Razer is "working on a fix ASAP"

Hackers Can Now Access Windows With A Razer Mouse Exploit

Security exploits come in all shapes and sizes. However, a tech-savvy Twitter user has discovered that local admin access on Windows can be achieved by simply plugging in a Razer mouse [via VGC].

That’s right, according to jonhat on Twitter, by simply plugging in a Razer mouse, users can access an exploit that essentially grants them SYSTEM level access. Why is this an issue? Well, it lets standard users access administrative functions and bypass restrictions. In the video below, jonhat shows off exactly how this is achieved, as well as the steps involved.

As you can see from the video, the core element of the exploit involves changing the install location of Razer’s Synapse software, which initiates once a peripheral is plugged in. By doing this, users are able to access Windows Explorer with elevated permissions. This subsequently lets the user launch Windows Powershell with full admin privileges. In other words, the user now has full access to the PC’s software and security settings.


While originally failed to get an answer from Razer, the company has since reached out to say that it’s “working on a fix ASAP”. However, users have discovered that other USB devices have produced similar results. Therefore, Microsoft may have to step in and implement a fix to Windows itself.

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Credit: Razer

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