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Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Off Topic: Comments and Forums

So, I just got back from my honeymoon and discovered that not only did we have one of our cars towed, but someone decided to "hack" my forums.

I'm in the process of trying to catch up on work, so this forums problem isn't going to be fixed for a little while.

Since both the comment engine and the forums are based on phpbb, and someone exploited a hole in phpbb, I've been forced to shut down both for the time being in order to preserve the rest of the website.

I do have the info backed up, but there's no point bringing them back online until I get a chance to update the forums with the appropriate patches. If anyone would like to point me in the right direction, feel free to e-mail me at but I may not be able to respond immediately due to my work situation and general lack of free time.

posted by Michael Chu @ 6/21/2005 01:42:00 PM   11 comments
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At 8:46 PM, Anonymous said...

Well, that sucks. But congratulations on your marriage, and my this be the worst thing that ever befalls you!

At 9:15 AM, Hazrul said...

phpbb does have a loophole. i'm not sure of any patches available for this. I run a web hosting business and i do feel well qualified with this subject. My recommendation would be to port over to a more secure forum system. I recommend invision board.

At 1:27 PM, Anonymous said...

A engineer nerd like you having sex? Rock On~!

At 6:18 PM, drbiggles said...

He never mentioned he had sex, just a honeymoon.
He'll pull it together, this happens from time to time. Which is one of the many reasons I don't have a forum. No time to take care of business.
I just had a slice of bacon.


At 8:47 PM, thekua said...

I don't know if you have upgraded to the latest phpBB, but if you want someone to tell you how to fix it, it would certainly help to say what version you are currently on and what exploit was used.

At 5:54 AM, Anonymous said...

Just got married? Congratz! I just celebrated my 1 year aniversary.

The Hermit

At 8:27 AM, Anonymous said...

Hi Michael, sorry to hear about the troubles. I just wanted to let you know that your website is very appreciated, despite what people who do such things make it seem.

And congrats on the marriage!

At 11:09 PM, Anonymous said...

Hey, Congradulations on your marrage. I hope that you and your new spouse live long and happy lives together. (Remember to always put the seat down, chicks like that, or so I hear :) )

At 3:13 PM, Tracy said...


At 12:56 PM, Jess said...

Gawd that's frustrating. Why do people have to be such colossal jerks???

Congrats on your nuptials. Hope you're as happy as my hubby and I are.

At 8:45 AM, Anonymous said...

kind of off topic, but does anyone know of a good recipie for licorice??


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