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Jan Steinman
Just when you think it's safe to go out again...

I've secured my fairly late-model (~1.5.6) MediaWiki against public  
account creation, and now I'm finding the thieves are polluting it  
with trackbacks. This new vandalism requires no account creation, no  
edit rights.

In this case, I simply went in and wiped the contents of the  
"mw_trackbacks" table. (I can just hear Brion saying, "DON'T DO THAT!")

Is there any strategy in place for combatting this new (to me, at  
least) form of vandalism?

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Re: Trackback spam

Brion Vibber
Jan Steinman wrote:

> Just when you think it's safe to go out again...
>
> I've secured my fairly late-model (~1.5.6) MediaWiki against public  
> account creation, and now I'm finding the thieves are polluting it  
> with trackbacks. This new vandalism requires no account creation, no  
> edit rights.
>
> In this case, I simply went in and wiped the contents of the  
> "mw_trackbacks" table. (I can just hear Brion saying, "DON'T DO THAT!")
>
> Is there any strategy in place for combatting this new (to me, at  
> least) form of vandalism?
Don't enable trackbacks. :)

-- brion vibber (brion @ pobox.com)


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Re: Trackback spam

Bugzilla from sy1234@gmail.com
In reply to this post by Jan Steinman
On 2/21/06, Jan Steinman <[hidden email]> wrote:

> Is there any strategy in place for combatting this new (to me, at
> least) form of vandalism?

Yes, Bad Behavior[1]

The trick is to ban problems at a lower level.. to have your server
analyze traffic before it gets to your wiki engine.

[1] http://www.ioerror.us/software/bad-behavior/
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Bad_Behavior
http://www.ioerror.us/software/bad-behavior/installing-and-using-bad-behavior/on-mediawiki/
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Re: Trackback spam

Tels
Moin,

On Sunday 26 February 2006 05:02, Sy Ali wrote:

> On 2/21/06, Jan Steinman <[hidden email]> wrote:
> > Is there any strategy in place for combatting this new (to me, at
> > least) form of vandalism?
>
> Yes, Bad Behavior[1]
>
> The trick is to ban problems at a lower level.. to have your server
> analyze traffic before it gets to your wiki engine.
>
> [1] http://www.ioerror.us/software/bad-behavior/
> http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Bad_Behavior
> http://www.ioerror.us/software/bad-behavior/installing-and-using-bad-be
>havior/on-mediawiki/
That sounds very usefull, bookmarked!

Best wishes,

Tels

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