On January 21st, we reported an issue which was allowing players to modify stats of other players via a mod menu, as well as potentially using a RCE exploit. After weeks of waiting, players will be happy to know Rockstar have released an update to combat these issues.
Before Rockstar confirmed the news, @TezFunz2 released information regarding an update to GTA Online for PC.
Players were questioning whether this would be the update to fix the on-going issues with players using mod menus to modify players stats however, shortly after, Rockstar confirmed this following a release of the patch notes. In the notes, they confirmed a “security” update:
- Implemented a new data protocol in GTA Online to improve the security of network sessions and player-to-player messaging
- Fixed an issue that could result in a player’s GTA Online experience being modified by a third party, including:
- altering GTA$ balance, RP level, Bad Sport status, and other player stats
- manipulation of players being kicked or crashed
They also made “General stability improvements” however we are unsure what this exactly relates to. It appeared that the RCE exploit didn’t stop players from playing the game, with 80,000 still playing on the 22nd January, shortly after the issue was reported on Twitter. However, hopefully the update above will mean the GTA Online community can rest easy knowing their hard work cannot be altered in a split second. Better late than never, I guess?