Razer Devices Give Users Admin Rights on Windows 10

On the 21st of August, Twitter user jonhat shared that Razer peripherals give users admin rights on Windows 10. 

Zero-Day Security Vulnerability 

The device installer software of Razer gives users full admin privileges on Windows 10. The plugged peripheral leads to the downloading and installation of the Razer Synapse software. Because it is launched via a Windows process, it grants the software system privileges.

System rights are the highest-level ones on Windows. So, users will be able to gain full control over the data. This is potentially dangerous, as someone might install malware on the device used.

As for now, it is unclear whether the bug affects Windows 11, too.

Razer’s Response

The company is aware of the vulnerability and is working to resolve it.

A spokesperson said: “We have investigated the issue, are currently making changes to the installation application to limit this use case, and will release an updated version shortly. The use of our software (including the installation application) does not provide unauthorized third-party access to the machine.”

They encouraged users to report all similar cases on their bug bounty service, Inspectiv.

Twitter user jonhat  – the one who initially discovered the issue – also confirmed that the Razer team has contacted him. They reassured him that they are working on a solution. Furthermore, they have offered him a bounty.

Razer has been on the market for 23 years. It’s famous for its high-class gaming accessories, including mouses, keyboards, and headsets.


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