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Scawen
Developer
We would need a more detailed description of the problem.

For example, was it when you started it or maybe while racing?

Was there a message from Windows, or LFS?
Scawen
Developer
I want people so see it, so better not stick it. Tilt

When I visit a forum, my eyes skip straight past the stickies so I can see what's recent, instead of some irrelevant information someone posted years ago.

I'm not saying that's what I *should* do but what I find myself doing.
DDoS Attacks - What You Should Do
Scawen
Developer
Short version:

Get the test patch Wink : https://www.lfs.net/forum/thread/92067


Longer version:

Our website and master server have been affected by repeated DDoS attacks for several days.

We have made updates to the website and the master server to hopefully resist a lot of attacks.

The website update affected automatic skin downloads and they no longer work in the official version. They do work in the test patch. The master server updates often work well but you will need the test patch to take advantage of the changes. Hosters should also use the new test version of the dedicated host to stay accessible during an attack.

The test patch is available here: https://www.lfs.net/forum/thread/92067


Master server status:

You can see the pattern of the attacks on this 24 hour graph.
When the graph drops, an attack is ongoing.
For more detailed graphs visit www.lfsworld.net



EDIT: At the time of this edit, 9:40 GMT on Sunday 8 April, there has not been an attack for 24 hours so the graph appears smooth.
If you want to see what the attacks looked like, you can see them on this 14 day graph:
https://www.lfsworld.net/?win=hosts&whichTab=licensed_history&t=14
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Scawen
Developer
The situation has now changed so I've made a new thread and will close this one now.
https://www.lfs.net/forum/thread/92076-DDoS-Attacks---What-You-Should-Do
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Scawen
Developer
Test Patch R9 is recommended for anyone who wants to get online.
Please let us know how it goes with the latest server updates.
https://www.lfs.net/forum/thread/92067
Scawen
Developer
If you'd like to go online, I recommend the test patch R9.
https://www.lfs.net/forum/thread/92067
Scawen
Developer
Quote from skirmantasLTUgamer :The DDoser(s) already reported the file as dangerous in Avast.
https://prnt.sc/j1uw9o

Quote from rediske :That explains my struggle installing R9

Ok, am I understanding this right?

You are using 'security' software that takes its advice from random criminals on the internet?
Scawen
Developer
Test Patch 0.6R9:

Changes from R8 to R9:

Faster one time file conversion straight to DDS about 20 seconds
FIX : Multiplayer replays corrupted file error message in 0.6R8
FIX : Misleading warning messages about missing sky textures
FIX : A message about a missing file when loading Fern Bay

https://www.lfs.net/forum/post/1935638#post1935638
Scawen
Developer
There's not really much point talking about the master server status on this thread. This thread is about the test patch. It can sometimes connect to the master server when the old one cannot.

But, for now, it cannot connect when we have a full scale massive DDOS attack. You can check the status by looking at this graph.
https://www.lfsworld.net/totalonlinegraph2.php?text=1&width=419&height=165&bgcol=F4F4F5&col=207eba&abc=1522916411

As I keep saying, we are still working on solutions for the attacks. That doesn't mean we are hoping they go away. It means we are actively working on solutions.

Now, please can we stay on topic, and talk about the test patch.here on the test patch thread?
Scawen
Developer
We are still working on solutions for the master server.

In the meantime, go ahead and check the status at www.lfsworld.net

Or use this link https://www.lfsworld.net/totalonlinegraph2.php?text=1&width=419&height=165&bgcol=F4F4F5&col=207eba&abc=1522916411

Let's not talk about the status of the master server attacks on the test patch thread.
Scawen
Developer
Quote from PeterN :Hi,

When reloading the game I get two texture messages about RALY_pole1_ALP. This is after all the conversions are done, on a fresh install.

I confirm that file is not supplied in the full version and that message comes up when loading Fern Bay.

For some reason, 0.6R doesn't mind about that but 0.6R8 does. I'll have a look.
Scawen
Developer
Quote from bobloblaw :Does this mean the official update will include the current WIP tracks?

