Central Fiction Exploit allows hackers to execute files on your PC

This is a public service announcement for all of BlazBlue: Central Fiction. An exploit has been discovered for the 2016 Hunter 2D from Arc System Works (creators of the BlazBlue and Guilty Gear franchises) that makes computers hosting lobbies vulnerable.

According to several warnings posted on Discord and social media, this exploit affects those who host games on Steam lobby servers. The exploit allows someone who connects to your lobby to send a payload that downloads and executes files on the host computer. This means that a hacker could freely install malware on the host computer, allowing them to steal passwords or provide them with remote access.

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The payload disguises itself as “iDmacDrv32.dll”, a dll file already present in a base installation of BlazBlue: Central Fiction. Hosting lobbies makes the host vulnerable, so the best way to stay safe is to keep your lobbies to invite only. It is also recommended to ensure that your anti-virus software is up to date and running.

If someone joins your game and it crashes, you can get rid of the payload by verifying the game files. Just go to your Steam library, right-click on BlazBlue: Central Fiction, then click ” properties”, “local files”, then on “verify integrity of game files”.

However, the time it takes to check files can already give hackers enough time to install malware, so make sure your antivirus software is working as well. Arc System Works has already been notified of the vulnerability, so expect a patch to fix this exploit shortly.

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