‘Dark Souls 3’ Security Flaw Lets Attackers Hijack Your PC

Deepak Gupta
Deepak Gupta January 23, 2022
Updated 2022/01/23 at 4:00 PM

You might not want to play one dark souls play online for a while – not that you necessarily can. Like defect and On the edge report, the attackers uncovered a security exploit in dark souls 3 (and potentially Elden ring) for Windows that allows attackers to remotely run control and hijack your PC efficiently. Streamers like The_Grim_Sleeper have learned about the potential damage firsthand – in his case, the intruder launched Microsoft PowerShell and ran a text-to-speech script criticizing him for his gameplay.

The exploiter may have no malicious intent. a post at the SpeedSouls Discord claimed that the hacker was trying to alert the FromSoftware developer about the dark souls 3 vulnerability, but turned to compromising streamers to highlight the issue. Few people besides the perpetrator know how to use it, but there is already a patch for the unofficial Blue Sentinel anti-cheat tool.

FromSoftware and its publisher Bandai Namco responded to the exploit. they temporarily to switch off the player-versus-player servers to dark souls 3 and its predecessors while the security team investigates the flaws. It’s unclear when the servers will come back online, but From and Bandai clearly won’t restore service until they’re reasonably confident players are safe. More sinister attackers can use the flaw to steal confidential information, wreck players’ systems, and cause serious damage.

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