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Critical Vulnerabilities In Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, CryEngine 3 77

hypnosec writes with news that two security consultants have found vulnerabilities in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and the CryEngine 3 graphics engine that could harm game makers and players alike. Presenting at the Power of Community (POC2012) security conference, the researchers demonstrated how a denial-of-service attack could affect Modern Warfare 3, and how a server-level attack on CryEngine 3 allowed them to "create a remote shell on a game-player's computer." "'Once you get access to the server, which is basically the interface with the company, you can get access to all of the information on the players through the server,' Ferrante said. In general, game companies don't seem to be very focused on security but rather on performance of the game itself, Ferrante said. Adding security checks can slow down games, and if the companies don't deem the problem a very critical issue, it will usually be ignored. 'These are games that have a very large market,' Auriemma said."
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Critical Vulnerabilities In Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, CryEngine 3

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  • by Black LED ( 1957016 ) on Saturday November 10, 2012 @09:30PM (#41946825)
    They pretty much are. Some of these exploits have existed since the original id Tech 3 engine, from which Modern Warfare 3's engine is originally based. I've been using Luigi's proof of concept tools to do testing on old id Tech 3 engine games that I used to host servers on for years. With his advice I was able to work around certain problems, but not all of them.

    I am not sure how bad the vulnerabilities have become, but back then it was generally buffer overflow exploits that allowed player clients to be crashed, servers to be crashed or even the master server to be crashed. There weren't any exploits that I would consider critical, but they were highly annoying.

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