[opensource-dev] Viewer blacklist to replace the TPV directory ?

Henri Beauchamp sldev at free.fr
Thu Apr 29 10:59:24 PDT 2010

On Thu, 29 Apr 2010 05:40:15 -0700 (PDT), Nicky Perian wrote:

> +1
> A blacklist would just give potential bad actors a menu and
> template to use for more bad viewers that could be modified and get
> past the login screens.

What you must understand is that the TPV policy is in no way a mean
to prevent pirates from connecting to SL with hacked viewers (or
through hacked proxies)...
All what pirates have to do is to make sure these viewers impersonate
an official (Linden) one (which is done very simply) and then they can
pursue their illegal activity without even being spotted...

The TPV policy might give some better ground to LL to sue such pirates
when they are lucky enough to spot and trace one, but the true aim of
the TPV is to set acceptable standards for non-hacked viewers as well
as to provide their user with some minimum confidence that such viewers
will not try to steal their private data or put them into troubles.

As such, the blacklist would provide a much better service to the users
by clearly identifying viewers which are *known* to be not compliant.

With the current directory, you only got a *partial* list of *possibly*
compliant viewers (without any guarantee from LL) and know nothing at
all about non-listed viewers.


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