Street Fighter V PC Update Installs Hidden Rootkit, Makes PCs Vulnerable to Malware

Street Fighter V PC Update Installs Hidden Rootkit, Makes PCs Vulnerable to Malware
Street Fighter V’s latest update adds new content
It also makes PCs vulnerable to malware
Capcom has now rolled back the update
Fighting game Street Fighter V received an update allowing you to, among other things, hone your skills against the CPU and try out Urien – a character that first appeared in Street Fighter III: 2nd Impact. It also put PCs at risk of malware by installing a rootkit which gives any installed app kernel-level privileges.

What this means is, any malicious software on a PC can manipulate Street Fighter V into taking complete control of it. Capcom claims the update prevents players from cheating but it is so poorly implemented that it leaves your entire system at risk.

(Also see: How Capcom Is Making Street Fighter V for Newbies and Hardcore Fans Alike)

Nonetheless, Capcom has already pulled this update all while letting fans keep the aforementioned content. A speedy response, warranted given the nature of the issue at hand.

“The rollback to the PC version of SFV prior to the security measure update is now live. The new September content is included,” the company tweeted.

(Also see: What’s Street Fighter V’s Bollywood Connection?)

We found Street Fighter V to be a poor successor to Street Fighter IV. Barebones content, inconsistent online performance, and a dependency on being always online did Street Fighter V no favours and updates meant to bolster the game launched in such a fashion just make things worse. Although, it does sport a rather interesting Bollywood-inspired easter egg.

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