[clug-talk] Website off-line? - Fixed I think

Tom Weniger trweniger at gmail.com
Sat Jun 9 13:58:59 PDT 2007


On 6/9/07, bogi <khangyi at shaw.ca> wrote:
> Yep, it should be up and running now, the main thing is to get it updated to
> the latest version, and maybe withing the framework of a workshop. I was
> talking to the helpdesk of hosting company canadianwebhosting.com and was
> told we are still running on an old configuration server, php 4.4.x and mysql
> 4 , and if we upgrade we would, i think be able to move / they can upgrade
> the server to php 5 and mysql 5 ... needless to say, a newer version of
> drupal.
> Cheers
> Szemir
>
>
> On June 9, 2007 14:05, sgrover wrote:
> > I *think* it's fixed.  It's working for me at least.
> >
> > It would appear an attempt to insert non-printing characters into a node
> > that didn't exist (clug.ca/node/node/node/node/...n^x.../node/node/).
> > This resulted in a messed up situation, that should have been a one
> > off...  But we have page cacheing turned on, so the messed up bit was
> > cached.  As soon as I disabled caching things started working fine again
> > (for me).
> >
> > I see Szemir is claiming to have fixed it, maybe so, but I think we were
> > both working on it at the same time.. :)
> >
> > Mitchel,
> > You missed the point.  Drupal is NOT the problem.  Your opinion of
> > Drupal is based on a version that is 2 years out of date (Clug's site).
> >   I guess you could have some experience with other Drupal sites from a
> > management perspective, but you haven't given me that impression (yet).. :)
> >
> > This is a case of known PHP and Drupal bugs, which were fixed in a
> > timely manner, but not applied to the CLUG site.  So hackers and
> > spammers were having fun trying things out.  It speaks volumes in favor
> > of Drupal that even in this situation our site was not defaced, and it
> > kept working just fine until a caching problem came up - even then, it
> > was just a reported error, rather than something worse...
> >
> > Shawn
> >
> > Mitchell Brown wrote:
> > > Thanks Shawn. As I think many will agree - the site needs a complete
> > > overhaul. Personally, you wouldn't get any complaints from me if we were
> > > to completely drop Drupal altogether =/ But thats just mho.
> > >
> > > On 6/9/07, *sgrover* <sgrover at open2space.com
> > > <mailto:sgrover at open2space.com>> wrote:
> > >
> > >     Here's the short of it.  The site is borked, kinda.
> > >
> > >     If you get prompted with an "Access Denied" message, within the CLUG
> > >     theme (i.e. you can see the logo), then you can log in and everything
> > >     will be fine (granted you have a login account).
> > >
> > >     If you get a message about a duplicate entry in the sessions table,
> > >     close your browser and try again - this *should* get you into the
> > > state described above.  Failing that, try a different browser.
> > >
> > >     Somehow, something has changed to deny access to the general public.
> > >     I've checked the access controls, and these are set right.  I'm
> > >     examining the drupal logs right now to see if I can figure out what
> > >     triggered this (and therefore hopefully how to fix it).
> > >
> > >     My knee-jerk reaction was to clear the sessions table - it shouldn't
> > > be critical.  So I did a backup first (after getting the passwords), and
> > > wiped the table.  No Joy.  So there is something else going on.
> > >
> > >     This is a Drupal problem.  Our host cannot be expected to fix this.
> > > But this is not really a Drupal bug either.  The version of Drupal in use
> > > for Clug is now 2 years old, and the spammers/hackers have been taking
> > > advantage of that...
> > >
> > >     My goals:
> > >     - short term fix to get the site quasi accessible.  At least with the
> > >     Installfest notice up.  I'll have this part resolved in the next
> > > hour. (worse case, I put up a static HTML page...)
> > >     - Fix the current site, if possible.
> > >     - Failing that, remove the current files/database from our host.
> > > I've mirrored the files and database to my local server and have it
> > > operational there...  Then put up a cut down/basic version of the site.
> > >
> > >     I've already talked to Kin about a Drupal workshop.  The idea being
> > > a) provide the details to build a business/personal/group site, and b)
> > > get a couple more folks in CLUG to know how to work with Drupal, so they
> > > can help with the CLUG website.. hint, hint, nudge, nudge.. :)
> > >
> > >     I'll have something done in the next hour.  I'll have a more
> > > permanent solution (fixed site/new site) by this time tomorrow.
> > >
> > >     Shawn
> > >
> > >     Kin Wong wrote:
> > >      > Does anyone know who is hosting and how to contact them?  I have
> > >
> > >     a call into Dave but cell phone not currently on.  Shawn actually
> > >     told me about it this afternoon, but he does not have the database
> > >     password.
> > >
> > >      > ----- Original Message -----
> > >      > From: "Hendrik Schaink" <hschaink at infovisi.com
> > >
> > >     <mailto:hschaink at infovisi.com>>
> > >
> > >      > To: "CLUG General" < clug-talk at clug.ca <mailto:clug-talk at clug.ca>>
> > >      > Sent: Friday, June 8, 2007 5:51:55 PM (GMT-0700) America/Chihuahua
> > >      > Subject: [clug-talk] Website off-line?
> > >      >
> > >      > I received this message when trying to access www.clug.ca/events
> > >
> > >     <http://www.clug.ca/events>
> > >
> > >      > Fatal error: Duplicate entry '86ff3ce701e2e701215af86db98397fd'
> > >
> > >     for key
> > >
> > >      > 1 query: INSERT INTO sessions (sid, uid, hostname, timestamp)
> > >      > VALUES ('86ff3ce701e2e701215af86db98397fd', 0, ' 68.147.200.196
> > >
> > >     <http://68.147.200.196>', 1181346431) in
> > >
> > >      > /home/clug/public_html/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 66
> > >      >
> > >      > Also, trying to access www.clug.ca <http://www.clug.ca> comes
> > >
> > >     results in in a partial page
> > >
> > >      > indicating "Access denied" - "You are not authorized to access
> > >
> > >     this page."
> > >
> > >      > Hendrik Schaink
> > >      >
Greetings,

I like the idea of holding a workshop to upgrade the website. It would
give me the confidence to volunteer and maintain the site.

-- 
Virtually,
Tom W



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