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Artimidor Federkiel
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« on: May 23, 2013, 04:04:16 AM »

Hello folks!

I've been busy all day trying to get to the bottom of the hacking situation (especially now that Google has even blacklisted the site), and I hope that we've now found the cause of the trouble. Quite certainly it is the TinyPortal extension of the SMF board. TinyPortal e.g. displays the shoutbox to the left or the menus you can display or remove when clicking at the claws on top of the Forum. Anyway, TinyPortal isn't up to date on the RPG board due to the fact that the more recent version is completely different and would probably require a complete redesign of the whole thing. There's however a security hole in this old version, namely the so-called FCKeditor, which we never used and therefore could be safely removed from this board and the Dev Board. If this doesn't help we'll have to remove TinyPortal from the site entirely, but this should do the job. Let's hope and pray...

Note as well that the files the hackers modified are of course replaced by now, however Google blacklisted the RPG board - and in order to get it off that list a request needs to be filed. I've done so by now, but it can take a while till the warning disappears, also providing the measures were successful. I'll keep an eye on the situation.

I've also heard from the LegendFire Admin that the account that Krausus had on their site was removed from that site, because he posted a link to the Santharian RPG board somewhere and they thought that he wanted to intentionally spread malware. Methinks poor Krausus is entirely innocent here, so sorry about this - looks like the hackers made life a bit more difficult for him as well.

Anyway, let's see if we surive the next night without being hacked again...

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« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2013, 02:49:41 PM »

As you might have noticed: Google now also removed its warning after they've seen that we got rid of all compromised stuff, so the RPG board is once again up and running as it used to be :D The site was actually safe already for the past three days (only lacking the Google removal of the blacklist), so no further hacks to be expected. The security hole has been closed!  grin Hopefully forever...  Pet

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« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2013, 08:50:37 PM »

Thank you for everything, Art.  It is appreciated. Thumb up

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« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2013, 03:03:55 PM »

Thanks. Still haven't gotten my acct there back. But allis well   Thanks ARTI.

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