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

Discrete Dreamscape discrete.dreamscape at gmail.com
Thu Apr 29 11:04:21 PDT 2010


A list of trusted entities is virtually always more robust and reliable than
a list of untrusted ones.

Weigh the two possibilities that would occur and their consequences, given
that the user is making assumptions, as you say:
- User believes viewers ON the whitelist are the ONLY ones that can be used
- User believes viewers NOT on the blacklist can ALL be used

The latter is clearly not a situation that benefits users in any way.

Discrete

On Thu, Apr 29, 2010 at 1:59 PM, Henri Beauchamp <sldev at free.fr> wrote:

> 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.
>
> Henri.
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