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SSL Certificate extended

I do not know how many of you are using the secure encrypted version of the website available at https://www.karchan.org, but if you do, you must have noticed that the certificate has been expired for the past 3 months of so.

I have now remedied the problem, and the certificate is now valid until the first of February 2018.

You can view/verify the certificate, by clicking on the GoDaddy badge you see on the left.

High Regards,

Linux update

Linux needed an update, badly, and I had to install the new kernel version.

That's the reason for the small amount of downtime, just now.

I restarted everything, and everything seems to be in order.

As always, let me know if anything is amiss.

High regards,

Merry Christmas to All and to All a Good Night!

I erry Christmas and a Happy Newyears to all of you.

As usual, I find myself with little time to spend here. Let us hope this changes in the coming year. I will make that my primary New Year's Resolution.

All the love,

A note on Security

I have recently received questions wether Karchan is secure, depending on behaviour that people see in their browsers. Well, truth of the matter is of course that I can never be 100% certain.

I do try very hard to increase the level of security of the game at every opportunity. It already has been strengthened considerably since the days of Drupal.

That said, I felt the need to write a permanent page and add it to the website, to detail how you can play the game in relative safety.

You can find the page here and it is also accessible from the Help menu. Choose Security.

High regards,

Entering the game has changed

Fell, I did mention that I would put up a blog post indicating the recent changes.

For those who have not noticed, logging into the game has changed.

The new process is as follows:

  1. log on
  2. enter game
  3. play game
  4. quit game
  5. log off

I am very happy with the change. No longer is the security part something that I cooked up myself, but instead we're using the Glassfish security realms.

It is no longer required to play the game, when you log on. But once you have logged on, playing the game is as simple as the press of a button.

Also, as you now see there is some content in the "Settings" page. This page will be expanded with the possibility to edit your charactersheet and/or guild etc. So, though it seems very empty for now, this will change.

A small but important note on security

I use SHA-1 hash to encrypt passwords. I've decided to move over to SHA-512 hash as being more secure. As I don't know peoples passwords, I've rigged the software to re-encrypt the password when somebody logs in.

It does mean that it is very important for you to logon at least once with each one of your characters.

Once the change becomes permanent, your characters with the old encrypted passwords will become inaccessible without deputy intervention.

Regards,

Maintenance complete

aintenance is now done. Let me know if I screwed up somewhere along the way.

I will write a blog about the changes, though they should be fairly obvious and unambiguous, but I'll add some backstory about why.

Also, chances are that if things do not work, you might want to refresh the page, or reload the page, or clear your browser cache, or some of that jazz.

Seriously, clear your browser cache.

Regards,

 

Maintenance

he game is currently under maintenance.

 

The Wiki!

owdie, peoples.

As you may have noticed, the Land of Karchan website is currently housing a Wiki. The Wiki is under active development and you can contribute as well! In order to do your part, you have to register on the Land of Karchan website using the blue thing on the upper-right corner of the browser. The website is open for everyone. Verification takes place using your email address.

Just to make sure you understand, if successfull you then have two accounts. One for playing the game, and one for fiddling with the website wiki. These two accounts have absolutely nothing in common with each other.

Also bear in mind the following:
- Liferay is a multi-site system, meaning just registering is not enough to be able to do something with the wiki.

The following steps also need to be undertaken:
- Once registered and logged in, click on your name in the tab on the upper-right corner of the browser
- Select Dashboard from the dropdown list.
- Under "My sites" you will see that you are not a member of *any* sites. 
- Under "Available sites" there is just one option: "Karchan".
- Click on the "Join" next to Karchan
- Done.

You should be able to edit the Wiki, when you select it in the menu bar.

Not done!

Things are not done yet. Working.

Maintenance rescheduled until a later time.

Regards,

System Down for Maintenance Tonight

People of Karchan,

I plan on getting that logging and security thing I mentioned previously done today and releasing it this evening, 22:00 game time.

It will probably make it impossible to log in for some time and play the game.

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