uTorrent 1.6.1 update fixes remote exploit

Martin Brinkmann
Feb 15, 2007
Updated • May 28, 2013
File Sharing, Internet

I'm so glad that I made the change from Bitcomet to uTorrent some time ago because uTorrent is by far the most efficient bittorrent client that I got my fingers on and I have tried many different clients in the past .It offers great speeds, is low on the resource-side of things and comes as a tiny client of just 173 Kilobytes.

A new uTorrent version was released two days ago which fixes a remote exploit which was discovered earlier on. Hackers could exploit the vulnerability by manipulating torrent files that, when loaded in uTorrent, would cause a buffer overflow of the computer so that they could run code on it to take over the machine.

To update, replace the new file with the old uTorrent file and everything should work as usual afterwards. The list of changes for uTorrent 1.6.1

  • Feature: Select upload/download speed for a torrent through the right-click menu
  • Feature: Added encryption box to speed guide- Change: Don't check as many pieces at the same time.
  • Change: Misc WebUI changes.
  • Change: Switch to JSON for webinterface
  • Fix: Problem with category list in the gui when updated from the webui
  • Fix: WebUI not clearing state between requests.
  • Fix: Redirect also index.html to guest.html
  • Fix: Added On Now shows the time it's added, not loaded.
  • Fix: JSON uses " instead of '
  • Fix: (a) Upnp fix
  • Fix: Show pause icon when checking is paused.
  • Fix: Fixed problems with XML parser
  • Fix: Don't allow two message boxes to be shown in the RSS window
  • Fix: Changed some window titles
  • Fix: Fix malformed .torrent exploit
  • Fix: Boss key field is now larger

Update: The client has seen lots of progress in the past years. You can download the latest version of the Bittorrent client from the official website. It is still offered as a free program, but also as uTorrent Plus, a commercial version that introduces additional features including antivirus, a media player and converter.


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  1. Decent60 said on November 11, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    K-Lite pack MEGA. All you need to know lol If it won’t play with that, then it needed a whole new program to use anyways.

  2. Anonymous said on November 11, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    VLC Player has played just about every file for me. If VLC can’t play it, then the file was probably malicious anyways

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on November 11, 2013 at 10:53 pm

      As I said, VLC should have you covered. But if you use Media Player or something similar, you may like this.

  3. Ron said on November 11, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    Media Player Classic – Home Cinema (MPC-HC) or Media Player Classic – BE (MPC-BE) should be able to play (almost) anything also. MPC-BE is my player of choice. (It also has a small footprint on your hard drive, which is something I always take into consideration when choosing between different programs.)

  4. brian Tran said on November 12, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    love utorrent..

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