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Spam user abuse and forum style issues currently under review

Post by AMG » Wed 31 Jan, 2018 12:58 pm

Dear Users,

On 26th January, we had an inordinate amount of spam registrations that bypassed the quite robust registration mechanism.
A security flaw was found by the software developers and patch was implemented in the small hours of the 27th our time.

However, since the software update, an issue occurred within the last 48 hrs whereby the server load caused our host to take the account offline, as the load was deemed severe.

While trying to sort out this debacle, the software dev team analysed the data and it was determined there were no issues with security flaws on ozbenz, nor were there compromised data. The server load issue was not quantified by the host, despite our extensive requests to provide information.

What does this all mean?

Essentially, not a lot for end users. Other than the consequence of all this stuffing around, we have had intermittent page loading issues, so while it's being worked on, we have lost our default style for the moment. During the software patch, it seems some of the style settings were corrupted, and we have so far not been able to locate the culprit.

We're reloading the ozbenz style defaults, which requires a lot of time and this will be done as soon as practicable. Erstwhile, everyone will just have to put up with this blue thing until we can sort out the user style options and ensure the pages reliably render the exact way every time.

Please accept our sincerest apologies while we return everything to normal.

Note: If there have been legitimate user registrations which have been deleted during the last 72 hours, it is simply because the host has isolated all of the IP address ranges from where the source of spam registrations have come. Since some of these addresses *may* have been via proxy IP, some users will not be able to register correctly, in which case we urge you to email the administrator with your details.

Thank-you.
Admin.
Current:
1987 560SL 4sp. auto Signalrot "Stella"
1987 190E 2.3-16 5sp. man. Blauschwarz "Hermann"
1992 300CE-24 6sp. man. Perlblau / Iceblau "Gretel"
1992 Range Rover Classic 4sp auto Ardennes Green "Oswald"
2012 E63 AMG Speedshift MCT Diamantweiß "Klaus"
Previous:
1986 560SEL Anthracitgrau "Schultz" - In Mercedes Heaven
1987 190E 2.6 4sp. auto Signalrot "Sabine" - which now resides/owns Andrew M's Garage
1972 350SLC Astralsilber "Lurch" - now in the loving care of Craig B
1989 2.5-16 Blauschwarz 4sp. auto (parted) formerly owned by Derek/Hasan.
2012 Renault Sport Megane RS265 Trophy 8:08 6 sp. man. Liquid Yellow "Jean Rédélé"

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Re: Spam user abuse and forum style issues currently under review

Post by Bartman4800 » Wed 31 Jan, 2018 1:29 pm

Thanks guys for all your hard work!
1963 220 Sb Sedan "Kermit" (Australian Assembly)
1960 220 Sb Sedan "Zum Schlachten" (Early German Assembly, with a torsion bar spring for the bonnet) - Stored in Country WA
1981 Subaru Brumby 1.8 with Weber and 5-speed box "little utie" - Sold to another enthusiast!
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2002 VW Passat V6 30V Station Wagon (SOLD - This car into a money pit)
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Post by gazman » Wed 31 Jan, 2018 4:05 pm

Again Thank you. I and I'm sure all others thank you as well :wav:
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Re: Spam user abuse and forum style issues currently under review

Post by KimB » Wed 31 Jan, 2018 4:11 pm

Thanks to all the admin folks!
Without you there would be no Forum!
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Re: Spam user abuse and forum style issues currently under review

Post by T-Modell » Wed 31 Jan, 2018 6:06 pm

AMG wrote:
Wed 31 Jan, 2018 12:58 pm
...
Please accept our sincerest apologies while we return everything to normal....
Hey Joe,

you guys rip your (enter word of your choice) off to run this forum, so I don't think there's anything to apologise. Here in a German forum, there's also massive problems with spam at the moment, so I guess it's a global problem.

Thanks for all your work to provide the best forum!
Thomas
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1967 W111 250SE Cabriolet, horizon blue
1973 W115 220D 5.0 Pick-Up Argentina, work in progress 2017/18/19
1986 R107 500SL, arctic white, the midlife crisis viagra replacement
2007 R171 SLK350, calcit white
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Re: Spam user abuse and forum style issues currently under review

Post by tsharkey » Wed 31 Jan, 2018 8:43 pm

Thanks Joe,
No apology needed and thanks for keeping this site running. Spam and fake registrations... The bane of a free and unfettered internet - From OzBenz to US Elections .... I wonder what outcome they would want to influence here ?

Tim/
W123 1981 300TD - Family Kid mover
W202 1998 C250D Factory OM605A Turbo - Partner's daily driver
W123 1982 300CD Retro fitted OM617A Turbo - Mine
W123 1984 300TD 5 Speed Manual, to teach the kids how to drive
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Re: Spam user abuse and forum style issues currently under review

Post by cuisses » Wed 31 Jan, 2018 9:11 pm

tsharkey wrote:
Wed 31 Jan, 2018 8:43 pm
Thanks Joe,
No apology needed and thanks for keeping this site running. Spam and fake registrations... The bane of a free and unfettered internet - From OzBenz to US Elections .... I wonder what outcome they would want to influence here ?

