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Shiz
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2005 11:43 am    Post subject: Forum problems 25th April Reply with quote

Don't know if anyone else has had any issues today?

Tried to access PT at noon and couldn't get to it at all - a screen of error messages came up but I thought it was our firewall and ignored it.

Half an hour later I tried again and got the PT home page but when I clicked on the forum I got a blank screen only, and the page header said 'Defaced'.

(Also I notice T22's posts are all showing up as posted by 'Guest')

Access seems okay now, but I know there have been worms and viruses targeting bulletin boards in the past. Fingers crossed all ok?

SHiz
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2005 11:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thumbs up Good to see all is working again.
I hope all is okay.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2005 11:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hope you have the IP address of the bas%^rd who sent the phpBB worm. In the meantime it may be worth updating phpBB whenever a patch becomes available. This is not the first time ive seen phpBB become defaced due to a security flaw or buffer overrun.

Thanks for getting it back online quickly... Thumbs up
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2005 11:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are still some issues (e.g. T22's posts still showing as guest!) but we'll work to resolve those as soon as possible. If anyone is having trouble logging in or experiencing problems elsewhere, please email me at d.a.edwards@ntlworld.com.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2005 1:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Googling the message which appeared, showed quite a few hits - all victims of the same &"$%@, and all forums - many of which are still unfixed months later!

Maximum credit has to go to the Admin's here for getting this site up and running again with the minimum of delay - and also for putting up an intermediate message (something which a certain other site took weeks to do!)

Still, there's nothing like a dose of deprivation (however brief) to gets us all pondering what would fill the void between waking and sleeping (apart from pretending to work!) should this site disappear permanently Surprised

... perhaps now would be a good time to remember the DONATE link on the home page !

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2005 1:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My advice would be to upgrade to phpBB 2.0.14 as soon as it is convenient, as the last few versions contain a couple of critical fixes Wink It seems 2.0.11 (what is used here) is vunerable to attack
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2005 1:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SparkPlug wrote:
Googling the message which appeared, showed quite a few hits - all victims of the same &"$%@, and all forums - many of which are still unfixed months later!

Been googling the same thing as you did.
Depressing to see how many were attacked by this very sick *thing*. Sad
It doesn't deserve to be called a human being Mad

SparkPlug wrote:
Maximum credit has to go to the Admin's here for getting this site up and running again with the minimum of delay - and also for putting up an intermediate message (something which a certain other site took weeks to do!)

Yes, very impressive they got it all back that quick!! *Standing Ovation* Thumbs up

SparkPlug wrote:
Still, there's nothing like a dose of deprivation (however brief) to gets us all pondering what would fill the void between waking and sleeping (apart from pretending to work!) should this site disappear permanently Surprised

Surprised Surprised I hate nightmares Crying or Very sad

SparkPlug wrote:
... perhaps now would be a good time to remember the DONATE link on the home page !
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Thumbs up Thumbs up

I hope T22's account will be okay again soon.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2005 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm going to be updating the site to the latest software in the next few minutes, so if things stop working briefly don't panic!!!!!!

Normal service will be resumed shortly. Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2005 9:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The updates have been applied. As before, please let me know if you experience any problems.

Now I think I might go Asleep ...

...or perhaps just Coffee
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2005 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Coffee then Idea

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(well done on the smooth transition btw)
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2005 10:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad to see it back in action, I had just finished reading Welcome to the hotel Puzzletomeia, when it happened, and I have been humming it all night.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2005 1:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice one keeping it all going guys. Thumbs up

Does make you feel Surprised Ill at the thought of PT just disappearing though - not just the puzzles but the other site members too.

Hope you all know your company is appreciated!
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