May 19 2008

Version Blah Blah??

Published by at 9:44 pm under General,Simple Security

I’ve been playing City of Heroes/City of Villains since Day One. Actually, I was part of the beta testers and participated in the ‘three day head start’ they gave people who preordered the original game. That was just over four years ago and I’ve loved playing the game the whole time. Yes, I’m an roleplaying game geek, and superheroes are my genre of choice.

For the last several weeks I’ve been anticipating the latest upgrade to the franchise, Episode 12. When my system started downloading a patch this morning, I didn’t think it was a big deal, but I wanted to check out the patch notes to see what had changed and been updated. Imagine my surprise when instead of the normal patch notes, the notes were empty and the version was listed as ‘Version Blah Blah’.

Now this is probably part of the scheduled downtime indicated on the Server Status page, but it still made me pause for more than a few minutes and wonder if there wasn’t something more serious wrong with my favorite game. Had someone infiltrated the game and set up a malicious patch? Was it just an administrator who had more important things to do than update the patch page? Or was this a conscious decision to attempt to be funny? Since the patch and the downtime were anticipated, I’m voting for the last, but as a security professional, it makes me more than a little uncomfortable to see this.

It’s too early in the morning to read too much into this, but I still worry when a vendor, whether a game vendor or a security product vendor, doesn’t take their patching seriously. We have too many security issues out in the wild to joke about the patching products. Or maybe I just need to go back to sleep for a couple of hours and come back when the server updates have been finished.

Update: Yup, it was just a placeholder while the other work was being done. Now the real patch notes are up and the servers are all in the process of being restarted.

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