UTorrent vulnerabilities leave users at risk of hacking and snooping

UTorrent vulnerabilities leave users at risk of hacking and snooping”

The attacker only needs to trick a user with a vulnerable uTorrent client to access a malicious web page. Malicious websites can enter users' systems through the security holes and then insert malicious code into their Windows startup folder, Ars Technica explains. A Google Project Zero researcher named Tavis Ormandy was the first to highlight the flaw and demonstrate an exploit.

There's a serious security vulnerability affecting both the Windows desktop and Web version of uTorrent which could allow attackers to remotely execute code and wreak havoc on computers. The vulnerability is now public because a patch is available, and BitTorrent have already exhausted their 90 days anyway. The company pushed out a patch for the security bugs in the next beta version, but there seem to be conflicting reports about whether or not the patch actually fixes the security holes. However, Ormandy was skeptical the uTorrent Web client had been fully fixed, believing the software to still be vulnerable to attack.

BitTorrent, Inc., the company behind uTorrent, has released version 3.5.3 Beta for the uTorrent Classic client to address the issues, which is expected to reach the stable branch in the coming days.

BitTorrent chose to issue a statement on the matter recently, confirming Ormandy's research and explaining that an attacker could craft a URL which would trigger actions such as adding a torrent in the client without the user's consent.

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BitTorrent told The Register the flaws should all be resolved this week, including the Web app Ormandy was concerned about.

"We highly encourage all uTorrent Web customers to update to the latest available build available on our website and also via the in-application update notification", a spokesperson for BitTorrent said in an email.

"I've never had an open source project take this long to fix a vulnerability before, so I usually don't even mention the 90-day limit if the vulnerability is in an open source project". The uTorrent version, is available for download and uTorrent Web users can update to the latest available build BitTorrent, the developer of the uTorrent apps, claims that the bugs have now been fixed in a beta release of the uTorrent Windows desktop app. He also found a similar RPC server and DNS rebinding flaw in the Transmission client as well.

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