Reports indicate that a bug in Grand Theft Auto V Online is compromising PC gamers’ gameplay — and possibly even hardware.
The bug reportedly allows cheaters and mudders to hijack, edit, or corrupt PC gamer account information. Some players are reporting that all their gameplay and account data has been wiped, while others have said their in-game currency has been stolen. Even worse, the bug reportedly enables “partial remote code execution”, allowing malicious users to edit players’ PC files. While GTA’s publisher, Rockstar Games, has not yet officially commented on the situation, there are many commentators have encouraged PC players shouldn’t play the game until we all have a better understanding of what’s going on.
News of the issues first surfaced over the weekend in various parts of the internet, with one particular observer, the Twitter account Tez2 (which provides regular updates on Rockstar news), posting extensively about 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 fixed,” one user wrote.
“Afraid to play online,” commented another. “Please fix this rock star, I really like this game.”
Another just said, “GET YOUR ROCKSTAR TOGETHER!”
Meanwhile, a subreddit dedicated to the game has urged players to avoid the game until further notice. “As we have learned, it is currently not safe to play the game on PC 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 en masse to Rockstar so they can’t ignore it.”
On the same subreddit, users have expressed their frustration that Rockstar has not yet addressed or even acknowledged the security issue: “Definitely the most unforgivable element of this. R* is more concerned with bad press than telling people how much their game has been breached and the danger this poses to their personal information,” noticed an user. “It really makes me think the worst, when they can’t even come out and say X is safe for now.”
Tez2who has been monitoring the situation has written that “Rockstar is aware [of the problem] and 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 tracked as CVE-2023-24059. The CVE describes the bug as an opportunity for a hacker to “execute partial remote code or modify files on a PC.” However, not many details are available on how the exploit is supposed to work.
Gizmodo has reached out to Rockstar for comment on the apparent security issues, but has yet to hear back. We’ll update this story if they respond.
If the bug is doing turn out to be genuine, it would be far from the first security issue Rockstar has faced in recent times. Last year, a cybercriminal managed to compromise the gaming giant’s systems and moved on steal (and later leak) the source code. to the upcoming GTA 6.