Users of uTorrent should grab the latest versions of the popular torrenting tools: serious security bugs, which malicious websites can exploit to commandeer PCs, were squashed this week in the software.
The flaws were found by Googler Tavis Ormandy: he spotted and reported the vulnerabilities in BitTorrent’s uTorrent Classic and uTorrent Web apps in early December. This month, BitTorrent began emitting new versions of these products for people to install by hand or via the built-in update mechanism. These corrected builds were offered first as beta releases, and in the coming days will be issued as official updates, we’re told.
Look out for version 188.8.131.52352 or higher of the desktop flavor, or version 0.12.0.502 and higher of the Spotify-styled Web build.
The latest classic desktop app looks to be secured. However, Ormandy was skeptical the uTorrent Web client had been fully fixed, believing the software to still be vulnerable to attack. On Wednesday this week, he went public with his findings since he had, by this point, given BitTorrent three months to address their coding cockup.
“The vulnerability is now public because a patch is available, and BitTorrent have already exhausted their 90 days anyway,” Ormandy wrote in his advisory.
“I see no other option for affected users but to stop using uTorrent Web and contact BitTorrent and request a comprehensive patch. We’ve done all we can to give BitTorrent adequate time, information and feedback, and the issue remains unsolved.”