Call of Duty’s new anti-cheat system includes a kernel-level driver to catch PC cheaters

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Activision and Raven Software are finally cracking down on fraud Call of Duty: Warzone. A new Ricochet anti-cheat system is coming to both Call of Duty: Warzone And Call of Duty: Vanguard. The system will use a combination of a PC kernel-level driver, machine learning algorithms to examine player behavior, and a “team of dedicated professionals” working to investigate fraudsters.


What is the PC kernel-level driver developed internally for? Duty franchise and will launch for the first time Call of Duty: Warzone With the upcoming Pacific update. PC games are increasingly using kernel-level drivers for sophisticated cheat detection, but since they run at such a high level in Windows, there have always been privacy concerns surrounding such an approach.

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The kernel-level driver will be part of the Pacific Map update for Warzone.

Ricochet Anti-Cheat System in Duty According to Raven Software, will not always be on. This means that the kernel-level driver only operates when you open it Call of Duty: Warzone, and the driver will stop at your exit. The driver will monitor the processes interacting with himself warzone To see if they are trying to inject code or manipulate the game, and report back the results.

Raven Software says it has tested the driver on a large range of PCs, and will need to run Call of Duty: Warzone When the Pacific Map update launches later this year. Kernel-level drivers will eventually arrive Call of Duty: Vanguard “At a later date.”

Duty Players will welcome this new anti-cheat effort, even if there are inevitable questions and concerns over a kernel-level driver. it comes just a day after the main Duty The Twitter account issued a stern warning to fraudsters: “Cheaters are not welcome. There’s no tolerance for cheaters, and soon you’ll know what we mean. “

While Activision Is Banning Thousands of Accounts, Fraudsters Are Still Ruining Call of Duty: Warzone for months. Chief warzone Players have become overly vocal about the problem, forcing Raven Software to communicate more frequently about cheating issues and promising a full anti-cheat system in August.

Call of Duty: Warzone However, only PC games are not affected by fraudsters. Cheating in some of the world’s top PC games has gotten worse over the past year, and aimbots and wallhacks are now common among the industry’s most competitive shooters. Aimbots automatically lock onto opponents, making it easier to hit head shots. Wallhacks exposes all on one map, so cheaters have a huge advantage knowing where their opponents are at all times.

The industry is struggling to combat fraudsters, even with tools like Easy Anti-Cheat and BattleEye that also use kernel-level drivers. give importance to There has been some success with its own custom kernel-level driver, but having dedicated teams to effectively fight hackers and malware writers is still a huge investment. It’s a constant cat and mouse game, as hackers work around security on a regular basis.

Actually tackling this issue may require a more coordinated industry effort. Microsoft is the Windows platform holder, but the company’s “TruePlay” anti-cheat system for Windows 10 never really materialized. It was limited to the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) for apps, which is ignored by most game developers, and it is unclear whether Microsoft will ever provide a full anti-cheat solution at the Windows kernel level to assist game developers. .

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