MSN SSL problems again
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Wed Nov 24 17:32:56 EST 2010
Zacknafain Do'Urden wrote:
> So what is it? Has microsoft decided to make a play for propritary tech
> or something?
In this case, it is probably a case of being reckless about Pidgin,
sign up to the MSN service, you will find that you agree not to use
Pidgin or any other client not in a short list of approved clients.
Part of this will be for protection against misoperating clients, but a
major factor will be protecting the business model on which the service
is based. For example, a recent comment was that Pidgin avoided the
adverts that you get with Live Messenger, but one of the reasons
Microsoft will operate that service free of charge to end users will be
the advertising revenue that they obtain.
In this case, the change was probably made for valid security reasons,
but it seems to have taken short cuts which rely on an updated client
having information coded into it that the server would have to provide,
in other cases, such as accessing https URLs. The Microsoft client will
have this update done, but until they make the change, unofficial
clients may have no reason to believe that the client has been prepared
for such a change.
Emails are not formal business letters, whatever businesses may want.
RFC1855 says there should be an address here, but, in a world of spam,
that is no longer good advice, as archive address hiding may not work.
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