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rugk posted a topic in Game Development & Technical DiscussionCurrently you seem to save the password in the config file of 0ad (yeah, maybe some BASE64 encoding or so, but this does not add any security, it is basically plaintext). So, this password is not for very confidentially things, but well… you know… people reuse passwords and such things, so no need to argue here: It is a password and deserves to be protected. A nice and (probably) the only secure way using well-proven/standard techniques is to use the OS' keyrings such as of KDE/Gnome or Max OS, to save the password. All, of course, offer APIs for that, but they are likely very different. So maybe it is a long-term goal, but as 0ad is an open-source project I could imagine this being a tiny thing, which can set it apart from the competition, which likely do all crazy things with passwords instead of using the proper™ way… Edit: Clarified that I mean the password saved locally…
rugk posted a topic in Game Development & Technical DiscussionIn the config/log I noticed "userreport.url", which by default points to http://feedback.wildfiregames.com. No HTTPS, no basic security… You got HTTPS on your public site some time ago and I thought this, of course, also applies to your ("friendly") tracking feature (really, no offense intended!) in 0ad. However, as it seems, that's not the case. So it should be fairly easy to add HTTPS there, as the load is likely less than on any other (public) page you host. So when the data is public anyway, why use HTTPS here? First of all, all (or almost all) standard arguments apply here. As all tracking features, this of course also includes sensitive info. Yes! You submit a unique ID there, so… Attackers can intercept and manipulate that. And hardware details… not everyone wants to let those flow through the net in such a way… When the data is published, it may be aggregated. The submitted data as raw data should be kept confidential… And you promise to only publish data, which cannot be used for identification. Using this data an attacker can track a device through multiple WLAN/networks/etc. There may be other ways, but in any case, you should protect that information. You do not say that this information can be intercepted. In your in-game statement, you only state the data goes to 0ad. Well… if it is not transmitted in an encrypted fashion anyone can sniff it. I.e. you basically lie here… And users may be okay with giving this info to you, but not to anyone, who happens to be on the way (attackers in wifi, ISP, any big three-letter agency, another ISP, …).