Will the Aug 19th AIM upgrade affect Pidgin?

Shawn Doyle sdoyle at parallaxfund.com
Wed Aug 18 10:07:02 EDT 2010


This is from a paid product notice we use.  I also noticed something on
the Symantec fourms.

Thanks,

Shawn

 


Pivot Advisory: AIM Authentication Update 


AOL is changing the AIM authentication protocol and will implement the
change beginning August 19th, 2010. Users attempting to connect to the
AIM network on a legacy version of AIM (less than version 7.0) may be
unable to do so without upgrading to the latest version. 

How will this affect Pivot users?

Pivot users will be unaffected by the change at this time. As an AOL
Certified Partner, Pivot has been granted a grace period to update our
software to meet their new requirements. Once the next version of Pivot
is released, we will require our users to upgrade in order to meet the
AOL protocol changes. 

How will this affect non-Pivot users?

Users attempting to connect to the AIM network on a legacy version of
AIM may be unable to do so without upgrading to the latest version.
Users of alternative applications such as Trillian, DeadAIM, AIM Pro,
and AIM Triton may also lose connectivity to AOL. If any of your
non-Pivot users are experiencing difficulties and you would like to add
them to Pivot, please email us at sales at pivotinc.com
<mailto:sales at pivotinc.com?subject=Add%20Users%20to%20My%20Pivot%20Accou
nt>  or call 800.990.7201, and we will add them to your current
contract.

Will all legacy versions of AIM will be affected?

Over the next few months, AOL will be phasing out ALL versions of AIM
less than 7.0, forcing all users on those versions to upgrade. We
understand from our conversations with AOL that a large number of users
utilizing various 5 and 6 series AIM versions will be included in the
phase beginning August 19th. 

A good indication that a forced upgrade is imminent will be an automated
message from AOL requesting the user to upgrade. The request for
voluntary upgrade will be replaced with a forced upgrade in subsequent
implementation phases. 

Will my firm's compliance be affected?

It depends on your firm's configuration and vendor. If any of your users
connect to AIM through a real-time compliance solution, there is a
higher probability that your users will be affected by this change. You
should contact your compliance vendor to verify that users will be able
to connect with AIM's new authentication protocol. 

 

 

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