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Wednesday, September 19, 2001

Half-Life Released

Valve has released the patch for Half-Life as well as Counter-Strike 1.3. These patches add, most notably, the multicast spectator technology as well as voice-over-IP. The best way to get the patches is through the Half-Life launcher. Here's a change that is sure to annoy some people:
Bunny hopping removed from HLDM, Counter-Strike, TFC, and DMC

New Quakes Revealed

Planet Quake got information on two rumored products from id Software. Quake III: Gold Edition is, as many people speculated, Quake III Arena and Quake III: Team Arena bundled together. Final Quake: BFG packages Quake, Quake II, and Quake III Arena together. Both should go for about $30. Since Quake IV has been announced, shouldn't Final Quake really be Penultimate Quake or something?

Tuesday, September 18, 2001

New Worm Spreading

Slashdot is alerting people about a new worm spreading around. It appears to be a variant/mutation/update of CodeRed. Among other things, it attaches a file called "readme.eml" to every page the infected web server serves. Thanks to some problem with Internet Explorer, the readme.eml file is automatically executed on clients. This is going to be a mess.

UPDATE! I just talked with Crawl at EZ-Net and he confirmed that their servers have been attacked by this worm but not compromised. He reported around 500 attempts since around 9:00 A.M. That's the other sickening thing about this worm: it appears that it may have been set to "go off" at 8:42 this morning, exactly a week after the first attack on the World Trade Center.

UPDATE #2! This worm has a name: Nimda. Check out TruSecure for more information. According to them, it is NOT a Code Red variant, although the means of attack it uses are similar. It only affects IIS servers. It tries several different exploits, but you should be OK if your box is patched up-to-date.

This worm can also spread by opening an email attachment called readme.exe which is sent with a WAV file mime type. DO NOT RUN IT! If you receive email with that attachment delete it immediately.

GamersTV Beta Released

A beta version of GamersTV, which allows thousands of people to watch Quake III Arena matches in action, has been released. It sounds like a pretty sweet idea, I may have to check it out. And yes, Virginia, there is a Linux version as well as Windows (no Mac though). Thanks Blue.

More on the Mac Wolfie Test

id's Graeme Devine updated his .plan with more information on the Mac OS X version of the Return to Castle Wolfenstein multiplayer test client. He even tells you where to get a bleeding edge binary if you are interested in trying it.

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