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).
The MSN Chat Admin client, which was leaked by a MSN Chat administrator and quickly found its way all over the internet, was known to use the NTLM protocol, and bears many similarities to the Microsoft Comic Chat client. MSN Chat had the following user levels: Staff: There are many chat networks attempting to simulate the service that was provided by the Microsoft Network, which use the "MSN Chat Control".
In addition, some of the clones have begun to charge, or allow for donations.The legality of sites offering the MSN Chat Control has been in question for some time due to many "Clone Sites" hosting the Chat Control.Little is known about the role of NTLM authentication on MSN Chat.It was widely believed that it was only used by MSN Chat staff to authenticate, and that they authenticated through Microsoft's Active Directory, either because they were connected directly to Microsoft's network, or because they were connecting via a virtual private network (VPN).There is speculation that these chat networks may have pulled potential subscribers away from MSN Chat, ultimately bringing on the demise of MSN Subscription Chat Services.
While the majority of MSN Clone Chat sites are free, most of them rely on adverts to provide a small income.Active X, being a Microsoft technology provided limited compatibility for other products.The other major platforms beside Internet Explorer that MSN Chat was supported on, was Netscape Navigator and MSNTV (formerly known as Web TV).If the control was instructed to connect to any address other than the server, it would not match the server's hash and thus authentication would fail.A few later third party clients could authenticate without the control and were adjusted to compensate for this change.These simulation chat networks are often referred to as "MSN Chat Clones".