[linux-dvb] Problem with LinuxTV wiki

Oliver Endriss o.endriss at gmx.de
Fri Apr 1 05:44:23 CEST 2005

Johannes Stezenbach wrote:
> Oliver Endriss wrote:
> > Dominique Dumont wrote:
> > > I've also noticed a lot of commercial links at the bottom of the main
> > > page (http://linuxtv.org/wiki/index.php/Main_Page). Shouldn't these
> > > parasite links be exterminated ?
> > 
> > Definitely. An as*h*le named Xaxa has hacked these pages:
> > 
> > http://linuxtv.org/wiki/index.php/Help:Contents
> > http://linuxtv.org/wiki/index.php/Main_Page
> > http://linuxtv.org/wiki/index.php/LinuxTVWiki:About
> I would guess it was a script which uses random names. "Cd" was
> another one used for spamming.

Doesn't the software provide some kind of email verification, i.e.
one has to provide a valid mail address and reply to a mail message
before he can modify pages? Like subscription to a ml.

> > Imho the contents need some protection.
> > What will happen if script kiddies start applying non-obvious changes?
> That was to be expected. The VDR Wiki has seen more spam, but they
> don't require user registration for editing the pages.

Spam is obvious and can be removed. I fear that sooner or later someone
will apply less obvious modifications which cannot be detected easily.

> The bad thing is that even if we remove the spam from the pages it is
> still visible in the history and google will pick it up from there.

Oops, I assumed that an administrator could simply perform a rollback...
Otherwise I would have removed this crap immediately.


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