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« on: October 20, 2010, 06:55:12 AM »

Ladies and gentleman, AtS is back in action!

Since the site has been completely offline for 2 entire days, I would like to give everyone a heads up on what is happening. Last week the site was hacked by a hacker that self entitles himself as Maestroz, the hack was pretty minor and was quickly fixed by myself, but the means he used to enter was unknown.

I contacted my host, replaced the hacked files and couldn't get more done. This week the same hacker used the same door to compromise the entire server's vulnerability and thus compromised all sites in the AtS server. Pretty big, I know. My account was suspended until everything was fixed to avoid more hacking, thus the "Account suspended" message you may have been seeing.

The database though is intact, so no posts at all were lost in the process.

Now to theme, main page and everything else. My host asked me to avoid using the main page / downloads / articles mod I was using because it presents a series of vulnerabilities, or at least update it to the latest version, which I was avoiding because it is a beta one (or release candidate thus slightly more trusting), so in the next series of days I will be testing the means to upgrade it to that version but keeping an eye out for alternative portals and download modifications.

As for the theme, it seems replacing the files of the software with the clean install package files somehow broke the them files, but I won't work in themes until I got the front page and downloads mod working.

So for now bear with me on the freely downloadable themes for the SMF software.

AtS is alive, live and will live.

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« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2010, 06:57:08 AM »

Additionally, if you want to avoid being left out of the loop you can find me on twitter: @nifelhein

Bear with me guys!
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« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2010, 09:14:38 AM »

Wow...that really sucks.  Thanks for taking this on Nif and fixing the problem.  Let me know if there's any help you need.  Good luck getting the theme portal up and running.

Thanks for keeping the site going!
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« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2010, 02:00:45 PM »

Nif,

Greatly appreciate the quick work.  I've been on this site for the better part of a decade (time flies) and would miss it.

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« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2010, 02:01:21 PM »

Three Cheers for Nif!

AtS represents countless hours of work to me, as well as the only forum I've ever been a part of where I felt I was known and making significant contributions. I'd be damn grumpy if I lost that. That first day was worrisome.
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« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2010, 03:03:44 PM »

Glad to have the site back in any form! Sorry to hear about the problems though. I've been lurking on this site for a long time and while I have never had much to contribute it's been a big help for all the Midnight games I've run. Thanks for keeping it running Nif, and everyone else who contributes to it. It's all very much appreciated!
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« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2010, 03:52:13 PM »

Thanks for all the work your putting into this Niff Smiley

I too was shocked and disturbed by the disappearance of the site, loosing AtS would be very sad.

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« Reply #7 on: October 20, 2010, 03:58:24 PM »

Don't worry guys, it might be too blue but it is still AtS. Wink

I am talking with my server, he mentioned due to this entire issue that he is considering the possibility that i might have to delete my entire filesystem and replace it with a new one, that might mean more downtime, but not any loss of data.

I would have to make a fresh install while manually adding each file from attachment and downloads back to the mix.
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« Reply #8 on: October 20, 2010, 04:37:33 PM »

I will be making another full backup tonight, and after I got it done I will be putting the boards into maintenance and double check everything. Hopefully we won't have to go through this again, cause if we do I will probably have to get another host, and I love the current one we have.
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« Reply #9 on: October 20, 2010, 10:54:43 PM »

Nif, let me add my voice to the chorus of highly appreciative people... I was really worried there for a bit! You don't know what ya got 'til it's gone... Thanks for fixing things so quickly (and for giving the heads up about other possible fixes/changes that might occur in the future).
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« Reply #10 on: October 21, 2010, 02:42:26 AM »

I wish to add my voice to those thanking for the great service you doing to community. In this you have been more helpful even than the publisher of Midnight setting. Truly, your work keeps the setting alive.
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« Reply #11 on: October 21, 2010, 03:52:13 AM »

You guys are honoring me, I haven't been active here for a long time and I miss it, but now I am sure that my contibutions are still strong.

Thanks everyone.
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« Reply #12 on: October 21, 2010, 06:03:21 AM »

What's important is not to be here all the time, but at the right time when we need you Wink
And you excel at that  angel

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« Reply #13 on: October 21, 2010, 02:04:14 PM »

Thanks Nif !
I was :
1. reassured by your saves details earlier
2. worried that you won't came back here is your host was more kicking you out than of any help.

