Security update for Nexus Mod Manager

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Today we are releasing some security updates for the Nexus Mod Manager to bring us in line with the new EU GDPR rules coming into force next month.

NMM has been "end-of-line" since 2016, which means we no longer provide any official support for the software, but we thought it was prudent to spend the time and money to release this update so our users could continue to use the software's online services while ensuring we're compliant with the new regulations. We also did not want people to think we were using the GDPR as an excuse to force people on to our new mod manager, Vortex, either. The alternative was to simply turn off the old services completely, essentially making NMM, and any other software using our old login services, offline only.

To prevent any drama with this process, we've even patched up version 0.52.3 of NMM (the last version before the profile functionality was added) so there are no complaints.

In order to be compliant, we need to turn off our old, less secure login to the web services completely. We plan to do this on Tuesday the 8th of May. This will mean anyone who does not update their NMM will no longer be able to use NMM online. This will prevent you from being able to login, check for new file versions or download mods from the site directly in to NMM. This will also affect any other software that uses the old login destination and method, for example, Mod Organizer. We do not officially support Mod Organizer, nor is it made, updated or maintained by us, so any updates needed to ensure it works with our new login service will need to be handled by the team behind Mod Organizer. If you are currently a coder with software making use of the old Nexus login system, please do get in contact via PM or Discord and I will put you through to the appropriate person to help you get on to the newer system as soon as possible.

For convenience, both updated versions of NMM can be found on a new file page setup to make this a little easier. Remember, download 0.65.0 if you are using a version of NMM that is 0.60.x or later. Download 0.52.4 if you are using version 0.52.3 of NMM.

Apologies for the inconvenience caused, but it's 8 year old code now and, at some point, this was going to happen!

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  1. SweMrB
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    My main problem with Vortex Is the size. I don't need a weird interface, and while 60MB isn't a large download, it is still 10 times that of NMM. Not to mention that the installed package is 230MB vs not even 30MB. Really?
    1. BlueFlamedLords
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      I mean if size of something so small is an issue, you may as well go all the way, and get a command line interface, instead of your graphical user interface as you don't "need a weird interface", so may as well go back to Windows 98.

      I look forward to hearing about the results of getting rid of your unnecessarily large file for your GUI and telling me how well a CLI goes. Much love. <3
  2. Jishkah
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    In response to post #61083792.


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    but do you mean to tell me that Nexus Mods doesn't currently have a fully-functional, "recommended", feature-complete mod manager at all?

    I think you might be confused, we've never had a fully-functional or feature-complete mod manager at Nexus Mods.

    The rest is a bit of a moot point because, frankly, we were under no obligation ("paying customer" or not) to try and patch up NMM to work within the bounds of the law, as we discontinued support for NMM years ago. It would have been far easier for us to simply turn off the NMM server, save a boatload of time and money, and simply tell people to install their mods via drag-and-drop in NMM until Vortex is ready. And frankly, nothing is stopping you from going back to an old "working" version of NMM if you don't approve of the latest version. All you'd need to change in your modding habits is to download mods manually and then drag and drop them into NMM.

    The pathetic vitriol shown by some elements of this community really isn't making me want to keep NMM services running for much longer.


    get your s*** together

    Mhmm. Pot, kettle.
     


    Nexus Mod Manager has always been in public beta, but it's always worked. Likewise, it has always been linked to on the front page - indicating that it's the "official" mod manager of Nexus Mods, albeit currently unsupported. Even though it hasn't had any major updates in quite some time, it was stable enough for general use, justifying its continued presence on the front page, and has remained so until only recently.
     
    Vortex is still in public alpha, and whilst it's considered to be the official mod manager of Nexus Mods by site staff, it's not yet recommended for general use. Which is okay; alpha is alpha. But I really do think that it's disingenuous to continue to have a currently non-functioning version of Nexus Mod Manager linked on the front page. If it's not officially supported, and currently has glaring bugs that prevents a wide assortment of crucial mods from being installed, why even link to it on the front page as a recommended mod manager to use? And that's ignoring the fact that there is no currently recommended replacement, should Nexus Mod Manager be dropped, entirely. That's where I'm coming from with my frustrations - the fact that we were at least left with a stable "default" before the GDPR patch was implemented, and now we have none - and have had none for quite some time.
     
