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News video games 09 September 2021, 12:49

author: Jacob Blazewicz

Titanfall 2 With a Gateway for Hackers? Respawn Denies

Another news spoiled the mood of Titanfall 2 fans. This time, players learned about an alleged vulnerability that would enable hackers to gains access to the player's PC. The matter is investigated by Respawn Entertainment, which claims the reports to be greatly exaggerated.

  1. Titanfall 2 community has been in a panic after news of a serious security vulnerability emerged;
  2. The alleged exploit was said to enable hacking into the player's computer when inviting someone to play the game;
  3. Respawn Entertainment launched an investigation and so far has found no evidence to confirm the rumors.

Fans of Titanfall 2 have not had a moment's rest from hackers. First, the community had to deal with attacks on servers, and then it was divided by an affair with alleged (?) saviors of the game wishing for its death, which since August lived to see several "interesting" twists and turns. Now reports have emerged of an alleged vulnerability that enables the game to be used to hack into the player's computer.

It all started with announcements on Discord, Steam and social media channels. One of them was posted by Leon "Direct Xeon" Benkovic, who recommended uninstalling the second Titanfall. In a post on Twitter, he explained that the vulnerability relates to the system for inviting players to the game. If, when decoded, a username takes up more space than the temporary buffer can accommodate, the game will allegedly use "random memory" to store information about that nickname. However, this causes the computer to start treating that record as a piece of code that can supposedly be used to run various operations. In short, the vulnerability is supposed to enable an unauthorized user to run any program, including malware, on the player's PC.

The exploit's presence was said to have been confirmed by "certain people," which was enough for the community to panic. However, some internet users were more skeptical about the extent of the problem or even its existence. Their doubts seem to be confirmed by the creators of Titanfall. Last night, Respawn Entertainment launched an investigation and a little later stated on Twitterthat, for the time being, they've ruled out the possibility of a hack using Titanfall 2. From the understanding so far it seems that the vulnerability can at most cause a forced shutdown of the game.

As a result of this announcement, some people who recommended uninstalling Titanfall 2 have deleted their posts and published a correction. However, this, most likely, false alarm did not improve the already not so cheerful mood of fans. Especially since at the same time there were reports (via Reddit) about the game being forced to shut down when trying to launch multiplayer mode. One might even suspect that this is another action aimed at discouraging users from playing the series, although it's hard to guess what the purpose of such actions would be.

Jacob Blazewicz

Jacob Blazewicz

Graduated with a master's degree in Polish Studies from the University of Warsaw with a thesis dedicated to this very subject. Started his adventure with in 2015, writing in the Newsroom and later also in the film and technology sections (also contributed to the Encyclopedia). Interested in video games (and not only video games) for years. He began with platform games and, to this day, remains a big fan of them (including Metroidvania). Also shows interest in card games (including paper), fighting games, soulslikes, and basically everything about games as such. Marvels at pixelated characters from games dating back to the time of the Game Boy (if not older).


Titanfall 2

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