New WinRAR Fixes a 19-year-old Bug That Left Millions of Users Vulnerable 2019
• Researchers claim that there was vulnerability in the last 19 years in Winkar
• WinRAR has now fixed the bug in a new beta release
• Potentially, millions of users may be affected by bugs
If you have used Windows PCs in the 2000s, then it is likely that you have used Winirar or have come.
The popular file extraction software claims 500 million users. It allows users to remove zip and other file archives on their Windows PC. You can also really use it without paying for it.
Recently, researchers highlighted a 19-year-old bug that could affect millions of pc.
Security researchers from Czech Point Research claimed to search for a bug that could allow hackers to manipulate WinRAR.
Bug allowed hackers to remove WinRAR from a program in the startup folder of a PC.
After that, malicious programs could run every time PC booted. Researchers say that the bug had existed for 19 years.
Checkpoint Research explains the bug in a detailed blog post on its website.
Its researchers claim that everyone had to rename the ACE archive with a RAR extension.
Programs capable of making Winace, ACE archives, have not been updated since 2007.
In response to Checkpoint Research, WinRAR has now fixed the bug with a new software update.
The vulnerability has been patched to the latest version 5.70 Beta 1. On Thursday, the company has also released the second beta of version 5.70.
The bug seemed to be more due to a flaw because WinRAR supported the ACE archives through third party tools.
WinRAR has now completely abandoned support for ACE archives because it is now ancient, and therefore it has not been used.
Although hackers have not received any reports of exploiting this vulnerability in the past few years, but with 500 million users and bugs present for 19 years, this seems like a big deal.
If you still use WinRAR, make sure that as soon as you update the software, a fresh stable release will be released.