This morning a disturbing security loophole was found in Ubisoft’s Uplay DRM service. Rock, Paper, Shotgun found that Uplay installs a browser plugin, while not intending to be malicious, can be easily and accessibly used by hackers to exploit your PC. Since DRM is already a nasty word among PC gamers, having a plug-in installed without your permission and having the possibility of putting your privacy at risk, Ubisoft should feel a little ashamed of themselves right about now. This plug-in affects over 22 titles and dates all the way back to Assassin’s Creed II in 2009. Ubisoft has released an official patch and announcement on the security loophole:
“We have made a forced patch to correct the flaw in the browser plug-in for the Uplay PC application that was brought to our attention earlier today. We recommend that all Uplay users update their Uplay PC application without a Web browser open. This will allow the plug-in to update correctly. An updated version of the Uplay PC installer with the patch also is available from Uplay.com.”
No apology aside, if you still don’t trust Ubisoft, you can simply search your browser’s add-ons/plugins section and the delete the Uplay and Uplay Web Hub plug-ins. Maybe Ubisoft will not be so careless and sneaky, and just let consumers know when they plan to install something that tracks their players internet interactions.
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