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Redesign the cheating prevention system
04-13-2007, 06:14 PM
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Redesign the cheating prevention system
Tsunim Wrote:Whatever mechanism you build in the program can be easely circumvented.

You only need a network monitor(linux router will suffice, less /dev/eth0) and filter out all network traffic.

Figure out what the whatpulse program sends out, write a little program dat sends that exact bulk of code and response fromt he server, and that sends the specific info up to the server.
Have the program go in a loop and you can be up to a zillion zillion keystrokes in a few minutes.

The only safe bet is server side protection, counting an average keystrokes per day.

What would be a safe bet for whatpulse:

Take averages from all users: total keystrokes / (days they are member - time since last pulse) = the average keystrokes they have per day.

Add up all averages / number of members = average keystrokes per day for a normal person

By doing this calculation by all members you get a reliable statistic which you can use to check against cheating.

If anyone breaks the statistical average per day by his last 3 pulses raise a red flag and keep the user monitored to see if it's a good typist, or a cheater.

but building in a checking mechanism in the program is pure folly. Cheaters don't need the program.

Michael


and that's what the token is for?

There are 10 sorts of people, those who know binary, and those who don't.
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Redesign the cheating prevention system - otoolejp - 03-27-2007, 08:39 PM
Redesign the cheating prevention system - Tsunim - 04-12-2007, 08:14 PM
Redesign the cheating prevention system - TheGambler - 04-13-2007 06:14 PM
Redesign the cheating prevention system - mikestrike - 08-04-2007, 04:10 AM

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