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Possible russian doll exploit-caused server performance smashing
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Posting what I've read elsewhere:

"I played this with a bunch of people last night when I inadvertently discovered that I could lag out an entire server (or at least an entire area of the server). At one point, one of the guys I was playing with said that you could nest backpacks within backpacks, like Russian nesting dolls. He said there didn't seem to be a limit to the number of times you did this. Well, he only braved a backpack within a backpack within a backpack. I foolishly kept going, and managed to be 5 backpacks deep. After this happened, whenever I tried to log into a server, everything would freeze. People stopped moving and you stopped being able to use items. Everybody I was playing with kept trying to server hop complaining about the terrible server performance before I realized that it was me. I was bringing everything down when I tried to connect.

I eventually decided to join one of those high max population hosted servers, hoping that they would have more server resources to handle my fucked up inventory. It took about 5 minutes after I logged in before I could equip my weapon. It took at least another 30 minutes to unfuck my inventory. I had to place a backpack on the ground, then proceed to un-nest all of them. After they were all un-nested, I discovered that I couldn't pull items out of them and into my inventory, but I could pull the items out and place them on the ground. So I eventually emptied all my backpacks onto the ground and waited. After a very, very long time, the server eventually unfucked itself and I was able to reclaim some of my items. The whole time this happened I had a yellow connection icon.

So there. I inadvertently discovered a lag bomb. I don't know if it is area based, or if it affects the entire server, but it is deadly to all involved."


Legacy ID
Have Not Tried

Event Timeline

Fogtripper set Category to Server.Jan 5 2014, 11:51 PM
Fogtripper set Reproducibility to Have Not Tried.
Fogtripper set Severity to None.
Fogtripper set Resolution to Open.
Fogtripper set Legacy ID to 1325008896.May 8 2016, 4:05 PM
GeoffW added a subscriber: GeoffW.May 8 2016, 4:05 PM
GeoffW added a comment.Jan 6 2014, 7:45 AM

i also reported the problem.

it appears to be whole server for a minute or so then more area based while everyone catches up.

I would make this private. This tracker is a very good source of server abuse mechanics.