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eMule 0.49b released

PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 6:06 am
by Andu
For those that don't regularly check eMule-project I just wanted to announce that 0.49b was released. It has some neat improvements which everybody should have. Especially now that there are troubles with the servers that are being DDoSed.

So enjoy. :)

Here is the release post by Some Support

Dear eMule Users,

Barely two and a half months have passed, and yet another new eMule version is on the horizont. 0.49b continues to complete the agenda of its predecessor in the 0.49 series. This means further optimizations for Kad and more important immunity against recently researched routing attacks, several improvements of the GUI for Vista users, a new UPnP implementation, easier connecting to Kad for new users and fixing of an important bug which slipped into the last version.

As a reminder, the mainfeatures of the 0.49 series are
  • Major Kad protocol improvements, like Kad obfuscation, better NAT handling, Direct Callbacks, flood protections, protection against routing attacks, bootstrap nodes.dat, etc.
  • Several changes to the message system to get rid of spammers (by Captchas) and stay in touch with friends with dynamic IPs
  • Several GUI improvements like storing searches between eMule sessions, a searchfilter for shared files, improved Vista support, etc
  • A reworked and improved UPnP implementation
  • And as always fixing bugs and adding other small changes
For all the details, check out the complete changelog below!


Win9x users only:
The following has to be installed on Win9x/ME only -- it enables the Unicode functionality for eMule on those OSes.
[url="http://microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=73BA7BD7-ED06-4F0D-80A4-2A7EEAEE17E2&displaylang=en"]Microsoft Layer for Unicode on Windows 95/98/ME Systems (MSLU) version 1.0[/url]


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So - download the new eMule client - and have fun. :)


Your eMule-Team


Changelog for 0.49b wrote:eMule 0.49b
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- Jul, 31. 2008 -
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.: Fixed some rare possible crashes

eMule 0.49b BETA2
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- Jul, 28. 2008 -
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.: Added deleting of single entries from AutoComplete drop down lists by pressing the DEL key.
.: Added a new search method option "Automatic" which lets eMule choose which search method to use. eMule will select either Servers (Local) or Kad, based on which network we are connected to and some other indicators if connected to both networks.
.: Removed a general exception handler for the Beta version. This means eMule crashes instead of ignoring unexpected errors, which however is needed so we actually can find such bugs (if any exist) in the crashdumps.

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- Jul, 26. 2008 -
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.: Implemented a special nodes.dat version, which is more suited for mass distribution without causing significant additional traffic for the included nodes. This hopefully allows us to add a nodes.dat to the installer, so that new user can connect to Kad without having to connect to servers or downloading a nodes.dat themself

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- Jul, 15. 2008 -
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.: Implemented an alternate method to estimate the total user count in the Kad network, which is not based on our local routing table. Its experimental and only shown in the network dialog (double click the world icon in the status bar)
.: Adjusted the displaying of the user count by not showing numbers for a network we are nto connected to

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- Jul, 14. 2008 -
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.: Fixed a minor bug with kad obfuscation when contacting answering unbofuscated hello-requests
.: Made sure that only one challenge to verify a contact is sent at a time to the same IP

eMule 0.49b BETA1
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- Jul, 11. 2008 -
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.: Added MiniUPnPLib as additional UPnP implementation, the current Windows service based implementation is used as fallback. This will hopefully make eMule's UPnP compatible to most available routers. [miniupnplib by Thomas Bernard, Test & Suggestion: leuk_he]
.: A specific UPnP implementation can be disabled by adding "DisableMiniUPNPLibImpl=1" or "DisableWinServImpl=1" into the "UPnP" section of the preferences.ini

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- Jul, 5. 2008 -
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.: When reading a nodes.dat without any verified contacts (possible an old file version), eMule will assume all contacts to be verified to avoid slowing down the connecting process
.: Project files for VS2005 and VS2008 have been added, however the official eMule is still developed and compiled on VS2003

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- Jun, 27. 2008 -
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.: Several changes were made to Kad in order to defy routing attacks researched by University of Minnesota guys [Peng Wang, James Tyra, Eric Chan-Tin, Tyson Malchow, Denis Foo Kune, Nicholas Hopper, Yongdae Kim], in particular:
.: Kad contacts will only be able to update themself in others routing tables if they provide the proper key (supported by 0.49a+ nodes) in order to make it impossible to hijack them
.: Kad uses now a three-way-handshake (or for older version a similar check) for new contacts, making sure they do not use a spoofed IP
.: Unverified contacts are not used for routing tasks and a marked with a special icon in the GUI

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- Jun, 22. 2008 -
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.: Fixed: Shared Files window splitter did not properly save/restore position.
.: Did first small step in dropping Kad1 support by not probing unknown Kad contacts for Kad1 anymore to save overhead. Kad1 clients will nevertheless still be work for now.
.: Fixed a bug which let Kad sometimes assume a Kad2 contact to be Kad1 after probing for both versions

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- Jun, 18. 2008 -
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.: Fixed: Memory leak in context menus.
.: Added: Vista styles for context menus.

