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August 24, 2010

Linden Lab call out Emerald

It seems that Linden Lab have finally responded to recent events surrounding the popular Emerald Viewer.  Currently actions are restricted to removing the viewer from the Third Party Viewer Directory, an event some tried to pass off as being because of the change or project ownership and while delisting is not terminal for the viewer, LL seem to be keeping their options open.

We take privacy, safety, and security very seriously, and we will act to the best of our abilities to protect it. We have not yet disabled logins via the Emerald viewer, but will do so if we feel the software and the team behind it is not able to meet the standards we’ve set. While Emerald is currently the focus of our attention because of what happened recently, all third-party viewers are held to the same standard, and must comply with the third-party viewer policy.

Emphasis mine.

It’s certainly good that Linden Lab will consider blocking the viewer if it and the team behind it don’t meet LL’s standards, but many still question if Emerald should have been there in the first place.  And only time will tell if Linden Labs standards are high enough to protect their customers from the untrustworthy.

In the mean time, I’m getting to love Imprudence, and I still recommend anyone using Emerald visit the TPV Directory and try a new viewer.

Edit: It seems a very message to that linked above has been emailed by Philip Linden to many, if not all, Second Life users.  A full copy of the text after the break.

Malicious Viewers and Our Third-Party Viewer Policy
Dear Second Life Resident,

Late last week, we discovered a denial-of-service attack that was being served through the widely distributed Emerald third-party viewer. This is in direct violation of our third-party viewer policy (part 2, section d, paragraph iii).

We have removed Emerald from the list of third-party viewers, and are now in touch with the Emerald team to discuss what can happen next. We did this to do our best to protect the safety and security of Second Life users. We will not tolerate a viewer that includes malicious code, nor will we tolerate development teams with a history of violating users’ trust or disrupting their lives.

We take privacy, safety, and security very seriously, and we will act to the best of our abilities to protect it. We have not yet disabled logins via the Emerald viewer, but will do so if we feel the software and the team behind it is not able to meet the standards we’ve set. While Emerald is currently the focus of our attention because of what happened recently, all third-party viewers are held to the same standard, and must comply with the third-party viewer policy. Read more >>
If you have been using the Emerald viewer, for now we would encourage you to consider either one of the Linden Lab viewers, or an alternative third-party viewer.
Philip Linden

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