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Now can we get back on topic please Stripes, its getting rather unfair for other posters to have you hijacking their threads with your unhelpful anti-winmx suggestions at every turn, what about taking yourself a break and allowing me to use this wasted post time elsewhere.
Patrick: The search packet has no real threat WHEN the network is operating normally. The searches that are used to data mine who is sharing what, can easily be picked up by tools already out there and the ip's added to the blocklist. The same blocklist already working in the patch you are no doubt using. So my lack of knowledge was truely a lack of care, on a particular packet that has no real effect on the overall network when its working normally. Due to the vast amount of data pouring through the network currently it disguishes these ip's and therefore yes it creates a partical worry, which will revert back again once a fix is released.
Actually, there you are wrong. The blocklist prevents any ip on that list from connecting to a primary. That therefore prevents them searching through a patched primary.The current searches are made by either a) an ip not on the blocklist as it has not been added yet (see my post above for the reason) or b) due to the fact they are searching the network through an unpatched (read dll patch) primary (and therefore are using Sabre's method of connection) which offers no filtering or blocking.So once again, I state, the searches are actually no worries for the network once it is back to working correctly. Perhaps checking the patch src and the tcp socket functions will help you see this. TCP packets are already linked to the blocklist, all TCP primary and secondary.
I never said they used a pie patch. I said they COULD use.They have to use a cache to access the network, so therefore they have to use the normal exchange method to get primary ip's.I'm not continuing this conversation in the open as I feel I've already said plenty to explain the methods used. If you don't like or agree with those methods thats fine, I'm not going to change your mind. However if you seriously think I dont understand the primary protocol, when I'm the only person who has created anywhere near a primary client, then continue with that opinion. I don't care what you or anyone else thinks of me, I know, as do many others, exactly what knowledge and abilities I bring to the table, openly and honestly.