steam prpl?

Mark Schneider queueram at
Sun Dec 2 01:24:10 EST 2007

On Nov 13, 2007 2:34 AM, Ryan Barrett <pidgin at> wrote:
> hey all. does anyone know anything about the steam ( )
> IM protocol? i've been spending more and more time on steam lately, and i'd
> love to use pidgin instead of their client when i'm not actually in a game.
> i haven't found much with web searches. the most useful so far is this page on
> their developer wiki, which seems to imply that it's msn:
> anyone know more?
> -Ryan


I saw your message a while back, and i've been curious about the Steam
Friends protocol myself.  They don't use MSN: the link you reference
is for people to submit ideas for improvement of Steam Friends to the

I finally got around to analyzing the Steam protocol this weekend, and
this is what i'm finding:
-Uses UDP running on port 27017 (although previous versions used 27013
and 27014, so maybe they just bump the port# when they change
-Uses RSA (or very similar encryption) scheme to transmit messages.
They use the CryptoPP library for this.
-Each message contains a 36-byte header beginning with the string
"VS01" followed by 32-bytes that determine what type of message it is.
Best guesses:
bytes 0-3: "VS01"
bytes 4-7: type of message
bytes 8-11: destination ID
bytes 12-15: source ID
bytes 16-19: id/sequence#1
bytes 20-23: iid/sequence#2 (looks like which id this packet is responding to)
bytes 24-27: 0, 1, or 2 are all i've seen so far.  No idea.
bytes 28-31: id/sequence#1 or id/sequence#1+1 (if contains remainder
of data from previous split packet)
bytes 32-35: length (of whole packet, even if split)

I'm going to do some more poking around, but unfortunately i'm not as
educated on encryption as i would like to be (i understand the Alice
and Bob story [1], but that's about it).



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