YoYoGames Forums – Exploit Means Anyone Can Create New Forum
July 30, 2011
An exploit at the official YoYoGames.com forum means that any registered user can create a new forum section.
Opening the General Chat section of forums.yoyogames.com now reveals a number of unauthorised sub-forums. The creator of these sub-forums is not apparent but with themes including “Decompiled Games”, “Pornography” and “Ads” a mischievous forum member has been having fun at YoYo Games’ expense. A number of top-level forum sections have also been created for topics relating to “Personal Problems”, Minecraft, religious debate and “YoYoGames Security Holes”.
After seeing that rogue forums had been created it took me just seconds to find myself at the following screen.
Given the simplicity of doing so and the behaviour of many YoYoGames forum members it is quite surprising that this exploit remained hidden for so many years.
The existence of these unofficial sub-forums has been acknowledged by forum moderators in a pinned topic but incredibly they are yet to be removed.
Posting on Twitter last night YoYo Games’ Andrew McCluskey wrote of the forum “It was a little playbox for a bunch of kids before. Now it’s a bunch of kids exploiting a massive glitch and killing it”.
11 Replies to “YoYoGames Forums – Exploit Means Anyone Can Create New Forum”
Hope that guy was good at covering his tracks. Surely legal action could be taken here, since it damages their reputation greatly (imagine if children asked to buy Game Maker and their parents saw that).
You best be trolling.
It’s interesting to see how people are exploiting that… I wonder how the YoYo mods are coping with the problem.
I always hated how I had to have a different login for each part of the website. At one point I had separate usernames/passwords for the gmc, the glog, the forums, and the wiki. Is it still like this? I haven’t visited the site since the redesign.
Well – YoYoGames website always had some exploits… possibility to [nearly] infinitely rate games, adding friends without confirmation… now this one.
I guess they rushed ‘a little bit’ with creation of website to get it up in time.
“A little bit”!? The site dates back from 2007 and for 99% of time since then has had no real updates.
Well that’s just a shame. Can’t believe I missed that.
YoYo Games – Where the world comes to play, make and share (pornography) 😛
This made me laugh. Perhaps it’ll be a good enough reason to finally drop that forum.
They haven’t been removed because YoYoGames broke forum editing as a temporary fix of another exploit… they just forgot to do the same thing to forum creation.