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Just when you think things can’t get any worse for Electronic Arts, it turns out they quite easily can.
While running a series of tests on EA’s Origin online store, security company ReVuln have uncovered a major exploit within its programming. One which would effectively allow someone with the right amount of knowledge of how the system works to screw with a user’s PC and upload a malicious code to cause problems for them. Effectively remotely hacking other users’ computers.
The exploit in question has been described as follows by ReVuln researchers Donato Ferrante and Luigi Auriemma in a paper detailing the exact issue: “The Origin platform allows malicious users to exploit local vulnerabilities or features by abusing the Origin URI handling mechanism. In other words, an attacker can craft a malicious internet link to execute malicious code remotely on [a] victim’s system, which has Origin installed.”