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- Jun, 12. 2008 -
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.: Fixed: Pressing ESC in Shared Files window filter destroyed the entire window.

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- Jun, 10. 2008 -
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.: Added additional sanitize checks to make sure eMule never writes downloaded data into an already completed part
.: Optimized the Kad packettracking code to only tack packets which we check later, to save ressources

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- Jun, 9. 2008 -
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.: Fixed 100% CPU usage bug with tooltips in Statistics Graphs.
.: Added: Tooltip in Statistics Graphs show the Y-value.
.: Kad no longer tries to add UDP firewalled (and therefore mostly unreachable) nodes into its routing table, reducing overhead and increasing reliability [Idea: Netfinity]
.: Kad tries to determine the overall ration of firewalled clients in the Kad network and shows them in the statistics tree. This will only work if you are not firewalled yourself and know enough 0.49b+ nodes
.: When calculating the total user count, Kad now uses (if available) the real number of firewalled clients for the calculation instead a fixed value. This will take more effect when 0.49+ nodes become common

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- Jun, 5. 2008 -
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.: The "Handle eD2k-Links" button now also works properly with Vista's UAC enabled

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- May, 31. 2008 -
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.: Added: Unshare context menu entries for directories within the virtual "Shared Directories" folder.

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- May, 28. 2008 -
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.: Added: Vista themes for all owner drawn tab controls.
.: Added: Vista themes for category selector controls.

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- May, 25. 2008 -
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.: Fixed main toolbar redrawing problems under Vista.
.: Reworked connecting code, fixing some minor and some major bugs, including a possible loop in unreachable DirectCallback sources

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- May, 19. 2008 -
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.: Added new close icons for closeable tab controls.
.: Kad now ignores multiple IDs pointing to one IP in routing request answers

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- May, 18. 2008 -
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.: Fixed: Tab controls were not sized correctly on certain text contents.

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- May, 17. 2008 -
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.: Fixed: Category tabs in Transfers window did not show correct default text color.
.: Fixed: Category properties dialog did not always show the correct (default) category color.
.: Added: Hot tracking effects for Vista themes for all (owner drawn) tab controls.

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- May, 12. 2008 -
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.: Fixed: Tooltips did not show correctly with Vista Aero theme.


Re: eMule 0.49b released

PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2008 5:13 am
by Ratt
Andu wrote:Implemented a special nodes.dat version, which is more suited for mass distribution without causing significant additional traffic for the included nodes. This hopefully allows us to add a nodes.dat to the installer, so that new user can connect to Kad without having to connect to servers or downloading a nodes.dat themself


Very good. This has been a highly neccessary feature since the main servers were taken down. I believe the network may have suffered a decline in new users because some can't figure out how to get Kad to connect for the first time.

Re: eMule 0.49b released

PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2008 3:22 pm
by ntscuser
Just used 0.49b for the first time and noticed search type had somehow reverted to "server" and I wasn't getting any search results. I changed it to "global" and the problem was solved.

Re: eMule 0.49b released

PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2008 3:28 pm
by Golgo1
Man, they are cruising!
At this rate they'll easily hit v1.0 by the time the internet is obsolete :lol:

I kid because I love.

Re: eMule 0.49b released

PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2008 5:18 pm
by HEAT84
Several GUI improvements like storing searches between eMule sessions


eMule already does that. :? Maybe inprovment is the operative word?

Re: eMule 0.49b released

PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 12:41 am
by Lee1001
There seems to be a new"search type"automatic

Re: eMule 0.49b released

PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 8:47 am
by ntscuser
Lee1001 wrote:There seems to be a new"search type"automatic
Didn't work for me, had to manually select "global".

Re: eMule 0.49b released

PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 12:27 pm
by SwordOfZork
Are they EVER going to come out of beta? :roll:

Re: eMule 0.49b released

PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 3:04 pm
by Andu
Automatic decides by itself if it should do a local server search or a Kad search. It doesn't do global searches though ;).

Nope this is one open source project that will stay beta until the very end :D

Re: eMule 0.49b released

PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 3:12 pm
by Psycho Ced
hmmm...crashed on me on setup while trying to UPnP setup.