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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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40. Re: Ubisoft uPlay Security Flaw Jul 30, 2012, 20:31 Wret
 
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!

Creston

That's not what's happening. uPlay 1.xx asked permission to install the browser plugins, but the recently released 2.0 silently installs it and actually requires it or the launcher refuses to function.

I have a copy of AC:B (from Amazon, not Steam) and installed uPlay on a brand new PC a week ago, straight from Ubi's website, in order to redownload it as Ubi's servers are faster. It didn't ask or even mention anything about a browser plugin, and there's nothing in the settings either. It was installed to FF and attempts to remove it caused uPlay to insist that it's installation was broken. Disabling it was the only option short of just not installing the game.

Try it for yourself and see what happens.

Nothing to do with Steam or "mindless clicking," sorry Creston.
 
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