Ethical hacker helps fix security exploit in Rift

Posted By | On 21st, Mar. 2011 Under Industry News, News | Follow This Author @GNReith


An ethical hacker known as ‘ManWitDaPlan’ recently used his powers for good and uncovered a security exploit in the recently released MMORPG Rift.

Having identified the culprit accounts that were compromising security within the game, ManWitDaPlan was promptly contacted by the developers, Trion, who were able to patch this exploit quickly.

Trion have said that “(we’re) very happy to confirm that we did fix a login vulnerability, with significant assistance from an extremely clever user.”

“The root cause was a very subtle bug in error checking of our login validations deep in the server code. No personal information or any such was leaked out, and no outside attacker penetrated our servers, networks, or databases. All totalled up, under 1% of accounts with characters have had characters impacted. However, 1% of a surprisingly large number is still very noticeable.”

“We’d definitely like to thank Mr. ManWitDaPlan for the well-timed assist,” the studio added. “Sir, we salute you and offer our most heartfelt thanks.”

It’s good to know that developers like Trion are serious about keeping their games running smoothly post-release. They’re a credit to the force.

For more info check out the Rift forums.

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  • tareq salah

    wow, you don’t see that everyday.
    i hope more good hackers and creative people would involve themselves in the gaming industry to better the experience of players.

    good for him.

  • jbg0623

    Ya know, since he helped them out maybe they should throw him a bone and give him a job. He’s a hacker which means he probably has some expirience with coding so…….hook him up.

  • doub7

    “Ethical hacker” is not a term 1 hears often. That is a really cool story, guess there r sum good dudes on the internet after all. He could have given it 2 GeoHot…lol.


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