As the GreenZone blog reported yesterday, the mobile alt scanner HUD in Redzone is broken. This from disgruntled spyware operators in the RedZone forum:
.Due to SOOooo Much drama created by griefers (Most of whom are banned), zRZ HUD alt scanning function will be disabled in-world for today. 2-12-11
Until reasonable security limits are put in place to disallow abuse. Apologies for the inconvenience.
im usually not the one to say it, but .. we should have been informed first.not just deactivate functions without prior warning.not cool …
Now we don’t know what part of the current maelstrom of protest by ordinary second life users caused this. Nor do we know of anyone who has been banned for such action (but we know zFire is a fibber). However, not so obvious is that RedZones all over the grid remain broken after zFire attempted to avoid the gaping security hole in his software we pointed out here.
Yesterday zFire released a new version of his software with a rushed out attempt to fix his clueless encryption. Sadly he did not test this very well. My first hint that something was broken was when I wandered a few sims that had been polluted with RedZone just last week. Try as I might, I could not seem to get scanned! I kept network monitors on, but there was simply no suspicious traffic at all.
A frantic search of 11 sims eventually turned up one that managed to scan me. Although just once, and I could not coax it into doing so again.
This support request seems to explain the problem. RedZone bones are remote monitoring prims that extend the range of a RedZone device beyond the normal 96 metre scan limit.
This from the RedZone forums shows why:
Unfortunately the bone is still not scanning, it is running and I can control the main unit with it, but it does not seem to detect avatars near it.
1. I put the scripts for the main unit into my prim
2. Deeded the object
3. Activated it
4. Rezzed a bone, and moved to a location in the same sim without taking into my inventory
Not sure if I have done things in the wrong order, or there is something actually wrong
by zFire Xue » Mon Feb 14, 2011 3:17 am
Yes I need to fix the bone.
So it looks like you have to be close to a RedZone device to be scanned right now.
Don’t let your guard down. This problem will be fixed.
Not a good week for RedZone though