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Valve bans an innocent gaming dev - The right decision

Over a week ago Steam banned a dev for a year for exploiting a vulnerability in its code. Tomáš Duda is a developer for a fairly popular steam game called Euro Truck Simulator. He had discovered a vulnerability in Steam’s code and notified Valve of the security risk, yet they failed to fix it. He decided to make a point by exploiting it in a completely harmless way, thus forcing Valve to act.

And act they did.

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GabeSA1243d ago

I think this seems like a classic "Tail between the legs" syndrome. So he shows their vulnerability and even gives them a heads up and they decide to Ban him. Nice. Why cant we all jut get along.

nicksetzer11243d ago (Edited 1243d ago )

Had he not taken matters into his own hands like some vigilante, then I agree completely. He was correct in pointing it out and in he surely had every right to be adamant about it, but taking action on those weaknesses was his mistake.

@jdoki Yea, valve handled incorrectly as well. Doesn't mean his actions were correct though. You know that old saying right?

Jdoki1243d ago (Edited 1243d ago )

But Valve ignored him. Leaving us, the customers, vulnerable.

It may not have been the best way to go about highlighting the issue, but I am glad he did if Valve ever bothers to patch it.

Valve were wrong to not discuss it with him. Banning him is harsh.

EDIT: I also don't agree with the article. Specifically this line "Especially a dev that has the privilege of working with you [Valve] and the massive market you give them access to."

Steam is nothing without the developers that put their games on the service. Valve make their money from taking a cut of the sales those devs bring them. If Valve / Steam treat devs like this, then there are other up and coming platforms that they may choose in future.

GabeSA1243d ago

No I absolutely agree with you....its just the way he went about it was wrong, but how else do you show vulnerability unless its tested?? Maybe this was the only way he knew how since they never listened to him....just a thought

Th4Freak1243d ago (Edited 1243d ago )

@Jdoki Yes you're right, Valve was being irresponsible however if the guy really wanted to play the "ethical hacker" card he should have played it well, that means that he should have made a PoC and make it public not exploit the vulnerability by himself, that was plain dumb, actually he should be happy that Valve didn't take legal actions against him.

And just to be clear i'm not defending Valve but the guy really screwed it, that's simply not how you do it...

HanCilliers1243d ago

He should at least get a cookie for spotting the vulnerabilities ;)

plut0nash1243d ago

Wow. Maybe Valve should reconsider what they did. I think he did it with the best intent.

HanCilliers1243d ago

Did you read the full article?

HanCilliers1243d ago

Yes, the article says that in closing...

HoldenZA1243d ago

Good to see that they eventually unbanned him.

Dark_Overlord1243d ago

"At the end of the day, Valve is a company and as such, it has a strict set of rules that need to be followed. There are legal and legitimate avenues that developers can go through to raise any concerns and Valve has the right to act on those concerns or not at all. Whilst it is admirable that Duda wanted to force Valve to correct a vulnerability that put Steam users at risk, it was not his place to do that and Valve are more than justified in banning him."

Is this guy serious?! Valve were notified multiple times about this serious exploit, yet were too lazy to do anything. This exploit could have been used for something far more sinister.

"On the other hand, Valve is a business and has its own priorities. For one thing, you can’t allow people to confront you in public and get away with it. Especially a dev that has the privilege of working with you and the massive market you give them access to. You also can’t let people break rules, no matter how good their intentions are, as this can set a dangerous precedent."

Not being funny, but security vulnerabilities should be top priority of ANY companies list. This dev tried to go the route Valve would have liked but they refused to listen, this was the only way to get them to. The fact that most people agreed with what the dev had done shows Valve were in the wrong.

lord zaid1243d ago

I have to agree with you. Valve was totally in the wrong here. And I think the writer is mistaken in the belief that they "can’t allow people to confront you in public and get away with it".
Valve's reaction here was spiteful

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