Category Archives: Administrivia

Sorry

This morning I updated the .htacess file for Irreal in my seemingly never ending efforts to get spam under control. Sadly, while editing the file I hit 【Shift+x o】instead of【Ctrl+x o】and ended up blocking the site. If you tried and … Continue reading

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Comments

The spammers are hammering on the Irreal site again trying to post spam in the comments. They aren't getting through but they are consuming resources to the point that my hosting provider is complaining. Therefore, rather than risk having the … Continue reading

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Comments Reenabled

I've updated everything and turned comments back on. As far as I can tell, everything is working correctly. If you have any problems and can't leave a comment, email me at jcs at the domain of the blog. While the … Continue reading

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Comment Problems

Yesterday, a couple of readers emailed me that they were unable to post comments. When I tried to comment as someone other than me I had the same problem. After a little investigation I discovered that the problem involved the … Continue reading

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Comments Temporarily Turned Off

I'm temporarily turning off comments. I'll explain further tomorrow and, with any luck, have them turned back on by the end of Friday. Until then, please bear with me.

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Outage Status

I still can't reach the administrative page so I assume the WordPress attacks are ongoing. That's annoying but at least I've figured out how to push new posts. That still leaves those comments stuck in moderation, of course, but all … Continue reading

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Still More Information on the Outage

Here's another article on the ongoing attack on WordPress sites that helps explain what's going on. From the description of the attack, I think Irreal is pretty safe since we don't use stupid passwords but who knows. When all this … Continue reading

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Outage

I am unable to reach the administrative panel of Irreal to release today's blog. Technical support reports that they are undergoing a DOS attack that (somehow) only affects administrative logins. I'm going to try pushing today's post again. If you … Continue reading

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Scheduled Outage

Irreal's hosting provider has notified me that the site will be down for scheduled maintenance on August 4th, from 12:01am to 4:00am EDT (UTC-0400).

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Malware Free

I spent most of the day yesterday going over the entire site looking for malware. I made a local copy of irreal.org and grepped for the signatures that I discussed in my Anatomy of an Exploit post. I didn't find … Continue reading

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