Feeds

Buffer overflow bug shakes Quake

Network gamers asked to upgrade

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The Power of One eBook: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

A security flaw involving the server software that allows Quake III players to play the popular shoot-them-up over a network has been reported.

According to a posting on respected security mailing list BugTraq, a buffer overflow vulnerability in Quake III Arena Server could allow a malicious users to crash a system hosting the game.

The issue, which has been reported to id Software which developed the game, has the potential, as with all buffer overflow bugs, to allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code on a server, potentially enabling him to take control of a machine.

Both Quake III Arena 1.29f and 1.29g are affected by the problem, and earlier versions of the software are believed to be safe.

A beta version of Quake III 1.29h, which addresses a "server crash exploit" and improves game play had been released by id Software, which is recommending that users of Quake III Arena 1.29f and 1.29g should upgrade. ®

External Links

Quake III arena
Discussion of the security problem from BugTraq

Related Stories

BOFH: How to upgrade your Quake Server

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications

More from The Register

next story
Secure microkernel that uses maths to be 'bug free' goes open source
Hacker-repelling, drone-protecting code will soon be yours to tweak as you see fit
How long is too long to wait for a security fix?
Synology finally patches OpenSSL bugs in Trevor's NAS
Roll out the welcome mat to hackers and crackers
Security chap pens guide to bug bounty programs that won't fail like Yahoo!'s
HIDDEN packet sniffer spy tech in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert
Don't panic though – Apple's backdoor is not wide open to all, guru tells us
Researcher sat on critical IE bugs for THREE YEARS
VUPEN waited for Pwn2Own cash while IE's sandbox leaked
Four fake Google haxbots hit YOUR WEBSITE every day
Goog the perfect ruse to slip into SEO orfice
Putin: Crack Tor for me and I'll make you a MILLIONAIRE
Russian Interior Ministry offers big pile o' roubles for busting pro-privacy browser
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.