That's not the plan. This patch is supposed to be a quick update to help get LFS back online again. On future plans, I'm hoping to release the new graphics system and new updated tracks with the new physics, not in this update (that is "hope" not "promise" for anyone reading - and we are talking months, not weeks, for that). I don't know if it's possible to re-enable any of that lost lighting info in the test patch but I'll have a look.

Quote from chucknorris :Sorry for the mood killer but the replay function seems broken.
I've played on a R & R8 server. Both replays won't start with a "Corrupted file" message.

I can reproduce that bug - seems you can record MP replays but you cannot playback MP replays.

Quote from dragon66 :I didn't get the 40 second hang and can't connect to any servers. Also did not have to re activate which is weird.

Maybe you had R7 before so you already converted the files. You can't connect to the servers when we are under attack. Check the status at www.lfsworld.net - we are still working on the server side solution for that.

Quote from RC-Maus :LFS R8 can't connect to master also Dcom R8 lost connection to master Frown

Please check the status at www.lfsworld.net - you can connect when we are not under attack.

Quote from Krisz16 :After installation:

Could not open vertex shader (World2)
Could not open pixel shader (World2)

Incorrect installation - there are some World2 files in the installer which need to be in the data\shaders folder.
Scawen
Developer
Thanks for the feedback.

I think you get that "Could not read texture xyz - File not found" the first time you use a sky.

It then creates the dds of the sky from the png so it's a misleading message.
Test Patch 0.6R8 DCon
Scawen
Developer
Hello Hosters,

Here is a test patch DCon with a more robust way of connecting to the master server.

https://www.lfs.net/forum/thread/92067-Test-Patch-0-6R8
Test Patch 0.6R8
Scawen
Developer
Hello Racers,

Here is a test patch with a more robust way of connecting to the master server.

Also it allows automatic skin downloading to work again.

https://www.lfs.net/forum/thread/92067-Test-Patch-0-6R8
Test Patch 0.6R8 (now R22)
Scawen
Developer
WARNING: THIS IS A TEST

NOTE: THIS DOES NOT CONTAIN NEW TYRE PHYSICS

PLEASE TEST BEFORE YOU POST


Hello Racers,

Here is a new TEST PATCH: 0.6R22

It contains some updates related to some recent changes on our servers:
- A more robust method for connecting to the master server
- Skin downloading now works with the updated website

There are many updates to the layout editor.
These are described in the change log below and in a separate thread:
https://www.lfs.net/forum/thread/92152

0.6R22 is compatible with 0.6R

- You CAN connect online with 0.6R
- You CAN play replays from 0.6R

You cannot upload hotlaps made with this test patch because it is only a test patch, not an official patch.

Please back up or rename your LFS.exe from version R so you can revert to it if necessary.


Changes from 0.6R21 to 0.6R22:

Layout editor:

ALT key now temporarily hides the outlines of selected objects

Interface:

More updated translations - Thank you translators!


Changes from 0.6R to 0.6R21:

Multiplayer:

More robust method for connecting to the master server
More informative error report for "Unknown file transfer error"
FIX: Skin downloading now works with the protected website

Layout editor:

New layout editor instructions: docs\Autocross.txt
New cut / copy / paste system using standard keyboard shortcuts
COPY (CTRL+C) toggles between real selection and copied selection
Place objects (O) key is equivalent to PASTE followed by COPY
Move objects (M) key is equivalent to CUT followed by PASTE
UNDO (CTRL+Z) and REDO (CTRL+Y) functions are now included
A green or yellow outline is drawn around the selected objects
Original objects are shown with a grey outline after COPY pressed
Editor buttons and keys affect real or copied selection - not both
PGUP / PGDN can now be used to adjust Z value of selected objects
C key now clears selected object type as well as selected objects
It is now possible to set marshall circles to have zero diameter
Objects and marshall circles can now be selected at the same time
Multiple object rectangle select CTRL+drag with left mouse button
Start position / checkpoints / finish line now in control section
You can hold SHIFT to keep objects selected when exiting edit mode

Graphics:

Slight reduction in some excessively bright driver models
RAW files are no longer used and skies now use DDS textures
Existing RAW files are converted the first time LFS is started
Removed option to view sky in 16-bit colour

