Category Archives: Messenger
I’m sorry to report that this Thursday’s update ends the last bit of trickery for any clients prior to Windows Live Messenger 2012 (MSN Protocol Version 21).
You can see this for yourself using dx’s server list on www.ismsndeadyet.com.
On Thursday, February 26th, most of the servers removed MSNP18 support, but left a few bn1 servers allowing the old version and all db3 servers.
On Thursday, March 5th, the last of the bn1 servers removed MSNP18 support, leaving only db3 servers.
On Thursday, March 12th, the last of the db3 servers removed MSNP18 support.
If you’re using Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10, and wish to continue using Messenger on its own, you will need to upgrade to Windows Live Messenger 2012. You can do so by downloading and running Reviver again, clicking the Advanced button, selecting “Do a new Messenger install” and choosing Windows Live Messenger 2012.
If you’re using Windows Vista, despite being unsupported officially, with a workaround you can install Windows Live Messenger 2012 too. I’ll be detailing this process shortly.
If you’re using Windows XP, Mac OS X, Linux, or any other non-Microsoft Messenger client (as of this writing, none I’m aware of support MSN Protocol 21), you will need to either use Skype or the web-based client in Outlook.com. My efforts on bridging an interface between the newer and older protocol wasn’t terribly successful so far. You can always use Messenger 2009 or other clients if they’re made to work again.
This is the end of an era. Messenger Reviver 2 supported these older clients (including the popular 2009 version) from April 23 2013 to March 12 2015, they will be missed.
If you’ve been relying on the workaround from last week for versions of Messenger prior to 2012, beginning just a few minutes ago, a number of the Messenger servers disappeared and sign-ins on these prior versions are once again failing with error code 80072efd (which means, can’t connect).
Another workaround I was trying this week has not been successful, so you’ll have to upgrade to 2012, use the web-based Messenger version on Outlook.com or upgrade to Skype.
To upgrade to 2012 on Windows 7, launch Messenger Reviver 2, choose the Advanced button, then select Do a new Messenger install, and then choose Windows Live Messenger 2012.
If you’re using Windows Vista, version 2011 will not presently allow you to sign in, but this should be fixable eventually as it uses the same version of the protocol as 2012.
If you’re using Windows XP, you will need to use Outlook.com or upgrade to Skype for now.
A small number of users using pre-2012 versions are redirected into the “db3” servers, which revived clients will now automatically try. With this in mind, if you are one of the lucky ones with an account that operates in this way, you may till be able to sign in or have contacts that do using these old versions.
Note: conversations on 2012 are sporadic right now, I’m going to assume once the current server changes are completed, it will go back to normal.
Starting a few minutes ago, new sign-in attempts to Messenger are being rejected and depending on your account, you’ll now receive either error code 81000305 or 80004005. Normally during the sign in process, the client and the server will negotiate the version of the protocol being used to access the service, but unfortunately the server is now rejecting the major versions of the Messenger protocol up to 18 (used by Messenger 2009).
With that said, Windows Live Messenger 2012 is still working over HTTPS. If you need Messenger access right now, please either install Messenger 2012 or use the Messenger client in Outlook.com.
UPDATE (Feb 26/2015 18:24 EST): A workaround is now in place as one of the servers hasn’t been updated yet, but it most likely will not last long. As this workaround is being done on the server side (DNS), depending on your ISP, it may take several hours. Some accounts will still not be able to connect.
Within the last 24-hours or so, a handful of users have let me know that they haven’t been able to sign into Messenger and are receiving error code 80072efd (which means quite simply, “can’t connect”).
This new problem is related to earlier changes Microsoft has made to push Messenger to HTTP and then also to HTTPS. Now, another group of the Messenger servers no longer are accepting all connections (specifically HTTP and Messenger protocol). Although Reviver 2.4.0 attempts to address this, because of these changes, at times you will sometimes be sent to servers which older versions of Messenger can no longer connect to.
Despite a good number of sign-in attempts, I have yet to experience the problem, and it seems to be a matter of (bad) luck. It’s certainly possible this was happening before, but it’s only now become an issue. A good percentage of those who have had the problem have been able to get back in by simply trying again later.
