Tuesday, April 28th 2020

Valorant Anti-Cheat Software Can Now Be Turned Off

Riot Games has come under fire recently for its "Vanguard" anti-cheat software found in their new game Valorant due to the use of kernel-mode drivers with Ring 0 privileges. This raised several important security and user concerns around system security and stability, while not solving the root problem Riot Games has in response released a new blog post detailing the workings of the "Vanguard" anti-cheat software. This blog post was paired with an announcement that Riot Games would be increasing the maximum payout available from their bug-bounty program and introduce a new "Vanguard" scope to help further improve security. Riot Games has also introduced new updates to Valorant which will allow users to disable "Vanguard" from the system tray when not in-game, however, this will lock the player out of Valorant until the computer is rebooted. In addition to the system tray changes is an option to fully uninstall the "Vanguard" software from the user's computer has been added at long last.
Source: Riot Games
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9 Comments on Valorant Anti-Cheat Software Can Now Be Turned Off

#1
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
It will still run with elevated admin privileges though
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#2
lexluthermiester
This crap is still little more than root-kit garbage-ware. If Riot Games is trying to scare people away, this is a good method. I'll never touch their nonsense.
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#3
sweet
Or just don't play the game. It is garbage anw.
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#4
seccentral
lexluthermiester
This crap is still little more than root-kit garbage-ware. If Riot Games is trying to scare people away, this is a good method. I'll never touch their nonsense.
as you should. as we all should.
the fake "free" stuff used to come packaged with microtransactions. then ads. now it's added total control of your computer. dear people, everything made with effort and investment has a price. there is no free shit, just fancy graphics to own your ass. when the product is free you're the product.
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#5
Vayra86
Riot? Wasn't that League of Legends?

You won't be missed. Thxbye
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#6
Flaky
Ring 0? Naah, Intel's Management Engine running at ring -3 (minus three) will protect us!
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#8
Patriot
Kernel anti-cheats don't work and only break things with win 10 rolling releases. They need to learn from cybersecurity and expect penetration or failure, they are focused on making an impenetrable wall and that is something that will never work. Layers of protection and expectation of breach... sectional security, verification of variables, memory encryption... instead of trying to detect VMs and block them... learn from how cheats hide, and hide from cheats... variables for health, recoil, spread shouldn't be hard offsets... and well, inference on mouse and keyboard inputs for aimbot/recoil macros.
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lexluthermiester
Patriot
Kernel anti-cheats don't work and only break things with win 10 rolling releases.
Good point. Microsoft changing things around is bound to bork things up for anticheat schemes.
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