Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Texture Theft Vulnerability in Cloud Party?

Cloud Party IP Security Issue?
Viewing Cloud Party textures with Chrome Developer Tools

It looks like you can browse and download any texture within a Cloud Party Island, including those embedded in 3D objects. All you need is the built-in developer tools in the Chrome browser. I'll leave it to those with better technical chops to weigh in on whether this is an inherent issue with a browser-based platform. But given the recent Second Life skin designer lawsuit, this is an issue that will need to be addressed

2 comments:

Leonel Morgado said...

Of course textures can be downloaded in Cloud Party. And 3D models. And in every single world its actually the same. Any attempt at blocking that is just for the show. This is the Internet. As long as it reaches you, it can be diverted. It is not a vilnerability, it's part of the nature of the net. The only way to avoid it is to avoid transmitting it - sending a video rendered by the server, for instance. Web designers have long learned this.

maxmarch said...

This is a flaw of OpenGL way beyond the control of Cloud Party and it doesn't stop at textures... the vulnerability includes all assets including geometry and media. The entire OpenGL approach is prone to content theft on a scale that would put CopyBot to shame. OpenSim is actually safer by comparison.