Viewer release summary 2012: week 23

This is a weekly summary of changes to all SL Viewers / clients of which I’m aware and which are in popular use across the grid / listed in the TPVD. Detailed links to said Viewers / clients can be found in my Viewer Round-up Page. The links supplied in this summary are either to change logs or to reviews within this blog.

An interesting week which saw the Libretto text client updated for the first time in a year with the roll-out of version 0.17. Dolphin issued a new version, but graphics issues have meant that downloads have been rolled back to last week’s release until fixed. LL’s Pathfinding Project Viewer received an update as the roll-out of pathfinding draws closer, while Lumiya joined the “usual suspects” with a further weekly release, this one incorporating inventory controls.

Updates for week ending: 10 June, 2012

  • SL Viewer updates:
    • Beta version: 3.3.3.258769, June 4th (release notes)
    • Development: rolled to 3.3.4.259223, June 9th
    • Pathfinding: 3.3.2.256513, June 6th
  • Dolphin Viewer rolled to version 3.3.9.24419 – June 14th (release notes)
    • 3.3.9 graphics issue fixed.
  • Exodus has introduced nightly builds ahead of the next release
  • Niran’s Viewer rolled to 1.41 on the 11th June (release notes)
  • Zen Viewer released version 3.3.4.1 June 10th (release notes)
  • Cool VL Viewer rolled to 1.26.4.17 on June 9th, (change log)
  • Lumiya rolled out version 2.0.4 on June 10th (release notes)
  • Libretto rolled to version 0.17 on June 10th (release notes)

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Advanced user experience tools griefing update

Oskar Linden has provided an update / post-mortem on the recent bout of griefing that took place across the grid as a result of person or persons unknown abusing the advanced user experience code that was released onto the Magnum Release Channel two weeks ago.

The problem hit on Monday 4th June when the advanced teleport functions released to Magnum were used to teleport individuals or groups around the grid, with some people reporting they were teleported to the likes of The Cornfield, while others found themselves unexpectedly picked up and dropped into stores or meetings.

Linden Lab reacted rapidly to the issue, determining a fix for the exploit on the afternoon of the 4th (SLT) and deployed across the entire grid in a rolling restart that affected the main channel and all release channels.

The key points relating to the issue remain:

  • The exploit came about due to a permissions restriction within the advanced tools not working as anticipated
  • To prevent further misuse of the code, the advanced tools were also removed from the Magnum RC channel
  • Both the code and the associated test plans have been revised and are being run through LL’s QA process to better ensure the situation of the 4th June is unlikely to be repeated when the code is rolled-out once more
  • Coyot Linden estimates that the advanced experience tools project has been delayed by around 2-3 weeks as a result of these events
  • LL are at this point in time unclear as to when the tools are likely to be rolled back out onto a Release Channel; the slot assigned to the tools on the Magnum RC has now been taken by other security issues in preparation for their roll-out to the grid.

One immediate outcome of the griefing situation is that the teleport capability has been revised so that when someone is teleported, the function will tell them the name of the owner of the object that teleported them (thus allowing any potential abuser of the system to be reported to LL via an Abuse Report).

With thanks to Nalates Urriah.