    I appreciate the time being taken to continue to update Nexus Mod Manager, regardless, after being officially unsupported, but when the current version has glaring bugs that break crucial functionality that were introduced only recently and Vortex is still in an alpha state that isn't recommended for general use, that leaves the current state of things in a really frustrating place for me and many other users.
  3. Jishkah
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    The current "official" mod manager of Nexus Mods (y'know, the one that's advertised and linked to on the front page) is broken, and its replacement - Vortex - is currently in open alpha and not officially stable enough for general use. That leaves absolutely zero Nexus Mods-sponsored/developed mod managers in working, stable condition, and it's been left this way for almost two months.
     
    What the hell is going on?
     
    I know that there are replacements, such as Mod Organizer, Mod Organizer 2, Fallout Mod Manager, et cetera, but do you mean to tell me that Nexus Mods doesn't currently have a fully-functional, "recommended", feature-complete mod manager at all? Better yet, the version of Nexus Mod Manager being linked to on the front page before the GDPR patch was applied worked perfectly - which means that the GDPR patch (which, I assume, wouldn't have been what's causing all of these issues) was probably applied to a later internal version (or a version hosted on Github, at least) that was borked somewhere along the line. Why even do that? Why not just patch the existing linked version?
     
    I don't get it. Honestly, I use Nexus Mod Manager for convenience and ease of use. I could use Mod Organizer 2, but I don't want to take the time out of my day learning how to use something new when Nexus Mod Manager, for all intents and purposes, got the job done for me in the past with zero issues. I get that it's eventually going to be phased out in favor of Vortex, but until the little button on the top of the front page links to Vortex and not Nexus Mod Manager, that time hasn't yet officially come - so to leave it linked to, frankly, a broken version of Nexus Mod Manager is ridiculous, especially after having paid ~$67 for a premium pass to support the site and its services.
     
    As a (literal) paying customer, get your s*** together.
    1. Dark0ne
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      but do you mean to tell me that Nexus Mods doesn't currently have a fully-functional, "recommended", feature-complete mod manager at all?


      I think you might be confused, we've never had a fully-functional or feature-complete mod manager at Nexus Mods.

      The rest is a bit of a moot point because, frankly, we were under no obligation ("paying customer" or not) to try and patch up NMM to work within the bounds of the law, as we discontinued support for NMM years ago. It would have been far easier for us to simply turn off the NMM server, save a boatload of time and money, and simply tell people to install their mods via drag-and-drop in NMM until Vortex is ready. And frankly, nothing is stopping you from going back to an old "working" version of NMM if you don't approve of the latest version. All you'd need to change in your modding habits is to download mods manually and then drag and drop them into NMM.

      The pathetic vitriol shown by some elements of this community really isn't making me want to keep NMM services running for much longer.

      get your s*** together


      Mhmm. Pot, kettle.
  4. Cheshiremadcat
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    Just Fyi, I'm using FOMM to install the mods that NMM isn't. It's not very big and they still show up in NMM. It was what we used before NMM.
    https://www.nexusmods.com/newvegas/mods/54991
  5. GeneralJohn
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    Isn't this great, Vortex doesn't install some mods properly and NMM won't login 80% of the time and when it does, some mods throw an exception on install.

    Guess it's back to manually having to install mods.
  6. ThatSome
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    Well everyone the good old days of NMM are behind us now. 65.2 is a terrible update that won't install several mods and forces you to either manually install them or use something else. Even upgrading to 65.6 did not solve the issue. Maybe we will like vortex maybe we won't. Goodbye NMM, the many years you were there to install and organize my mods will forever live on in memories. I swear I hate change, and through experience it is mostly for the worse. We will see.
  7. John452
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    how do i upgrade from 63.14 it wont let me log in or update with update button?
  8. mejille
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    OH and by the way Vortex is not working very good yet. If a Mod has 3 main files that you to install, Vortex cannot decide the differance that all 3 belong together like FWE of fallout 3, Vortex gives the hot-patch a thumbs down, and a dismiss , bad script.. Just one mod of many that Vortex cannot recconize..
  9. mejille
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    My friend is a premium NMM member, and he did not even NO about Vortex until 2 days ago. Great communication there Nexus M M staff to the people who paid for this ..Sarcastic :
  10. mejille
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    Can anyone tell me why 65.2 Nexus Mod manager is not even downloading ANY Nexus MOD when I go to Mods for Skyrim and try to download any Mode, Like Unofficial Skyrim Legendary Edition Patch NMM does not work . No download what so-ever / - This rollout of Vortex reminds me of the Obama Care Puke Insurance roll out . it all Stinks.
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