Minecraft and other apps face serious threat from Log4j code execution bug

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A newly discovered vulnerability affecting Java versions of Minecraft makes it possible for miscreants to execute malicious code on servers and end-user devices running the wildly popular game, several websites said on Thursday.

And as if a vulnerability of this magnitude in the world’s best-selling game wasn’t serious enough, the breadth and immediacy of the bug may be worse still. Exploit code has become available for the underlying vulnerability, which resides in Log4j, a logging utility that’s built into some of the Internet’s most widely used development frameworks, all but ensuring that Minecraft isn’t the only major application to be affected.

There already are reports servers performing Internet-wide scans in attempts to locate vulnerable servers.

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