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With the release of the MSN Chat Control 4.2 and later, they blocked this proxy method by having the chat control hash the IP address of the server to which it was instructed to connect into the response to the challenge in authentication.The Gate Keeper mechanism is not publicly documented.Gate Keeper Passport is the same system, But uses parameters supplied by the HTML webpage to log you into a personal account.Perhaps because of abuse or other factors, such as the desire to authenticate users based on their Microsoft Passport, Microsoft implemented Gate Keeper and Gate Keeper Passport, and integrated both into their chat control.
The weakness of Gate Keeper and the fact the early MSN Chat Controls (1.0−3.0) had public functions for doing Gate Keeper authentication seemed to indicate Microsoft wanted third parties to be able to access their network as before, but they wanted to be able to control automated abuse.
However, in reality most staff simply used the PASS command to authenticate with MSN Chat, as this circumvented the need to pass the SASL authentication challenge (Gate Keeper Passport on MSN Chat).