The vulnerability CVE-2023-24059 has been assigned for the game GTA V. Grand Theft Auto V, or GTA V for short, is an open-world action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games. It is the fifth main game in the Grand Theft Auto series and was released in 2013 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 platforms. It was then released for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms in April 2015, and finally for Microsoft Windows in January 2018.
The game allows players to take on the role of three protagonists: Michael De Santa, Franklin Clinton and Trevor Philips, who have their own stories and goals, but are interconnected. Players can freely move around the fictional city of Los Santos and the surrounding area, complete missions, steal cars and other vehicles, use weapons and interact with other characters.
However, now there is a serious security warning for everyone who plays the game on their PC. A vulnerability has been discovered, referred to as CVE-2023-24059, which allows attackers to partially perform remote code execution or modify files on a PC. This means that attackers are able to execute malicious code on the affected computers and thus take control of them.
A remote code execution is a type of security breach where an attacker is able to execute malicious code on a remote computer. This can lead to the attacker taking control of the affected computer and using it for their own purposes, such as spying on confidential information or creating botnets.
This exploit is currently being exploited in the wild and allows potential attackers to affect gamers’ real lives. This can lead to serious problems, e.g. personal data ends up on the
and, for example, identity theft, data loss or even financial losses occur.
Those who are currently playing with crime in the game therefore very easily run the risk that this will go beyond the game and the virtual crime will have an effect on real life, after their own PC has been affected first.
Current recommendation on CVE-2023-24059
For this reason, we recommend all gamers to uninstall the game for the time being until Rockstar Games releases a security update that fixes this vulnerability. It’s important to take your online security seriously and take the necessary steps to protect yourself and your data. In the meantime, there are some steps you can take to protect yourself from attacks. For example, you should make sure that the firewall is enabled and all other security settings are up to date, as well as use a daily updated virus and malware scanner. At queries in this regard, we will be happy to provide tips. It is also important to make regular backups of your important data in case something goes wrong.
It is important to understand that such security breaches must be taken seriously and that you should act quickly to protect yourself and your data. We recommend all gamers who play the game GTA V on their PC to take the above mentioned protective measures and wait for a security update from Rockstar Games before reinstalling the game.
Background information on CVE-2023-24059
CVE stands for Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures and is a standardized system for identifying security vulnerabilities in software and hardware. It was developed by the non-profit organization MITRE Corporation and is supported by the U.S. government.
A CVE number is assigned to a vulnerability once it is discovered and confirmed. Assigning a CVE number (here: CVE-2023-24059) helps to uniquely identify the vulnerability and gather information about it. It also allows security experts and developers to understand more quickly what the impact of the vulnerability is and what steps need to be taken to close it.
A CVE number is assigned by the MITRE Corporation, which also operates the national Cybersecurity Automation Program (NCAP). This organization works closely with other government agencies, companies, and security experts to collect and disseminate vulnerability information and ensure that CVE numbers are assigned quickly and accurately.
In practice, the numbers are reported by the manufacturers themselves, by the community or security researchers, and then confirmed and assigned by MITRE.