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WinRAR has a bug: 500 million users at risk

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WinRAR has a bug
CheckPoint researchers discovered a vulnerability in WinRAR that endangered the PCs of 500 million users. Here’s what to do to defend yourself

A bug in WinRAR has endangered the personal data of over 500 million users . Check Point researchers, a company specializing in cybersecurity, discovered the flaw and immediately warned the developers of WinRAR. A patch to solve the problem has already been released. The bug r any PC vulnerable to any type of cyber attack and gave hackers the ability to take control of the computer and the entire corporate network.

The vulnerability was present on WinRAR since the release of the first version and has affected all the versions developed in the last 19 years. The problem lay in the UNACEV2.DLL library used to decompress files in ACE format. By exploiting the vulnerability, hackers could hide viruses in the ACE files that infect the computer without the user being aware of it. The library had no countermeasure against this type of attack and made the PC vulnerable. WinRAR has released a patch that disables the offending library.

What is likely to use an old version of WinRAR

If you are still using an outdated version of WinRAR, you are endangering the security of your data and your PC. The vulnerability discovered by CheckPoint researchers allows hackers to take control of the PC and the corporate network. The developers of WinRAR have released a new version ( WinRAR 5.70 Beta 1 ) that solves the problem by disabling the use of the UNACEV2.DLL library. The only drawback concerns the end of support for ACE formats that can no longer be decompressed using WinRAR.

To update WinRAR just access the program website and download the latest version of the software.

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