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11-15-2007 @ 6:54PM
All Warden does is scan currently running processes and your registry looking for certain "signitures," ie: patterns, and if it finds one that's suspicious, it flags it on Blizzard's end. It's a fancy spyware/virus checker that Blizzard is using to ensure that hackers/cheaters/botters aren't destroying the integrity of the game. Pretty much every MMO game uses a tool like this. Also, consider the fact if you run an online virus scan of your computer launched from a website, they're doing the same thing.The change they made makes it use random hashes instead of a predictable hash. Now, speaking as a programmer, security by obscruity isn't usually a good idea, but it's like any cryptographic algorithm, it's only as strong as the key. Using a predictably rotating key versus using one that changes at random, yes the random one is more secure. It's not changing what Warden does, just how it does it.For the people who are crying "Oh noes! Think of the children!" your calls ring hollow and years after the fact considering this technology has been in use for years. Anyone can modify a program in memory if you're saavy enough using buffer overflows and the like, but it's unlikely there's a chance that someone can use Warden to take over your machine. Read your data, perhaps, but honestly, it'd be easier to do using exploits in an internet browser or at the operating system level than with a program that just reads data. You've already installed 4 CDs worth of Blizzard's code, which means that you trust them enough to be running their program in the first place. If you didn't, you wouldn't be playing the game anyways. If you don't trust the company with that data, and that's a reasonable fear, don't play the game. If you want to protect your data, run it on a different computer or run it in a Virtual Machine. Or at the very least just don't run any programs you don't need to in the background. Going to check your online banking with it open, not a smart idea. Basically, it comes down to if you trust the company, and making educated decisions. You installed Blizzard's program in the first place, so that implies you trust them, so now it's a question on whether you educate yourself on the issue and make a decision, or if you read an article or opinion and blindly accept it as fact (including my own posted here!)
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