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Postby Tomo » Thu Dec 17, 2009 12:58 pm



kolm wrote:SQL injection, XSS, remote code execution, DoS, making yourself admin, etc etc

Indeed. The Bugtraq full disclosure database lists a large number of vulnerabilities for previous versions of pbpBB. If someone decided to get in, they could make a complete mess of Talk Magic without too much difficulty.

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Postby Ant » Thu Dec 17, 2009 1:55 pm

Tomo wrote:
kolm wrote:SQL injection, XSS, remote code execution, DoS, making yourself admin, etc etc

Indeed. The Bugtraq full disclosure database lists a large number of vulnerabilities for previous versions of pbpBB. If someone decided to get in, they could make a complete mess of Talk Magic without too much difficulty.


On that note, it is always advisable to have a different password for the email account you are registered with to the one you use for any messageboard. Also include facebook, twitter etc. if you have details of those on your profile.

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Postby kolm » Sun Sep 12, 2010 12:45 am

Can I drag up this thread again and plead once more that TM gets upgraded?
I'm seeing a lot of slow response times (or even no response at all) which from personal experience is down to one of two things:
- Server host problems
- Bad coding, normally related to some seriously bad database queries

But giving the benefit of doubt, while I was waiting for a thread to load I pinged talkmagic.co.uk and got the following response:

PING talkmagic.co.uk (78.31.111.13): 56 data bytes
64 bytes from 78.31.111.13: icmp_seq=0 ttl=51 time=24.615 ms
64 bytes from 78.31.111.13: icmp_seq=1 ttl=51 time=24.591 ms
64 bytes from 78.31.111.13: icmp_seq=2 ttl=51 time=25.964 ms
64 bytes from 78.31.111.13: icmp_seq=3 ttl=51 time=24.728 ms

24.9 milliseconds average. Let's compare it to another big site... say, Google. Now apparently faster than you can type:

PING google.com (173.194.36.104): 56 data bytes
64 bytes from 173.194.36.104: icmp_seq=0 ttl=52 time=22.769 ms
64 bytes from 173.194.36.104: icmp_seq=1 ttl=52 time=22.327 ms
64 bytes from 173.194.36.104: icmp_seq=2 ttl=52 time=23.023 ms
64 bytes from 173.194.36.104: icmp_seq=3 ttl=52 time=23.008 ms

22.7 milliseconds, average

So... what does all this techno babble mean? It means, that using my totally unscientific tests, Google is only 2.2ms quicker in responding to page requests than talkmagic. Yet it took me ages for the site to send me my page? What gives?

The web server gives. The web server has to get the request and then respond to it. This means the web server has to get the code, run it, and send it back to the user. As I said, unless there are server blips happening (you might want to contact your host), this is usually down to badly thought out code

So please.. can talkmagic be upgraded?

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Postby Mandrake » Sun Sep 12, 2010 9:27 am

TM was moved to a different server a couple of weeks ago, as for the version of phpBB in use - that's in the hands of the Forum Owner.

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Postby kolm » Fri Oct 29, 2010 12:27 am

Obviously said server move made absolutely no effect

Only five minutes ago the server was totally unresponsive - downforeveryoneorjustme.com confirmed so.

Pinging your IP showed up:
PING talkmagic.co.uk (78.31.111.13): 56 data bytes
64 bytes from 78.31.111.13: icmp_seq=0 ttl=51 time=31.242 ms
64 bytes from 78.31.111.13: icmp_seq=1 ttl=51 time=31.777 ms
64 bytes from 78.31.111.13: icmp_seq=2 ttl=51 time=31.624 ms
64 bytes from 78.31.111.13: icmp_seq=3 ttl=51 time=31.393 ms
64 bytes from 78.31.111.13: icmp_seq=4 ttl=51 time=31.193 ms
64 bytes from 78.31.111.13: icmp_seq=5 ttl=51 time=31.469 ms
64 bytes from 78.31.111.13: icmp_seq=6 ttl=51 time=32.318 ms

So the server worked. A traceroute went all the way to fw-tv2.memset.net (a whois on 78.31.111.13 - your ip - confirmed these were your host) so your host is absolutely fine

But what happens if we try to connect to your web server?
$ telnet talkmagic.co.uk 80
Trying 78.31.111.13...
^C

No response

There is absolutely nothing wrong with your host, or the route to your host. Can you please stop wasting time moving host and upgrade your software please?

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Postby Mandrake » Fri Oct 29, 2010 6:13 pm

As mentioned beore, such matters are purely in the hands of the forum owner who changes servers as and when required but also takes into account his other business interests. We 'umble Mods have nowt to do with any of this!

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Postby kolm » Fri Oct 29, 2010 8:35 pm

Sure, I know you can't do anything. I'm hoping that the forum owners pop along and see my many requests!

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Postby Mandrake » Fri Oct 29, 2010 9:13 pm

We always pass them on!

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Postby kolm » Sun Nov 14, 2010 1:32 am

Are your hosts doing anything between 12 and 1am daily, by any chance?

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Postby Mandrake » Mon Nov 15, 2010 10:46 am

Quite probably, I believe the same servers are used for other commercial activities in addition to TM.

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