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Does Valorant have rootkits similar to those of Undecember?

Published: 21:15, 28 October 2022
Updated: 21:31, 28 October 2022
Vanguard has gotten a easy pass while Undecember players were quick to shut it down
Vanguard has gotten a easy pass while Undecember players were quick to shut it down

Since the launch of Undecember and the rootkit that came with it. A lot of players have started the debate over whether or not the developers of Valorant have any malicious intentions. This article will answer that question.

Riot has launched the Vanguard Anticheat along with Valorant as a kernel-based anti-cheat similar to that of Undecember . So why is Undecember's rootkit such an issue if these malicious apps have been around for years? Firstly, let us define some of the keywords that will be used. 

When a program operates at a kernel level, it has complete control over everything in the system. It is reserved for processes that deal with how memory is allocated, all driver operations, etc.

A rootkit is a collection of computer software, typically malicious, designed to enable access to a computer or its software for an unauthorized user and often masks its own existence.

Now, Riot's Vanguard operates at the kernel level and the creator of Vanguard has released a statement for those worrying about the safety of their data and how their data is used. Paul Chamberlain (yes, Chamberlain) had this to say:  

“We don’t expect that any protection will remain unbreached forever, but Vanguard’s protections are strong, and as cheat developers’ tactics evolve, so will ours.” 

Valorant Vanguard gives itself the power to check on your drivers because it is kernel-level Vanguard gives itself the power to check on your drivers because it is kernel-level

This implies that they do not have any malicious intent with the players' data but that statement is not very reassuring when considering the fact that Vanguard has no reason to function at such a high and critical level in order to achieve player security.

So what exactly is Riot's plan with all that control? When the first statement did not provide the comfort that the players needed, Riot took a different turn.

They have offered a $100,000 bounty for the discovery of security vulnerabilities in the Vanguard software. They also mentioned that cheat makers work at the kernel level, and if Vanguard doesn't get the same treatment as the cheats, it'll be at a disadvantage.


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