Critical Zero-Day Vulnerability in Atlas VPN Linux Client Leaks Users' IP Addresses

the Atlas VPN Linux

Researchers have discovered a zero-day vulnerability in the Atlas VPN Linux client that can be exploited to reveal the user's IP address simply by visiting a website. The vulnerability allows a malicious website to send a request to the Atlas VPN API to disconnect the VPN connection, exposing the user's real IP address.

The vulnerability was discovered by a researcher named Educational-Map-8145, who shared a proof of concept exploit on Reddit. The exploit creates a hidden form that is automatically submitted by JavaScript to connect to the Atlas VPN API to disconnect the VPN connection. Once the VPN connection is disconnected, the exploit connects to a website to log the visitor's actual IP address.

Atlas VPN acknowledged the vulnerability and promised to release a fix as soon as possible. However, until a patch is released, Atlas VPN Linux client users are strongly advised to take immediate precautions, including:

Avoiding using the Atlas VPN Linux client until the issue is fixed. Using a different VPN provider that has a better track record of security. Keeping your software up to date, including your operating system, browser, and antivirus software. Being careful about what websites you visit and avoiding clicking on links in suspicious emails or messages.

Here are some additional tips to protect yourself from this vulnerability and other online threats:

  • Use a strong password for your Atlas VPN account and enable two-factor authentication.
  • Use a firewall and antivirus software to protect your computer from malware.
  • Be careful about what information you share online and avoid sharing personal information with strangers.

If you are concerned about your privacy and security, it is important to take steps to protect yourself. By following the tips above, you can help to reduce your risk of becoming a victim of cybercrime.