Unfortunately, there’s no particular elegant fix for this without some software development, but if you’re consistently seeing this problem and wouldn’t mind doing a bit of beta testing on some possible fixes, leave a comment below indicating so and I’ll follow-up with you.
Additionally, Windows Live Messenger 2012 should not have the problem, so if you are using Windows 7 or above, you can upgrade to 2012. To do so, download and run Reviver, choose the Advanced button, then Do a new Messenger install, and then choose Windows Live Messenger 2012.
In the last fortnight, Microsoft restricted previously revived or third-party Messenger clients to use HTTP access. Yesterday, they improved security by requiring TLS instead of SSL. Today, they’ve gone a step further and now require HTTPS, therefore making Messenger conversations encrypted to the Microsoft server. Presently, the only non-modified desktop Messenger client to support this is Windows Live Messenger 2012.
For versions of Windows Live Messenger 2011, 2009 or 2008, you will get error code 80072efd and you will need to re-revive with Messenger Reviver 2.4.0 for Messenger to work. For all other clients (Pidgin, Adium, other libpurple clients), where the option allows, you can continue to sign in by changing the Messenger server from messenger.hotmail.com to msn.messengergeek.com.
If you wish to still use the major Windows Messenger 4 or 5 versions, Messenger Reviver 2.4.0 will patch those too. In Reviver, choose the Advanced button and then Patch Messenger option to revive these older Windows Messenger clients.
At the moment, Messenger:mac will not be working. Future versions of Messenger Reviver 2:mac should be able to fix it.
In the last 48 hours Microsoft has improved the security of Microsoft Account/Windows Live ID/.NET Passport authentication by requiring you to use Transport Layer Security (TLS) to sign in. TLS is the “next version” of what you might know as SSL, commonly shown as a padlock icon in the address bar of a web browser.
The problem with this change is that by default, Windows XP has TLS support disabled. This also means that Messenger will fail to sign in and you’ll see the following message with error code 80048820:
To solve the problem, you will need to turn on TLS in Windows. You can either download and run the latest version of Reviver to enable this, or follow the three steps below:
- Click Start, then Run, type inetcpl.cpl and click OK.
- Click the Advanced tab, scroll down to the Security section at the bottom and select Use TLS 1.0 so that it’s checked.
- Then choose OK and try Messenger again.
The change should take effect immediately and you should now be able to sign in as normal.
The changes to Messenger have continued this week with Microsoft blocking access to port 1863 (that’s the defacto port for Messenger) firstly with the servers known as messenger.hotmail.com (bay.*) on December 1st and then the bn1.gateway.messenger.live.com (bn.*) server(s) on December 3rd.
The ever ingenious dx put together a status page listing the various types of servers in the network and their current status.
In practical terms, this means that instead of using the MSN protocol directly, the protocol is now being funneled over an HTTP connection, just like a web page. The Microsoft Messenger clients will automatically give up on port 1863 and use HTTP without any prompting, so if you’re a Messenger Reviver user, you shouldn’t have to do anything. However, third-party clients may require triggering their HTTP mode options manually, and some don’t support the HTTP mode.
You’ll note that on dx’s status page, only the servers that are directly called using hostnames have port 1863 blocked. The more technically interested can force Messenger into using 1863 by using their local hosts file or setting up their own DNS server to redirect messenger.hotmail.com to one of the working bay servers, and bn1.gateway.messenger.live.com to one of the bn.* servers.
As there’s been some requests for this, I put together a simple dmg which lets you copy the newly patched libpurple to the correct Adium (/Applications/Adium.app/Contents/Frameworks/libpurple.framework/Versions/Current) folder. Hopefully Adium is updated soon so this won’t be needed.
Update: In addition to the above, due to changes on the Messenger servers, you will now need to make a small adjustment to make Adium work. Choose the Adium menu, choose Preferences, double-click the MSN account, choose the Options category and change the Login Server to be msn.messengergeek.com and click OK. This should be included in a future Adium Reviver version.
The post, Most third-party Messenger clients have gone offline temporarily has more info about the change made.
Additionally, you can also revive the official Messenger:mac client.
