10-Year-Old Girl Reveals Exploit in Android, iOS Game

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...dotdotdot. *pshht* Control, we've found the Anonymous ringleader. Please advise, over. *pshht* Alpha this is Control, kill it with fire. Over. *pshht* Roger that. *silence*
 

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Should have given her a matching set of computer parts that are pink....

Good job...

My 6yr old looks for way to cheat on games on his desktop :)
 
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I read about this on another site....all the kid did was increase the system time in order to advance the game...
 
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Sensationalist article titles for the win... You got my click...


*jealous because nobody wrote an article about me finding ways to cheat the system on my Super Nintendo*
 
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I don't see how this is that special, all she did was change the clock, hurray?
 
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..... this has been a known exploit of many games for years.........................
 

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[citation][nom]Anonymous[/nom]I don't see how this is that special, all she did was change the clock, hurray?[/citation]
Because you didn't think of it and she did, and btw she is 10 years old, maybe thats why it is special.
 

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Not only this exploits existed on older sharewares, we, from the old days, did change the date to make the shareware never expire.

What's impressive, in this case, is that there are so many 'bad' programmers out there that forgot to check for the real date/time on their apps that this exploit might be just a door opened to other worst exploits on the said systems.

[citation][nom]RADIO_ACTIVE[/nom]Because you didn't think of it and she did, and btw she is 10 years old, maybe thats why it is special.[/citation]When I was 12 to 13 (way back to the 286) I did the same with programs. So, no, nothing special there.
 
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Because you didn't think of it and she did, and btw she is 10 years old, maybe thats why it is special.
Nope, not special at all. Did this while playing ps1 games, or when I download software, I set the clock to something like 2099 and then activated to get 100+ years before expiration. Did I get some sort of recognition? No. Why? Because this isn't hard to do nor anything new and has been around for YEARS.
 

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I do this on plants vs zombies.

so what does the exploit do? what's the vulnerability?

is that it? the cheat? please explain.
 

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[citation][nom]notspecial[/nom]Nope, not special at all. Did this while playing ps1 games, or when I download software, I set the clock to something like 2099 and then activated to get 100+ years before expiration. Did I get some sort of recognition? No. Why? Because this isn't hard to do nor anything new and has been around for YEARS.[/citation]
It's not the fact that it is new that is somewhat special, it's the fact that a 10 year old did figure it out themselves that is. Yes the exploit is old, yes it has been around for many programs but do you think they knew that? They just thought of something to tried and figured it out and no, not every kid could do that since not many at 10 make the connection between game progression and system time like an older person would.
 

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[citation][nom]Camikazi[/nom]It's not the fact that it is new that is somewhat special, it's the fact that a 10 year old did figure it out themselves that is. Yes the exploit is old, yes it has been around for many programs but do you think they knew that? They just thought of something to tried and figured it out and no, not every kid could do that since not many at 10 make the connection between game progression and system time like an older person would.[/citation]

When I was 11 I used to exploit my dad's satellite receiver which had a password lock for the settings and adding new channels. The receiver had a glitch where you could add a new channel of an existing one but allowed you to change the frequency and such. Then I used this to add "porn" channels when my parents weren't home. And to restore everything to how it was I just unplugged the power cable instead of turning it off using the power button.
 
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she is not the first person who changes the clock to see if they can affect a certain game ... i dont see why this is in the news ...
 

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Uhhhh... big difference from now and then. They are hosting CONVENTIONS showing children how to exploit and hack software. Sounds like behavioral programming to me. You don't need to be a rocket scientist to see this.
 
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