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Ubisoft uPlay Security Flaw

Computer and Video Games has follow-up on reports of a vulnerability in Ubisoft's uPlay service that could possibly allow the access of files on user's PCs. The story reflects initial impressions that this may have been included intentionally as a rootkit DRM, but they have subsequent comments from researchers indicating they think this was more likely an unintentionally security mess-up (thanks Joao). There's a follow up note on Kotaku on how to clean this out of your system if you are "infected" (thanks nin).

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42. Re: Ubisoft uPlay Security Flaw Jul 31, 2012, 09:12 Verno
 
Creston wrote on Jul 30, 2012, 17:12:
Admittedly, the only game I ever had that installed Uplay was the latest Assassin's Creed, and I got that outside of Steam. And it simply asked me "Do you want to install our wonderful Uplay add-ins for your browser? It will let you do really awesome stuff, like... ehm... well... erm, really AMAZING STUFF!!!!"

I guess I didn't think about Steam just forcing that shit straight onto your computer. THANKS STEAM!

It wasn't Steam surprisingly. I installed From Dust and it completed the setup procedures then when I ran UPlay it installed everything without consent. I had no idea the browser plugins were even installed until I tested the exploit yesterday morning. They fixed it quickly which is all well and good but they should never be using elevated process privileges to install things without users consent.
 
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