PSA: The Logs Show Something

mistwarden 2019-09-04

On Monday September 2, a post to Reddit revealed the ability for players and bots to detect cloaked ships entering and leaving grids by reading the in-game logging file. The use of this technique will most likely be ruled as an exploit, but at the time of writing it is not.

However, this piece has been written to inform users who are unaware of the logs generated so that they can better understand how bots and other players may be able to detect cloaked ships. Again, it is not advisable that you use the outlined technique, as it is unclear what action CCP will take with this coming to light.

Yes, you read that opening sentence right: CCP has (likely by accident) given every user the chance to fight the Stealth Bomber threat with one simple in-game log which tells the user when a ship on grid warps, even when they are cloaked.

The revelation was first reported by Reddit user Nimos, and has since been independently verified for INN on both Singularity and Tranquility. The log file below shows a log generated when a cloaked ship starts to warp on an occupied grid. This means anyone paying attention to the log or has an automatic log filtering system will be able to tell when someone is arriving on their grid.

The particular line you should look for are the two instances of “starting REPEAT event: warping for another ship” log. This can be seen at 10:52:00 and at 10:52:09, with the top right notification from the testing user who stopped their ship. While this log has been generated under a controlled environment, it was created on the live Tranquility server.

So what does this all mean? Well, it means that users who are aware of it can use the log files to see when a ship is in warp even when cloaked. Any users who are running any bot programs can add this as an alert to start to warp the ship off.

This capability is truly game-breaking in the potential advantages it provides for botting players, and we here at INN hope that it is addressed properly as soon as possible.

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Comments

  • Rammel Kas

    There was mention of such out of game tools about two years ago scraping the logs to detect bubbles in the warp path. CCP plugged the holes on that occasion. It’s not clear if the redditor let them know about this one yet if at all.

    September 5, 2019 at 6:14 AM
    • LuftschutzLutz Rammel Kas

      This Bug has been reported. Don’t ask me if that was before guys tried to use this additional intel or if they had left CCP some time to fix it. I know of at least 2 bug tickets (describing reproduction on singu and confirming for tranqui) mentioned, when the topic made its round through the ingame channels.

      September 5, 2019 at 7:29 AM
      • Rammel Kas LuftschutzLutz

        That was the question being asked. The previous leaky log was used for many months before it got plugged after showing up in one of the Casino War battles.

        September 5, 2019 at 8:54 AM
  • Scott Wilson

    Looking at the logs, now hacking in 2019. We have ruined our children in twenty short years.

    September 5, 2019 at 3:25 PM
  • Scott Wilson

    Note: I just heard a rumor that Jita 4-4 is going to get turned into a Pallystar next patch.

    September 6, 2019 at 5:22 PM
  • Eve Talaminada

    The log leak of siphons have NEVER been fixed, and this leakage also favors the krabs and big blocs… I won’t hold my breath that it will be fixed anytime…

    September 6, 2019 at 9:44 PM