development of full remote code execution with GTA Online is imminent, and he’s advised not to play the game on PC until a patch is applied. Advice.
Speyedr’s tool, Guardian, can potentially prevent exploits, but developers don’t want to put users at risk, especially those who don’t know how to deploy properly. Speydr temporarily removed Guardian files from GitHub (opens in new tab)and players are advised to stay away from GTA Online until the issue is resolved.
The whole situation is very reminiscent of the remote code execution vulnerability that caused Bandai Namco to bring down the Dark Souls series multiplayer servers. (opens in new tab) more than half a year. Like Speydr and Guardian, Dark Souls has Blue Sentinels security tools, and vulnerabilities discovered and reported by network-savvy players prompted Bandai Namco to take action. Further updates will be coming as the GTA Online story progresses.