Classic Minecraft launcher officially dead due to Heartbleed security flaw

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Minecraft had the same launcher from it's creation to 2013, when Mojang replaced it with the new Minecraft launcher we see today. However, the old launcher continued to be used for those who didn't want to update to the new one. That is, until today. Because today we say goodbye to the original Minecraft launcher, thanks to a bug called Heartbleed.

The bug is called Heartbleed because it piggybacks on a feature called heartbeat, which affects specific versions of the widely-used OpenSSL library. OpenSSL, also known as Open Secure Sockets Layer, is what just about every site and online service uses to transfer sensitive information between you and the internet. Web logins, online banking, and even Minecraft's servers use OpenSSL. Heartbleed was discovered earlier today, and allows hackers to steal user names and passwords from just about any site on the internet (and even more than logins).

Mojang is one of thousands of companies affected by the bug, and earlier today all login servers were shut off to fix the bug. Around an hour later, the servers came back online with the bug fixed and a new Minecraft launcher update. Unfortunately, the launcher now uses a fixed security certificate that cannot be ported back to the older launcher. To avoid players' accounts being hacked, Mojang has decided to shut down the old Minecraft launcher.

This means that the old Minecraft launcher, as well as all custom launchers that use the old login protocol, are now disabled and cannot login to Minecraft. The new Minecraft launcher appears to be running normally now, however some custom launchers are having issues logging in.

Source: Twitter

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April 8, 2014 at 10:43 AM delete

That's sad :(

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April 8, 2014 at 12:15 PM delete

Whyyyyyyyyyy stupid Heartbleed. Why can't those idiots we call 'scientists' just develop a hack-free security system already?!

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Ghgore
April 8, 2014 at 2:46 PM delete

That's not as easy as you would think.

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Ghgore
April 8, 2014 at 2:49 PM delete

Yes, it is. I still have the app on my computer though, to bring back the old memories. (Of the three days before the new launcher came out, because that's when I got Minecraft on my computer XD)

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Sayado
April 8, 2014 at 2:54 PM delete

well i miss the 1. whatever it was to the 1.5 launcher, goodbye old one and thanks alot heartbleed

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NintendoGuy64
April 8, 2014 at 5:06 PM delete

Thats okay because I play offline due to Jerks killing you with there diamonds and blowing your house up.

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Franklin Hartley
April 8, 2014 at 11:56 PM delete

Oh well... lets all just get on with our lives :/

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AidoP
April 9, 2014 at 12:39 AM delete

Because for every good programmer there is a bad programmer and they are developing better security/hacking software at a similar rate... To put it simple.

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AidoP
April 9, 2014 at 12:40 AM delete

Its the logging in that is the problem, not the servers.

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David Stryke
April 9, 2014 at 12:53 AM delete

Tris, you have no clue how hard it is to even create a security system, let alone develop one that can't be hacked. When you decide to put 100+ hours into working on an un-hackable system, please tell us! Someone will hack it within a day. As technology always evolves, the baddies always get a hold of it.

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sindor
April 9, 2014 at 6:59 AM delete

welp i dont mind i didnt like the old launcher much new one is wayyy better

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carpet111
April 9, 2014 at 7:17 AM delete

no computer system is invulnerable, there is a reason there are still hackers.

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carpet111
April 9, 2014 at 7:18 AM delete

will this affect the technic launcher?

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carpet111
April 9, 2014 at 9:12 AM delete

probably like 500 hours for a hard to hack system

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Rexo5
April 9, 2014 at 4:22 PM delete

Really I'm pretty sure Heartbleed only affects https sites that use openssl

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Eragon1216
April 10, 2014 at 8:46 AM delete

Those "idiots" are very likely the reason you're alive with as much luxury as you have, as well as the reason you're going to live as long as you will. Think before you comment.

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carpet111
April 10, 2014 at 9:10 AM delete

not nessicarily

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pb_n_jgamer
April 12, 2014 at 7:22 AM delete

so can I play on minecraft? I mean, will it be safe?

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April 12, 2014 at 11:30 AM delete

Yes, the vulnerability has been fixed. It's safe to play :)

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April 14, 2014 at 9:15 PM delete

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minerone23
April 20, 2014 at 1:32 PM delete

I've been waiting for the cut for almost a year, Good Job Mojang!

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EleanorB20752
April 24, 2014 at 3:28 AM delete

me too new allows easy peasy version switching (so i can play on any server :))

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Metaflyer
May 1, 2014 at 9:42 AM delete

Incorrect. That's only about 21 days of work. Technically, creating an un-hackable security system is impossible.

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Andrew
May 5, 2014 at 9:17 AM delete

Such a disappointment, right when i'm about to downgrade to an old technic version.

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Andrew
May 5, 2014 at 9:19 AM delete

NO! Technic Launcher isn't connected to the old launcher. Technic control their own launcher.

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Daniel_Pedersen
May 6, 2014 at 10:56 PM delete

or minecraft forge

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Daniel_Pedersen
May 6, 2014 at 10:56 PM delete

Now I cant install too many items and optifine for 1.5.2 :(

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Daniel_Pedersen
May 6, 2014 at 10:57 PM delete

I cant mod old versions of minecraft now

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Daniel_Pedersen
May 6, 2014 at 10:58 PM delete

Stupid heartbleed

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Daniel_Pedersen
May 6, 2014 at 10:58 PM delete

My life is ruined RUINED

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Daniel_Pedersen
May 6, 2014 at 10:59 PM delete

:( :( :(

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Daniel_Pedersen
May 6, 2014 at 11:00 PM delete

but now the old launcher is dead

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Daniel_Pedersen
May 6, 2014 at 11:00 PM delete

Minecraft was my favorite game

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Daniel_Pedersen
May 6, 2014 at 11:02 PM delete

RIP old launcher :'(

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Daniel_Pedersen
May 6, 2014 at 11:02 PM delete

i started playing minecraft in beta 1.7.3
I wish i started earlier

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May 7, 2014 at 3:35 AM delete

Please don't post a bunch of comments.

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