So I heard the hackers are demanding Facepunch to release the server binaries, because right now you can only host a server if you pay one of the exclusive partners.
The first reaction is probably to think “no way we will give them what they want”, but on second thought, wouldn’t it be better for the future, so things like this won’t happen again? When the binaries are in more hands than the few of the server administrators, bugs/exploits like the current one will be found faster, and can get fixed. Maybe, if the binaries had been available the whole time, someone would have found this bug earlier and reported it?
I’m also pretty sure that, if the binaries were available to the public, that people would’ve already fixed the current issue, as there are a few possibilities (like tunneling everything through a proxy and checking for malicious packets). With the situation now, only a few persons at Facepunch and uLink are able to work on the issue, and not the general public.