Capcom promises Street Fighter 5 rollback after “rootkit” discovered in the latest update

The offending file came into play as part of a client-side security update Capcom released earlier this week. “As a part of the new content and system update releasing later today, we’re also rolling out an updated anti-crack solution (note: not DRM) that prevents certain users from hacking the executable. The solution also prevents memory address hack that are commonly used for cheating and illicitly obtaining in-game currency and other entitlements that haven’t been purchased yet,” Capcom said at the time. “The anti-crack solution does not require online connectivity in order to play the game in offline mode; however, players will be required to click-confirm each time they boot up the game. This step allows ‘handshake’ to take place between the executable and the dependent driver prior to launch.”

A number of users on Steam are reporting that Street Fighter 5 refuses to run since the update, but the bigger problem is the security risk the unsecured driver creates. The Register has a technical breakdown of what’s going on if that’s your bag, but the summary hits the bottom-line nail pretty squarely on the head. “This means any malicious software on the system can poke a dodgy driver installed by SFV to completely take over the Windows machine,” the site says. “Capcom claims it uses the driver to stop players from hacking the game to cheat. Unfortunately, the code is so badly designed, it opens up a full-blown local backdoor.”

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