Reports indicate that a bug in Grand Theft Auto V Online is putting PC gamers’ gameplay – and possibly even their hardware – at risk.
The mistake is supposedly allowed cheater and kidnap modders to edit, or corrupted account information of PC players. Some players report that all their game and account data was wiped while others said their game currency was stolen. Worse, the flaw allegedly allows for “partial remote code execution” that could allow malicious users to edit player PC files. While GTA’s publisher Rockstar Games has yet to officially comment on the situation, many commenters have have encouraged PC gamers should refrain from playing until we all have a better picture of what’s going on.
News of the troubles first surfaced over the weekend from various corners of the internet, with one particular observer, the Twitter account Thesis 2 (which regularly provides updates from Rockstar) and reported extensively on the exploit. Complaints also exploded on Rockstar’s official support forums.
“Gta Online on PC is currently unplayable due to serious exploits, this needs to be addressed,” wrote one user.
“Afraid to play online,” commented another. “Please fix this rock star, I really like this game.”
Another merely said: “GET YOUR *** TOGETHER ROCKSTAR!”
Meanwhile, a subreddit devoted to the game has called for players to avoid the game until further notice. “As we’ve learned it is not safe to play the game on PC right now due to a very dangerous exploit that has just come to light,” reads a pinned post shared in the subreddit. “We need to report this to Rockstar en masse so they can’t ignore it.”
On the same subreddit, users have expressed frustration that Rockstar has yet to address — or even acknowledge — the security issue: “Absolutely the most unforgivable element of it. R* is more interested in bad press than telling people to what extent their game has been hacked and the danger it poses to their personal information.” commented a user. “It really makes me think the worst when they can’t even come out and say X is safe for now.”
Thesis 2who monitored the situation wrote that “Rockstar is aware of this [of the problem] and have logged every affected account before the first mod menu started abusing the new exploits. However, the company itself has not yet released an official statement on the matter.
BleepingComputer has reported that the vulnerability associated with the exploit has already received an official CVE designation and is being tracked as CVE-2023-24059. The CVE describes the bug as allowing a hacker to “achieve partial remote code execution or modify files on a PC.” However, there are not many details on how the exploit is supposed to work.
Gizmodo has reached out to Rockstar for comment on the apparent security issues, but has not yet received a response. We’ll update this story if they reply.
If the error does prove real it would be a far cry from the first security issues Rockstar has been going through in recent times. Last year, a cybercriminal managed to compromise the gaming giant’s systems and has continued to do so Steal source code (and later reveal it). to the upcoming GTA 6.