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Aaron Cake
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Canada
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Posted - Aug 16 2009 :  10:48:43 AM  Show Profile  Visit Aaron Cake's Homepage  Send Aaron Cake an ICQ Message  Send Aaron Cake a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Those visiting the forum over the past day probably noticed something odd; all the posts were gone. I discovered this Sunday morning. Oddly, the database had doubled in size sometime on Saturday and all the topics were gone. I don't quite know what happened. It was either a software glitch or someone has found a vulnerability in Snitz forums (likely SQL injection) and used it do "DELETE * FROM TOPICS" as a joke.

I'm going to check the Snitz site for any security issues that may be unpatched. Additionally I will be going through the logfiles to try and determine exactly what/when this happened.

I think it's good practice to change your password. The passwords are encrypted and only a hash stored in the database so there is no danger of your password being exposed, but it is good practice anyway to change it after something like this.

wasssup1990
Nobel Prize Winner

A Land Down Under
2261 Posts

Posted - Aug 16 2009 :  10:55:41 AM  Show Profile  Visit wasssup1990's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Yeah I noticed that. I made a topic and then it vanished. I changed my password immediately.

I'm making my own website right now and I'm looking at, and debugging the source code of this website to see how it works.

Not much to show right now other than some fancy javascript magic that I've done.
http://cyberdyne.vndv.com/

Hover your mouse over the left and right cells at the bottom of the page.




P.S.
Oh and by the way, I didn't screw with your website Aaron.

When one person suffers from a delusion it is called insanity.
When many people suffer from a delusion it is called religion.

Edited by - wasssup1990 on Aug 16 2009 10:59:01 AM
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Aaron Cake
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Canada
6706 Posts

Posted - Aug 19 2009 :  10:20:34 AM  Show Profile  Visit Aaron Cake's Homepage  Send Aaron Cake an ICQ Message  Send Aaron Cake a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
I don't know what caused the problem. As far as I can tell, it was a software glitch on the forum. Something got stuck in an infinite loop which hosed the database (and made hundreds of thousands of posts).
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wasssup1990
Nobel Prize Winner

A Land Down Under
2261 Posts

Posted - Aug 19 2009 :  11:16:24 PM  Show Profile  Visit wasssup1990's Homepage  Reply with Quote
What are the chances of that happening? I don't think it has happened since I've been on this forum. Could be a corrupt code segment or corrupt memory or someone produced an EMP. That last one is very likely. I remember when I was doing a high power (very dangerous) experiment and my computer hard drives reset, the mouse went berserk, strange sounds from the speakers and eventually my computer reset.

When one person suffers from a delusion it is called insanity.
When many people suffer from a delusion it is called religion.
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Aaron Cake
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Canada
6706 Posts

Posted - Aug 20 2009 :  09:15:10 AM  Show Profile  Visit Aaron Cake's Homepage  Send Aaron Cake an ICQ Message  Send Aaron Cake a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
I wouldn't discount EMP. In my shop, the Bluetooth adapter on the PC would reset every time I started TIG welding. It was a real pain in the butt. I replaced the adapter (which was only used to stream music) with a Blackberry Bluetooth Audio Gateway and the problem went away. But the monitor still acts funny anytime the welder is in use.

The chances of the DB becoming corrupt are pretty small. This is the first time it has ever happened spontaneously. The losses from a total DB failure would be minimal. The forum DB is separate from the site's main DB and both are backed up every day to tape.
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wasssup1990
Nobel Prize Winner

A Land Down Under
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Posted - Aug 20 2009 :  10:14:52 AM  Show Profile  Visit wasssup1990's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Ok that's good. You have a good setup Aaron.

When one person suffers from a delusion it is called insanity.
When many people suffer from a delusion it is called religion.
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