Doom 3 exploit

Discussion in 'Games, Gaming & Game-demos' started by Rasp, Aug 5, 2004.

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  1. Rasp

    Rasp Member Guru

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    I run #doom3 on the IRC network Gamesurge and something occured yesterday that I thought I'd alert you all of so it doesn't happen to you.

    A user, and one who has been idling there for a few weeks, posted a link that showed how to play co-op mode. I didn't think anything of it. I went afk for a while to do some work and I came back to a channel going nuts. Apparently this link led to website that claimed you needed to have a special .pak in order to play co-op. People downloaded it and joined this server this kid pasted. Upon joining, their game crashed and when they tried to log back in they got "CD key in use". After multiple reboots and no change, it was concluded that this was a key theft tactic. The kid admitted to it a few minutes later but apparently with this .pak, and by joining a server that's not encrypted, the admin is able to get your CD key which is what he did. Sure didn't take long for the first "hack" to be released for this game. The unbelievable part of the entire thing was that the site that the hacked .pak could be found at was a REAL Doom 3 site. Foreign, of course, but had a domain and a beautiful layout. It looked professional basically.

    Anyways, just wanted to let everyone know to keep a heads-up and don't download anything someone tells you to.
     
  2. glock38

    glock38 Ancient Guru

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    Damn thats cold!!!
     
  3. SamHughe

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    I'm sure they've been preparing for this for a loong time!
    Bastards!!!

    SamHughe
     
  4. Crucible

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    Haha, I wonder how many people just lost about 55-60 dollars. Maybe with any luck since they just bought the game they can return it for a new copy.
     

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    That's particularly nasty. Some people are just unmoral scum.

    Same kind of thing happened with UT2004 when it was first released as well.
     
  6. StatyxiVi

    StatyxiVi Guest

    well...at least ID could encrypt the keys or something. i mean come on...it's in a file called doomkey! and there's no encryption.
     
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    MiNI Ancient Guru

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    hmmm
    when i opened the doomkey file in note pad it was 2 letters short of the key printed on my box.. :Oi
     
  8. X-Todd

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    thats normal, the last 2 numbers/characters are just a CHECKSUM and is only used during the initial install i believe
     
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    When I bought Doom III at EB Games, the clerk told me that ID would not allow open copies to be returned. Sucks for those people.
     
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    They could try to send the original printed CD-key to ID to get it banned, and hope to get a new one.
     

  11. Art Vandalay

    Art Vandalay Guest

    Was bound to happend from cheap skates.

    Anyway, you should only trust mods made by known makers like OrangeSmoothieProductions, 3wave and such.

    mods made by some guy from some unknown clan = get away.
     
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    OoOOoOO I feel for the guy
     
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    Thank you very much =)
     
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    The clerk is touting EB's company line. Which is BS as usual. The fact is that id HAS to accept returned goods in cases where theft by misadventure can be proven (with IP logs, statutory declarations from the victims etc), however its far more likely that they would just ban the stolen keys and reissue new ones.
     
  15. X-Todd

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    found this article at
    http://doom3.enterthegame.com/

    Co-op Mod Safe!
    Official EntertheGame.com Network Doom III Channel | 08.05.2004 | abraham


    Surely you`ve seen the hype about DooM 3`s Co-op Mod supposedly containing a Russian-coded, cd-key stealing trojan. This bs was purported by several DooM 3 websites and noted in a post over at esreality.com. It started the rumor mill churning about why all you ******* THIEVES who downloaded the game and generated cd-keys illegally suddenly got "cd-key already in use" errors when joining a MP game.

    It`s a hoax, folks! :D The file contained in the Co-op Mod is just a normal .pak file, and once extracted is, according to staff member Slave, [18:21] [Slave`]> just a maps.def , just a map list for the multiplayer mode thats all.

    So, enjoy with a friend once more, it`s safe!
     

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    uh what? could you clear up what it is you are saying. it is only doing it to ppl who downloaded it?
     
  17. X-Todd

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    according to the article,
    the fact that people were getting their cdkeys stolen at all was a hoax.

    they extracted the PK4 file from the co op mod, and there was noting in there besides a map file that tells the game how co op works.
    thats it.

    no hack to get cd keys or anything.
    my friend has the co op mod himself and he extracted it.
    and he agreed.

    so i dont know.
     
  18. X-Todd

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    hey Tidus, post that site you said your friends got that .pk4 file from.
    i want to check it out.
     
  19. Rasp

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    I'll have to check IRC logs.

    On a side note, the site I was referring to did have a trojan within the .pak. I even downloaded it and scanned it and low and behold, "trojan detected". I don't care what EnterTheGame users say.
     
  20. X-Todd

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    well maybe they took the one with the trojan out and replaced it with a normal one right after some people downloaded it?

    whats why no one can find the trojan.

    i dont know.
    im just relaying info i read.
     
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