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jhaddix ‎01-29-2014 12:58 PM - edited ‎08-03-2015 06:49 AM

We love gaming at Fortify. We also love security. So we just launched a new project. The aim is to design a new OWASP project to help classify the diverse types of game hacks that exist for some of the world’s biggest game types. We are hoping his will benefit the game industry as a whole. The project aims to classify past problems in games, break down those flaws as much as possible (technically), and create a do-not-do list (a lexicon of sorts) of flaws that new game companies (we love you QA engineers) can reference when creating new games. This is very much an alpha project.


Lot’s of Issues


Game security has a few unique problems, some that are really interesting. Aside from general software issues on the client, network, and server, there are a multitude of hacks that happen due to logic flaws in-game. Games require massive trade and in-game currency control (which can lead to economic exploits). They face a number of interesting challenges when it comes to combat. They face an aggressive spearphising/spam market. Etc ,etc.


Buy In and Scope


Some people believe that game companies will never buy into security. Whether that’s true or not, we can’t really say. We enjoy games personally, and if we can make a small list of issues to avoid, design patterns, etc, we hope that the games we play will benefit. This is very much a “passion” project.


We know this approach is not a holistic way to encompass game security. Game security involves much more than researching vulns and providing high level advice. This does however give a public face to game issues and we are open to changing the project to more accurately or proficiently address issues.


This format is bite-sized for a reason. We can contribute to it quickly, it addresses recent problems that might be prevalent still in many games.


Alpha Status & Contribution


We have some limited experience with game security, hacking, and game programming but lack a real insight into the industry and procedures that we assume are kept behind closed doors for good reason. For that reason this is considered an Alpha OWASP project and without proper guidance, council, and contributions of expertise, it could fail.


If you like the GSF project and wish to contribute, contact myself and we can chat about our approach and ways you can help.


View our initial presentation slides below,






The project template is up here:

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Eyebrow Bare on ‎03-17-2014 09:31 PM

Very detailed post! To be sure with above poster! I’ve your site bookmarked!

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