[pmwiki-users] Attack ?

Drechsel Wolf edv-e at verkehrsplanung.com
Fri Dec 14 11:33:52 CST 2012

> Drechsel Wolf writes:
>> I'd been a happy pmwiki admin for years now. But now: It looks as  
>> if my wiki is being attacked:
>> With high cpu load on the server, the PmWikiDe.PmWikiDe file has  
>> grown to 106 MB, the contents is garbage of spam urls. I installed  
>> the most recent pmwiki 2.2.45 a few days ago, but the same happened  
>> again.
> ...
>> I put all permissions to 777 to make the wiki work - that wasnt a  
>> good idea?
> This looks like ordinary wikispam. If you have an open-for-editing  
> wiki, this can happen sometimes. The spam is posted by automated  
> bots, not by humans. If you set a password, even if it is displayed  
> in your wiki pages or on the login form, the spam will stop. See:
>  http://www.pmwiki.org/wiki/PmWiki/Passwords
>  http://www.pmwiki.org/wiki/PmWiki/PasswordsAdmin
>  http://www.pmwiki.org/wiki/Cookbook/OpenPass
>  http://www.pmwiki.org/wiki/Cookbook/OpenPass-Talk for something I  
> use.

thanks for the quick reply. Strange enough - the whole site IS  
password protected.
Maybe I should change the pwd ?

> On pmwiki.org we have some spam filters which block most of the  
> spam, see:
>  http://www.pmwiki.org/wiki/Cookbook/SpamFilters

o.k., I installed this.

>  http://www.pmwiki.org/wiki/PmWiki/UrlApprovals

Did this as well.

>  http://www.pmwiki.org/wiki/PmWiki/Blocklist

And also that.

>  http://www.pmwiki.org/wiki/PmWiki/Security

Read it. Difficult...

Right - now let's see what will happen. Exciting (-;

Yours with many thanks

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