WinRAR Fixes a 19-12 months-antique Bug That Left Millions of Users Vulnerable

If you’ve used a Windows PC in the 2000s, chances are you’ve used or encountered WinRAR. The popular document extraction software program boasts 500 million users. It lets users extract ZIP and other report documents on their Windows PC. You may even want to use it without truely buying it. Recently, researchers exposed a 19-year-vintage malicious program that could have affected hundreds of thousands of PCs.

Security researchers at Check Point Research claimed to have found a malicious program that might allow hackers to control WinRAR. The malicious program allowed hackers to let WinRAR extract software into a PC’s startup folder. After that, the trojan horse could run whenever the PC booted. Researchers say the Trojan horse has existed for 19 years. Check Point Research explained the trojan horse in a detailed weblog submitted on their internet site. Its researchers claim all someone needed to do was rename an ACE archive with a RAR extension. WinACE, the program capable of developing ACE data, hasn’t been updated since 2007.


In response to Check Point Research, WinRAR has now fixed the worm with a sparkling software replacement. The vulnerability has been patched within the state-of-the-art version 5.70 beta 1. On Thursday, the agency also launched the second beta of version 5.70. The bug appeared extra of a loophole because WinRAR supported ACE archives via a 3rd birthday party device. WinRAR has now absolutely dropped help for ACE data because it is historical and, therefore,, no longer used. Although there haven’t been any reports of hackers exploiting this vulnerability over the years, with 500 million users and a computer virus having existed for 19 years, it seems quite a big aspect. If you continue to use WinRAR, update the software as quickly as the sparkling solid release is out.

Johnny J. Hernandez
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