- If you receive a message that the “libpurple folder” requires an administrator password, you probably don’t have Adium or the right version of Adium installed.
- On some accounts you might not be able to see your full contact list, this should soon be resolved in other clients and hopefully fixed in Adium too.
This page remains here for archival reasons. As of March 12th 2015, the last of the servers accepting sign-ins from Messenger:Mac have gone offline. To use the Messenger service on the Mac, you will need to use Skype, the web-based Outlook.com client, or Windows Live Messenger 2012 in a Windows virtual machine.
Starting November 13th, 2014, Messenger:mac clients are no longer able to sign in to the Messenger service and you will receive the following error:
Sign in to Microsoft Messenger failed because the service is not responding. The service is not available or you may not be connected to the Internet.
Using Messenger Reviver 2:mac
To revive Messenger:mac, download the Messenger Reviver 2 dmg and open it from the Downloads folder. Then right-click on the Messenger Reviver 2 mac icon and choose Open.
If you receive the “unidentified developer” warning message choose Open when asked. Next, you may get a message reminding you that you’re about to install software, click Continue. You can then click Continue to the Introduction screen, then the Install button, type in your password, and finally click the Install Software button. After Reviver has completed, Messenger:mac should re-open and you should be able to sign in.
Important note: Unlike the Windows version, Messenger Reviver 2:mac at this time is not able to automatically download and install Messenger:mac. If you do not already have it installed, you can install it from c|net Download.com.
Known issues and workarounds
When you sign into Messenger:mac after using Reviver:mac, you most likely will see various contact list addition requests from your contact list. This is a side effect of tricking the server, and can either be ignored or dismissed. Unfortunately, they will return again when you sign in again. This issue is being seen in various third party clients as well.
In addition to this, even though contacts appear on your contact list, you might receive a message “Do you want to accept a message from an unknown sender”. Click the Accept button and you can proceed with the conversation.
Lastly, on some accounts you might not appear online to your contacts. Regrettably, this is a result of the same issues above. You can workaround this problem by signing in on another client first (including logging into your Microsoft account at Outlook.com) and then signing into Messenger:mac. The other client will put you online and Messenger:mac will take over your Messenger session.
A compatible version of OS X running Messenger:mac 8.0.1
If you have been using BitlBee, Pidgin (or anything using its library, libpurple), Trillian or some other third-party instant messaging client that supports the msn protocol, you may have noticed over the past few hours that either your contact list is no longer accessible or you cannot sign in.
In BitlBee, you’ll see:
<root> msn – Logging in: Authenticated, getting buddy list
<root> msn – Login error: Connection timeout
In Pidgin, you’ll see it attempt to log in but get stuck at “Available – Connecting…”. In Trillian, your contact list will just not appear.
The problem seems to stem from a change on Microsoft’s end about which application IDs are allowed to retrieve contact lists. The ID used in the above clients is the applicationId (CFE80F9D-180F-4399-82AB-413F33A1FA11) from Windows Live Messenger 2008 (8.5). When the client attempts to get the contact list, the server will reply with: Invalid Application Header Application ID is either not defined in database or blocked from access.
The 2012 application ID key
still works as do clients revived using Messenger Reviver. If you’re wanting to re-compile any of these applications with source code, just edit the code to change the above ID to the 2012 one, 484AAC02-7F59-41B7-9601-772045DCC569. Additionally, if you’re familiar with running python, you can use this python script to automatically patch your client (thanks dx for creating this).
For Pidgin users, you might consider using the msn-pecan protocol plugin, then setting up a new account as the WLM protocol in Pidgin. This has several benefits, including avoiding the issue mentioned below.
UPDATE: Both BitlBee and Pidgin have both updated their source code trees, and Trillian has a new beta release.
Not showing online to your contacts
On some accounts, you will no longer show online to your contacts after changing the application ID. This issue is being investigated, but does not affect the Microsoft Messenger clients revived using Messenger Reviver. On Pidgin you can also use the msn-pecan protocol plugin to bypass the problem.
Meanwhile, despite “the end” of Messenger supposedly 12 days ago, the Messenger Service continues to hum along.