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uoproxy

Copyright 2005-2020 Max Kellermann <max@blarg.de>

What is uoproxy?

uoproxy is a proxy server designed for Ultima Online. It acts as an Ultima Online server, and forwards the connection to a 'real' server.

Some of the interesting features:

  • transparent auto-reconnect after a server or network failure (e.g. DSL disconnect, server maintenance); the UO client won't notice, macros keep running without user interaction
  • backgrounding the connection, i.e. quit your client and the proxy will stay online, for macroing off kill counters
  • multi-headed (playing a character with multiple clients)
  • character change without logout
  • traversing firewalls
  • transparent proxying
  • faking your client IP - install uoproxy on 10 different servers, and have 10 different IP addresses although all clients run on your local computer
  • faking client version and hardware info
  • hide multi client operation
  • block spy packets
  • circumventing a shard's login server (most freeshards are insecure!)
  • easy exploit development (if you know C)

Getting uoproxy

You can download uoproxy from GitHub:

https://github.com/MaxKellermann/uoproxy

Installation

uoproxy was developed on Linux, but will probably run on any POSIX operating system, including Solaris, FreeBSD, MacOS X. You need the following to compile it:

Type:

meson . output
ninja -C output install

Then you can start uoproxy on the command line:

uoproxy -D play.uooutlands.com

Now point your Ultima Online client (encryption disabled) at the machine running uoproxy. UOGateway can be used to remove encryption and to add the uoproxy server to your Login.cfg.

Instead of specifying your shard's login server on the command line, you can configure it (and other settings) in a configuration file. It will be loaded from $HOME/.uoproxyrc or from /etc/uoproxy.conf. There is a sample file in conf/uoproxy.conf in the uoproxy sources.

Configuration

Most configuration options are only available in the configration file. By default, uoproxy looks for it in your home directory (~/.uoproxyrc) and then in the system wide configuration directory (/etc/uoproxy.conf). The following options are available:

  • port: The TCP port <filename>uoproxy</filename> binds on. Defaults to 2593.
  • bind: The IP and the TCP port uoproxy binds on. You cannot specify both port and bind.
  • socks4: Optional SOCKS4 proxy server (e.g. a TOR server).
  • server: The login server of the shard you wish to connect to.
  • server_list: Emulate a login server. In the value of this option, uoproxy expects a list of game servers (not login servers!) in the form name=ip:port,name2=ip2:port2,....
  • background: Keep connections after the last client has exited? Defaults to no.
  • autoreconnect: Automatically reconnect to game server if the connection fails for some reason? Defaults to yes.
  • antispy: Block spy packets? This includes known packets where the client transmits information about the user's computer. Defaults to no.
  • light: Block light packets sent by the server, i.e. always enable full light level? Defaults to no.
  • client_version: Report this client version to the game server and emulate this protocol version. By default, uoproxy forwards the version reported by the first client.
  • razor_workaround: Enables the workaround for a Razor bug which causes hangs during login. Defaults to no.

Tips and Tricks

Multi-Heading

uoproxy allows you to play with multiple clients on the one account at the same time, even if they talk different protocol versions.

Translating between protocol versions

uoproxy implements several versions of the UO protocol and can translate between them on-the-fly. The config option client_version specifies the protocol version for talkin to the game server; if that option is not configured, the first client sets the version.

Now imagine the server does not support a new (or old) protocol version: just enter a suported version number into the client_version option, and let uoproxy do the rest.

Troubleshooting

Dumping packets

If you experience a problem you cannot solve, and you ask for help, you should include a packet dump. uoproxy dumps packets at a verbosity of 10, i.e. you have to specify 9 -v options when starting:

uoproxy -vvvvvvvvv |tee /tmp/uoproxy.log

Note that this also logs your user name and password. Since problems with login packets are rare, you should delete them before you send the log file.

Credits

Thanks to the people who deciphered the UO network protocol. Reading the sources of many free software projects helped a lot during uoproxy development, namely: RunUO, UOX3, Wolfpack, Iris and others.

Legal

Copyright 2005-2020 Max Kellermann <max@blarg.de>

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; version 2 of the License.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 675 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA.

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