Tim/
I suspect a conspiracy of W113/W126/W123/W111/W116/W100 ... nutters trying to knock the W108 from its position as the best Benz ever made ... :snooty:
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Re: Spam user abuse and forum style issues currently under review

Post by AMG » Sun 04 Feb, 2018 1:17 pm

The styles have been returned as of a few days ago - except for the really dark one, which requires some modification as the style package isn't updated yet.
For now users can access the default and the blue style in the board preferences of the user control panel.
I'll update the dark colour options when the update package for them becomes available.

Spam registrations have dropped, so we're a little less 'taxed' than the last couple of weeks.
Current:
1987 560SL 4sp. auto Signalrot "Stella"
1987 190E 2.3-16 5sp. man. Blauschwarz "Hermann"
1992 300CE-24 6sp. man. Perlblau / Iceblau "Gretel"
1992 Range Rover Classic 4sp auto Ardennes Green "Oswald"
2012 E63 AMG Speedshift MCT Diamantweiß "Klaus"
Previous:
1986 560SEL Anthracitgrau "Schultz" - In Mercedes Heaven
1987 190E 2.6 4sp. auto Signalrot "Sabine" - which now resides/owns Andrew M's Garage
1972 350SLC Astralsilber "Lurch" - now in the loving care of Craig B
1989 2.5-16 Blauschwarz 4sp. auto (parted) formerly owned by Derek/Hasan.
2012 Renault Sport Megane RS265 Trophy 8:08 6 sp. man. Liquid Yellow "Jean Rédélé"

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Re: Spam user abuse and forum style issues currently under review

Post by AMG » Mon 12 Mar, 2018 8:14 pm

Apologies to all and sundry for the outage today - the Host offlined us again due to a load issue.

It's very difficult to deal with ignorant asshat sysadmins when they offline a site then do not provide any log data to backup their statement.

We will be moving hosts in the next couple of weeks, after 11 years.
yeeha.
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Current:
1987 560SL 4sp. auto Signalrot "Stella"
1987 190E 2.3-16 5sp. man. Blauschwarz "Hermann"
1992 300CE-24 6sp. man. Perlblau / Iceblau "Gretel"
1992 Range Rover Classic 4sp auto Ardennes Green "Oswald"
2012 E63 AMG Speedshift MCT Diamantweiß "Klaus"
Previous:
1986 560SEL Anthracitgrau "Schultz" - In Mercedes Heaven
1987 190E 2.6 4sp. auto Signalrot "Sabine" - which now resides/owns Andrew M's Garage
1972 350SLC Astralsilber "Lurch" - now in the loving care of Craig B
1989 2.5-16 Blauschwarz 4sp. auto (parted) formerly owned by Derek/Hasan.
2012 Renault Sport Megane RS265 Trophy 8:08 6 sp. man. Liquid Yellow "Jean Rédélé"

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Re: Spam user abuse and forum style issues currently under review

Post by T-Modell » Mon 12 Mar, 2018 10:15 pm

AMG wrote:
Mon 12 Mar, 2018 8:14 pm
...sysadmins when they offline a site then do not provide any log data to backup their statement.
...
Hi,
due to my good connections I can provide an extract of the logfile here (at least the interesting bits):
ozbenz_log.jpg
Good luck
Thomas
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1967 W111 250SE Cabriolet, horizon blue
1973 W115 220D 5.0 Pick-Up Argentina, work in progress 2017/18/19
1986 R107 500SL, arctic white, the midlife crisis viagra replacement
2007 R171 SLK350, calcit white
2008 S211 E63T, calcit white, sleeper

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Post by Christo C » Tue 13 Mar, 2018 5:23 pm

Ha ha ha good one Thomas, and it isn’t even April 1st :wav:
~Christo
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Re: Spam user abuse and forum style issues currently under review

Post by AMG » Tue 13 Mar, 2018 9:11 pm

oh man I needed a dose of humour after that epic shitfight. At least we're back.

Those nitwits have sucked the last blood though. I've secured a new provider (albeit at a bit of a $$$) who has a reputation for service delivery.

So we're moving to our new host in the next couple of weeks. (A2Hosting) Servers will be based in Singapore, a little closer to my router - fewer hops, lower latency etc.

There will be some site upgrades (SSL, cached performance is expected to be a little better, cloudflare etc.) and a little bit of downtime when the running database is cut over to the new host.

We will give people fair warning, so they know to expect the outage, but it shouldn't take too long - It's a DNS redirect and a database import.... heh what could possibly go wrong?

or in those ingenous words of the Goof from the Cotswolds...

"How hard could it be?" :sign3: :error:
:occasion5: :laughing6:
Current:
1987 560SL 4sp. auto Signalrot "Stella"
1987 190E 2.3-16 5sp. man. Blauschwarz "Hermann"
1992 300CE-24 6sp. man. Perlblau / Iceblau "Gretel"
1992 Range Rover Classic 4sp auto Ardennes Green "Oswald"
2012 E63 AMG Speedshift MCT Diamantweiß "Klaus"
Previous:
1986 560SEL Anthracitgrau "Schultz" - In Mercedes Heaven
1987 190E 2.6 4sp. auto Signalrot "Sabine" - which now resides/owns Andrew M's Garage
1972 350SLC Astralsilber "Lurch" - now in the loving care of Craig B
1989 2.5-16 Blauschwarz 4sp. auto (parted) formerly owned by Derek/Hasan.
2012 Renault Sport Megane RS265 Trophy 8:08 6 sp. man. Liquid Yellow "Jean Rédélé"

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