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Security flaw in EA’s Origin client exposed gamers to hackers

Electronic Arts has fixed a vulnerability in its online gaming platform Origin after security researchers found they could trick an unsuspecting gamer into remotely running malicious code on their computer.
The bug affected Windows users with the Origin app installed. Tens of millions of gamers use the Origin app to buy, access and download games. To make it easier to access an individual game’s store from the web, the client has its own URL scheme that allows gamers to open the app and load a game from a web page by clicking a link with origin:// in the address.
But two security researchers, Daley Bee and Dominik Penner of Underdog Security, found that the app could be tricked into running any app on the victims computer.
“An attacker could’ve ran anything they wanted,” Bee told TechCrunch.
Security flaw in EA’s Origin client exposed gamers to hackers
‘Popping calc’ to demonstrate a remote code execution bug in Origin. (Image: supplied)
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