*subscribing to your tweets (like being in the dark only if I'm in command Grin)

Any trail that could be dig in?
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« Reply #14 on: October 21, 2010, 04:02:52 PM »

I am flashing a few files to the server, if you find any errors give it some seconds and refresh the page. After this flashing I will just have to test the tinyportal update in order to make sure we don't loose a thing.
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« Reply #15 on: October 21, 2010, 06:24:50 PM »

Summary of Changes:

- Dark AtS theme returns, the shadow can never be truly defeated.
- The Astirax have managed to sabotage our network but all should be fixed now.
- Heepa Heepa have been promoted with the acceptance of Disembodied Spirits.
- Images all over have been consumed by the powers of the coriths, the resistance is working on bringing them back.
- Izrador agents have set their eyes on the site again and the last 10 posts are shown on the board index.
- The agents of the resistance have improved their supply lines by burning some captives.

The Long Explanation:

Well, the Dark AtS theme is working fine right now, so I set the boards to use it, we are still on the plain forums though, so no frontpage right now, nor downloads.

As I make my deep check of the filesystem I found out that some boards, like Tome of Sorrows volume had some groups out of their visible to list, I am not sure if people were seeing them or not, but now everyone should see them. If they should still be secret them let me know.

I have also found that many exploits can be done through the avatar and attachment upload system, so I created a new usergroup called Disembodied Spirits, for those with less than 5 posts, those users cannot post attachments, nor can they upload avatars. Heepa Heepa has now been moved to 6 posts and up.

Many images int he site will probably be broken, that is being worked on, this includes avatars, attachments and theme images. I have already finished the work on the attachments and avatars, so those should look fine, if you find one that doesn't post here and I will fix it. I will be working on the theem images in a few and will update this thread when I am done.

I also managed tor educe the space the website was occupying on the host to less than a half without the removal of any attachment, downloadable file or post.
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« Reply #16 on: October 21, 2010, 07:32:44 PM »

Ok, All image files should be on their places now. If you notice any broken image let me know. Meanwhile...

AtS Facts of Interest:

- We currently have 411 users who never made a single post on the forums.
- Of those 27 never even logged in to the site after registering.
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« Reply #17 on: October 21, 2010, 09:35:28 PM »

I have returned the site to the default theme, simply because I have to  edit the two themes we have to remove tp references to it. I am seriously considering paying for someone to make me some custom themes, then I can get exactly what I want: two shades, a light and a dark one and different banners for each race / affiliation.

Meanwhile I tested a tinyportal upgrade on the other site I own (a live one) and it worked perfectly fine, just messes with theme and settings. Now I have to consider if I want to keep tinyportal against my host's wishes or if i want to move to two different mods, whose support I don't know about yet.

The reasoning behind this need is simple: a downloads area and a main area with a homepage and articles area.

Site feels obscenely fast here.
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« Reply #18 on: October 22, 2010, 07:07:02 AM »

Summary:
- Darkness is holding the site once again, but this time its grasp is firmer.
- Some things are now hidden from prying eyes once again.

Long story:

Ok, so I have redesigned the dark theme from scratch by using the latest version of the theme it is based off so far the test worked and the forums are error free. I have also applied the signatures only once per page change and returned the color drop down choices to the racial descriptions.
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« Reply #19 on: October 22, 2010, 07:36:43 PM »

Thanks for the hard work and the updates. Maybe I missed it but do you have any word on when you might restores the non-forum features like the downloads section etc.?
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« Reply #20 on: October 22, 2010, 09:11:11 PM »

I will have to run a few tests with some mods that might replace the one we had, then make a decision on either sticking with the one we use but in a newer version, or change to the new ones, my host wants me to move on, they said the mod has been suffering from a vulnerability from day 1 and while he can't say if the latest one fixed he finds it unlikely due to its history.

I will probably have another week or so figuring it out though.
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« Reply #21 on: November 09, 2010, 03:11:44 AM »

Ok, after a one week trip I am back hme and almost fully rested again, so I will start working on the solution for the downloads and articles of the site.

Until there those parts will remain inacessible, so bear with me while they are being brought back.
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« Reply #22 on: November 26, 2010, 11:33:28 AM »

Thank you for all your hard work. It is appreciated!
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« Reply #23 on: December 11, 2010, 02:45:59 AM »

Any idea on when we are gonna get downloads back?   
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« Reply #24 on: December 22, 2010, 09:34:36 AM »

The next 2 to 3 weeks probably, I am trying some other softwares but they dont work as smoothly as I hoped and I am not trusting the old one we used jsut yet.

Meanwhile use the great minds of those in the forums. Wink
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