Interface:

New URL for skin uploads lfs.net/skins
Text message dialog now has variable width
Clip mouse to screen is now CTRL+M as CTRL+C is used for copy
Command /axsel to copy layout editor selection text to clipboard

Free view camera position text command:

Type /cp to copy a text camera position to the clipboard
The resulting text can be saved in a text file, forum, etc. or into
another instance of Live for Speed to reproduce the camera position

Commands:

Improved processing of command line to be more flexible
New command /settings=X.txt - uses X.txt instead of cfg.txt
Command /settings must be the first on command line or in file
Command /mp (join local host) can now be used on the command line

Misc:

Live for Speed can now recover from a graphics driver error
Textures are no longer reloaded when changing weather (faster)
LFS starting in borderless window mode now goes to the same monitor
New option "Display LFS logo in game" (not optional in demo mode)
English file is no longer saved when LFS starts (can be deleted)
New check for corrupted 3D models to avoid possible crash on load

VR:

New commands to skip F8 menu /vr reset_headset and /vr use_relative

InSim:

New value PMO_POSITION for IS_AXM packet to report a blank position
New packet IS_CIM reports a connection's interface / editor mode
New values PMO_SELECTION_REAL and PMO_MOVE_MODIFY for PMOFlags
New values TTC_SEL_START and TTC_SEL_STOP for IS_TTC
New value PMO_GET_Z for IS_AXM packet to report Z values
New value PMO_AVOID_CHECK for PMO_ADD_OBJECTS avoids validity check
UCID can be set in some IS_AXM packets by an external InSim program
to make the resulting packets appear as if sent by an editing admin
(PMO_ADD_OBJECTS / PMO_DEL_OBJECTS / PMO_CLEAR_ALL)


INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS:

A FULL version of LFS 0.6R must already be installed


To install the PATCH using the SELF EXTRACTING ARCHIVE:

1) Move or save the patch into your main LFS folder
2) Double click the patch to extract it to that folder
3) When you see "Confirm File Replace" select "Yes to All"
4) Now you can start LFS in the normal way

NOTE: You can see if the patch is correctly installed when you run
the program (LFS.exe). At the bottom of the entry screen: 0.6R22


DOWNLOADS:

IF YOU ALREADY HAVE 0.6R:
PATCH 0.6R TO 0.6R22 (SELF EXTRACTING ARCHIVE)
www.lfs.net/file_lfs.php?name=LFS_PATCH_6R_TO_6R22.exe (1.4 MB)

FOR HOSTING ONLY:
DEDICATED HOST 0.6R22 (non-graphical version for hosting only):
www.lfs.net/file_lfs.php?name=LFS_S3_DCON_6R22.zip (1.8 MB)
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Scawen
Developer
All up and running for now.

I'll stop posting frequent status reports.

You can check the status by looking at the activity graph on www.lfsworld.net

We are still working on solutions.
Scawen
Developer
Master is up again. Probably will be attacked again but we are working on solutions!
Scawen
Developer
Offline again
Scawen
Developer
Master server is available at the moment.
Scawen
Developer
We don't know who it is although we were contacted by someone who claimed to know the attacker and be able to control them. They know they can't get anything from us so really it's just for the fun of it. It seems to me they just want to stop other people doing what they want to do and I suppose they think it's funny that they can do that. There's nothing else to be gained so that's the only explanation. It's probably best not to give them the attention they crave.
Scawen
Developer
Can all of you access www.lfsworld.net - I can't at the moment although Victor can.

EDIT : OK thanks for the test, I think it was a DNS propagation issue and my ISP isn't updated yet.
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Scawen
Developer
OK
Scawen
Developer
If the DDOS attacker has a problem with one segment of the LFS community, could they please discuss it with the people involved, and not take it out on the entire LFS community? We have a discussion forum to help. You can often solve a problem by talking about it.
Scawen
Developer
If you would like help, please only ask once.

I have moved this thread to the programmer section and I have deleted the 3 duplicates.

I doubt that you will be able to convert a program if you don't know how to code InSim or Java. I think you should try to read up on them if you are interested, otherwise you are really just asking other people to do it for you.
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