Ubisoft Caught Installing Exploitable DRM Plug-in on Users' Machines
July 30, 2012 11:44 AM
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Assasin's Creed installs dangerous software -- can we say "class action lawsuit"?
Google, Inc. (
) engineer Tavis Ormandy has created a world of woe for French
software giant Ubisoft
Entertainment S.A. (
) after he
that the company was endangering customers by installing dangerous software that opened a back-door to their machines.
Ubisoft is well known for its
franchises, as well as a number of Tom Clancy titles (e.g. the
series). But according to Mr. Ormandy, Ubisoft's recent software comes with a dangerous attachment -- a browser plugin designed to support the company's secured Uplay service.
The browser plug-in acts as an accidental Trojan, allows arbitrary code execution via the opened "door" inside the affected browser. Ubisoft uses the plugin to check if the installed title is valid, allowing gamers access to online play and achievements. But according to Mr. Ormandy hackers could also exploit the open door in escalation of privileges attacks on the users' machine.
Hundreds of thousands of PC gamers are believed to be affected.
Ubisoft Uplay browser plugin allowed unauthorized acceess to users' machines.
[Image Source: Geek.com]
Affected titles include 5
games, as well as popular titles such as
Driver: San Francisco
. Mr. Ormandy first observed the exploitable plug-in while installing
Assassin's Creed: Revelations
The exploitable plug-in came with installs of Assassin's Creed titles. [Image Source: IGN]
Ubisoft had already upset customers with its DRM scheme, as many complained that they had legitimately purchased titles, but were being locked out of gameplay when their machines were offline. Ubisoft defended this policy.
Now it may be forced to defend itself in court against class action lawsuits for endangering its loyal customers.
The incident is eerily reminiscent to the rootkit discovered on Sony Corp. (
) music CDs several years ago. Sony was
subsequently sued and forced into an apology/settlement
for recklessly endangering its users.
As the plug-in does not mask its presence, in its current form it is closer to an exploitable plug-in aka. an accidental Trojan than a rootkit by definition, hence the text was changed to correct this.
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7/30/2012 2:13:32 PM
Yeah, it's not a rootkit, just a poorly constructed browser plugin. Rootkit is being used here in the same way that people use "virus" to cover all types of malware.
7/30/2012 3:46:35 PM
Agreed. This isn't a rootkit.
On a related note, Ubisoft released a patch for this today that locks the plugin to only being able to open the UPlay window, rather than "anything its told to".
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