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Ubisoft DRM accused of making PCs vulnerable

Posted on Monday, July 30 2012 @ 17:48:26 CEST by

The Tech Report writes security researchers discovered that Ubisoft's Uplay DRM software quietly installs a browser plug-in that contains a backdoor. According to the report, all it takes is a maliciously crafted web page to execute arbitrary code on PCs with Ubisoft Uplay:
Tavis Ormandy, one of Google's security engineers, reportedly uncovered the backdoor and wrote about it on the Seclists.org mailing list on Sunday. Ormandy posted a few lines of JavaScript code as a tentative (and untested) proof of concept. The story made it onto Hacker News this morning, as did a working implementation of the proof of concept. According to the Hacker News post, the code was confirmed to work on a PC with Assassin's Creed on a Windows 7 system with Firefox installed. The proof of concept apparently loads up the Windows Calculator. HackerNews says the following games come with Uplay software and may make users' PCs vulnerable:

  • Assassin's Creed II
  • Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
  • Assassin's Creed: Project Legacy
  • Assassin's Creed Revelations
  • Assassin's Creed III
  • Beowulf: The Game
  • Brothers in Arms: Furious 4
  • Call of Juarez: The Cartel
  • Driver: San Francisco
  • Heroes of Might and Magic VI
  • Just Dance 3
  • Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
  • Pure Football
  • R.U.S.E.
  • Shaun White Skateboarding
  • Silent Hunter 5: Battle of the Atlantic
  • The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom
  • Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. 2
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
  • Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction
  • Your Shape: Fitness Evolved
  • Details on how to disable the plug-in can be found at Rock, Paper, Shotgun. The site also mentions that Ubisoft claims it has resolved the issue with Uplay version 2.04.



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