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uTorrent & BitComet banned on private tracker


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Yesterday the following userwide pm msg was sent to all members of a private torrent site announcing that BitComet has been banned.


The BitComet torrent client will no longer be permitted on ***Torrents effective December 08, 2005 at 16:00 GMT

This is due to the fact that BitComet disregards the "private flag" and attempts to contact peers on DHT based "trackerless" networks if the torrent is available on such a network. This is a security concern for ***torrents.org.

This is a logic flaw in BitComet and has been recorded on BitComet's forums numerous times. You can verify this by searching in the BitComet forum "BitComet Bugs & Feature Requests" for the term "private" or by viewing this specific topic: http://www.p2pforums.com/viewtopic.php?t=17442.

The proper way to handle the "private flag" is described nicely by Azureus's wiki:


"upon seeing this flag set, (Azureus) will disable any sort of external peer exchange for that torrent; meaning only peers given out by the tracker will be used"

***Torrents recommends using uTorrent (http://www.utorrent.com) or Azureus (http://azureus.sourceforge.net) as they both handle the private flag as described above.

Do not complain to ***Torrents staff about this decision; we will make no exceptions. Should the author of BitComet change his clients handling of the private flag in future versions we may revisit the decision at that time.


And now uTorrent is telling me "Failure: Your client is banned". The site has not made any announcements on why uTorrent has been banned yet though.

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