Hacking Unity Games with Malicious GameObjects, Part 2

In my last post I talked about a way I found to execute arbitrary code in Unity using no custom scripts, only built-in components. This allowed potential attacks against Unity games that load AssetBundles from untrusted sources since, although AssetBundles can’t include custom scripts, they can include GameObjects containing these built-in components. The attack I outlined in that blog used UnityEvents, which are primarily exposed via Unity’s built-in UI elements, but the attack required user interaction to trigger.

In this post I am going to discuss a zero-click method of triggering UnityEvents, along with some additional things I’ve learned on this topic. I will also introduce a new exploit that does not use UnityEvents and removes one of the limitations of the UnityEvent-based attack (while adding limitations of its own). Finally, I will give some updated remediation thoughts.

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Hacking Unity Games with Malicious GameObjects

The Unity game engine provides various means for getting external assets into a game, such as AssetBundles, for adding assets at runtime and the Asset Store, for purchasing third-party assets.

It’s possible for a GameObject to execute arbitrary code using no custom scripts, only components that are available by default in Unity. If the game uses Bolt or another visual scripting system, there are even more paths to code execution. In this blog I will cover how a malicious GameObject might get into a game, two specific methods I’m aware of for the GameObject to execute code, and possible ways to mitigate the risk.