Home windows 10’s safety was thwarted but once more, this time by SteelSeries peripherals

Steel Series gaming mouse in front of Windows 10 background

(Picture credit score: SteelSeries)

Lately, a white hat hacker found an odd exploit which lets you give your self full admin rights on a Home windows 10 PC simply by plugging in a Razer mouse and putting in Razer Synapse. It seems it is not simply Razer merchandise that may do that, although.  

Twitter person @zux0x3a found an identical exploit with SteelSeries headsets, mice, and keyboards. Like with the Razer merchandise, the issue lies with the {hardware}’s proprietary software program that offers itself system-wide privileges with out asking for the system administrator’s permission. Theoretically, somebody may go to your office PC whenever you’re not round and plug within the dongle for a wi-fi Razer or SteelSeries mouse, set up Synapse or SteelSeriesGG, and acquire full system privileges, which may wreak havoc on a company community in the event that they imply to do hurt.

it’s not solely about @Razer.. it’s doable for all.. simply one other priv_escalation with @SteelSeries https://t.co/S2sIa1Lvjv pic.twitter.com/E3NPQnxqo2August 23, 2021

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Initially, the fault was considered with Razer or SteelSeries. However as Tom’s Information factors out, that is extra of a Home windows difficulty: It could actually’t distinguish between {hardware} drivers (issues that often do not want admin permissions) and peripheral software program (which do). 

For the second, the advice if you need your PC to be regionally safe (this solely works if somebody has bodily entry) is to ensure your display screen is locked whilst you’re away, and to seek out the Home windows Machine Instillations Settings immediate (seek for it from the Begin menu) the place you possibly can inform Home windows to not robotically obtain {hardware} producer apps and customized icons. (With that setting turned off, chances are you’ll run into minor points the following time you plug in a brand new gadget.)

A spokesperson for SteelSeries gave the next assertion to our buddies over at

Tom’s Information


“We’re conscious of the difficulty recognized and have proactively disabled the launch of the SteelSeries installer that’s triggered when a brand new SteelSeries gadget is plugged in. This instantly removes the chance for an exploit, and we’re engaged on a software program replace that can handle the difficulty completely and be launched quickly.”

Jorge Jimenez

Jorge is a {hardware} author from the enchanted lands of New Jersey. When he isn’t filling the workplace with the odor of Pop-Tarts, he is reviewing all types of gaming {hardware} from headsets to sport pads. He is been protecting video games and tech for almost ten years and has written for Dualshockers, WCCFtech, and Tom’s Information.