Steam Exploit Lets Users Generate Infinite CD Keys

A new Steam exploit has been discovered, and at the worst of times: in the middle of the Steam Summer Sale. It has been discovered that a user can obtain a seemingly endless number of CD keys for free. Although this exploit appears to be limited to certain titles, it could cause issues with Steam functionality and result in penalties for those who use it.

The strange feat of flux

Valve created one of the most popular online gaming services with the launch of Steam. In existence since 2003, Steam has become the primary means of gaming for PC users, being able to purchase and download an extensive library of games on any computer. As a result, they have held events and lots of offers throughout the year that attract tons of players, which can cause some issues. Aside from very slow execution times, exploits can be overlooked, such as a newly discovered game-affecting Herd! A YouTuber named The Spiffing Brit showed how to use the exploit to get free endless CD keys for the game.

He begins to explain the exploit by tracking down the game in the Steam store. Herd! Is a comedic title about herding sheep with a UFO and it’s currently being sold at a discounted price. After buying the game, The Spiffing Brit wrote down the CD key (under right-click, manage, CD key) and refunded the game. After getting a refund, he activated the key, and low and behold – the game was in his library. More than that though, the real exploit starts here where he opens Manage CD Key and a new key is displayed and he is able to activate it on another account to add Herd to him, and he got a new code under CD Key for someone else to activate.

Naturally, The Spiffing Brit declines to share any other titles it might have an impact beyond a 13-year-old cut-price game whose developers have disappeared. However, it does imply that there are other games it works with. However, it does not work with all games with the Manage -> CD Key option, as our tests have shown that it does not work for several titles. It’s also worth remembering that Valve said it would ban users who abuse the refund system, and one imagines this would also extend to users who abuse such exploits.

In the meantime, if you want to join Spiff for a little fun, he’s trying to get the #FreeFlock trend going and encouraging Capcom to do Herd free for everyone to play. We’ve reached out to Valve and The Spiffing Brit for comment on this and will update with more information as it becomes available.

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