Valve says CS:GO and TF2 players need not be alarmed by code leaks

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On Wednesday Counter Strike Global Offensive (CS:GO) and Team Fortress 2 (TF2) players were handed a piece of worrying news.

It was alleged that source code for the aforementioned games had been leaked. While this in and of itself is worrying, things were dialed up when a claim began circulating that malicious code could be run while you were playing the game.

According to a report by PCGamer, the TF2 group, Red Sun Over Paradise claimed, “Allegedly, a remote code execution exploit that could be used to run malicious code on your client has already been discovered and many more of that kind are likely to come. I recommend you not to play the game at all on online servers until Valve themselves gives us the clear.”

The good news is that both TF2 and CS:GO have allayed fears that players of the games are at risk.

As regards TF2, the code leak was actually released to partners back in 2017 and was leaked in 2018.

“We will continue to investigate the situation and will update news outlets and players if we find anything to prove otherwise. In the meantime, if anyone has more information about the leak, the Valve security page describes how best to report that information,” reads a thread on the TF2 Twitter page.

As regards, CS:GO, that leak also appears to be of old code.

“We have reviewed the leaked code and believe it to be a reposting of a limited CS:GO engine code depot released to partners in late 2017, and originally leaked in 2018. From this review, we have not found any reason for players to be alarmed or avoid the current builds,” the developers said on Twitter.

The response are carbon-copies of each other because, well, Valve develops both games.

Players have been urged to report security issues via the official channels should they suspect there is a problem.

For now, both games are safe to play.

Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz writes news, reviews, and opinion pieces for Hypertext. His interests include SMEs, innovation on the African continent, cybersecurity, blockchain, games, geek culture and YouTube.