Mark Minasi's Tech Forum
Sign up Calendar Latest Topics
 
 
 


Reply
  Author   Comment  
nick

Avatar / Picture

Still Famous
Registered:
Posts: 91
Reply with quote  #1 
This forum title is missing the I in Anything [smile]
__________________
Nick Whittome | NTES Limited | Personal Blog | New to the forum? Read this
0
jsclmedave

Administrator
Registered:
Posts: 506
Reply with quote  #2 
Apologies' for stealing your thread Nick, I am still trying to locate where to start a new topics.  I "think" my work firewall is blocking some features.


#1 PowerShell Forum With Sub-Topics covering Azure, AD, Exchange, SQL, SharePoint (Ugh!), General.  Anything else Im missing please advise.

#2 Home Page - http://www.minasi.com/ - Link is pointing to Old location -

Our Free MR&D Online Technical Forum

http://www.minasi.com/forum/

Hi --

 

Mark here.

 

I'm sorry, but the Forum's down and probably will be for a while.

 

On 12 November, Willem emailed me, alerting me to the fact that someone had messed up the forum, and indeed it was true -- junk postings, and clicking on a link returned ASP errors. Good news: nobody got anything. Bad news: it's clearly a very, very bad idea to start up the Forum software again.

 

Snitz, the software that has powered our forum since 2002, isn't really maintained and hasn't been for a long time. I've worried that someone would find a "kill" vulnerability and I guess someone did. We've been putting off migrating to something else because we couldn't really find a good alternative that (1) didn't cost a pile of money, (2) gave us the guarantees that we wanted to decamp if we needed to, and (3) could migrate the 12 years of forum traffic we have.

 

After consulting with a few members, I decided to take down the Web server until I could actually get home, disconnect the thing from the Web and spend a day looking at the logs to see if (1) someone got to the database (which would be bad because of the names and passwords in it) and/or (2) that person tried to move to another part of the server. As I said, the answer to both of those questions was "no," but until I can understand 100 percent of the Snitz vulnerability, I really feel that turning the Snitz software back on would be criminally stupid and negligent. (I mean, I HOPE you guys don't use the same user name and password here that you do at your bank, but... :-)

 

When I have time, I think a day's hacking around with the Snitz code will allow me to run the forum in a mode that (a) does not accept registrations, (b) runs with just one or two accounts, and (c) runs in read-only mode. That'd allow me to delete the user database altogether and hey, if the hacker wants to steal our 12 years of conversation, the slime is welcome to it. Then we can get moving on finding a new home.

 

You all know where to find me, so drop me a line if you'd like to know more or offer suggestions. (If there's an ASP expert out there who'd like to do the evisceration of the Snitz code, I'd be grateful.) Thanks for your patience and support!

 

Mark Minasi

 


__________________
Tim Bolton @jsclmedave
Email: [string](0..20|%{[char][int](32+('527377347976847978324785847679797514357977').substring(($_*2),2))}) -replace ' '  

New to the forum? Please Read this
0
nick

Avatar / Picture

Still Famous
Registered:
Posts: 91
Reply with quote  #3 
Capture.JPG 
Top right for the new and reply tools.


__________________
Nick Whittome | NTES Limited | Personal Blog | New to the forum? Read this
0
Mark Minasi

Avatar / Picture

Humble Proprietor
Registered:
Posts: 175
Reply with quote  #4 
Tim, I'll be working on my home page when I have time.  Gotta be moved on 15 January.  [smile]
0
jsclmedave

Administrator
Registered:
Posts: 506
Reply with quote  #5 
Just making a list Mark.  Do not envy moving at all... 
__________________
Tim Bolton @jsclmedave
Email: [string](0..20|%{[char][int](32+('527377347976847978324785847679797514357977').substring(($_*2),2))}) -replace ' '  

New to the forum? Please Read this
0
Mark Minasi

Avatar / Picture

Humble Proprietor
Registered:
Posts: 175
Reply with quote  #6 
Fixed.  Forum links should work well now.  I've put up a new page at http://www.minasi.com/forum directing people here.
0
Previous Topic | Next Topic
Print
Reply

Quick Navigation:

Easily create a Forum Website with Website Toolbox.