INFO: Some download passwords are broken now
Posted By : Bully | Date : 29 Sep 2008 23:59:00 | Comments : 22 |
As many of you know, we struggle hard to bring AvaxHome back to full life. On that sad day we did not only lose all servers etc, we also lost the perhaps most important member of our team, the person who worked very hard in the background taking care for our server network, taking care for software testing and updating etc. I more and more notice how impossible it is to replace him.
But life must go on and AvaxHome back to full service, so we added some new man-"power".While the start of the new AvaxHome 7 weeks ago did look very promising, it more and more changed to a bad nightmare. So far all "imporvemnts" and new bugs were only done to to code of the AH engine and the server config, but meanwhile even our database is no longer safe against such quick hacks without using the brain.
To make it short: One of our script kiddies had the great idea to fix the no longer working links to avaxsphere.com (like in links to blogs or to other publications). By itself no bad idea. The problem was HOW this fix was done. Instead switching on the brain first and thinking HOW to fetch the right places where such changes should be done (inside real LINKS!), our script kiddie did it as wrong as it could be done - he did a global text replace over the full database.
... SET `text` = REPLACE (`text`, 'avaxsphere.com', 'avaxhome.ws');
And this was done to both parts of a publication and even to all comments ....
OK, partial we are lucky. Our script kiddie was not aware that the simpole way he did this shit, it was of course CASE SENSITIVE :-))
So every "avaxsphere.com" written like "Avaxsphere.com" etc. is still unchanged.
For ALL users:
If you read anywhere in a comment things about avaxhome.ws which make no sense at all, please read it as avaxsphere.com and it makes sense.
If you downloaded a file and cannot unpack it:
If the upload was done BEFORE August 2008 (birth of the avaxhome.ws domain) you need to change the password back to its original style.
Wrong: Password: avaxhome.ws
Correct: Password: avaxsphere.com
Wrong: Password: www.avaxhome.ws
Correct: Password: www.avaxsphere.com
Wrong: PW: I_love_avaxhome.ws
Correct: PW: I_love_avaxsphere.com
and so on. If you have problems with that, please send a mail to "-=Pasha13=-" - he will do his best to help you.
If you followed our suggestion (FAQ) to use "www.AvaxHome.ru" -or-
If you never used avaxsphere.com as (or as part of) a password:
Great! You can relax and need to do nothing to older publications. No need to read further.
Sorry friends, we need your help. I was not even informed about this masterpiece of SQL coding, now it is much to late to go back to a backup before this trash was done.
1. You need first to remember which publications you had with a password including avaxsphere.com.
There is NO way to use our search engine to make this easier for you, because your user name is NOT stored in the data indexed by our search engine.
Best solution is to click on "My news" and browse all your publications.
2. For each fitting publication you need to click on EDIT button, locate the wrong done changes to "avaxhome.ws" and manually correct them. Now click on SAVE to send your publication back ... to our mods.
3- Please be PATIENT. At same moment you save a confirmed publication again, it will be automatically removed from all public AH pages. It is added to the waiting line of our moderators. And there it will stay until one of our mods find time to handle it. Depending how busy or motivated they are, this can take "a bit" time. Or "a bit" more time :-) Please keep this in mind and do not send us mails like "Where is my publication xxx?".
Again: Sorry for these new troubles.
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