Updates

  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 2 months, 1 week ago

    2020 August 24

    Updated the Really Simple SSL plug-in to version 3.3.5.  This
    update changed 5 files, renaming the hook function for the idiot
    "multisite" feature and making some nugatory administrative
    changes.  We have no local code in this plug-in.  After syntax
    checking the changed files, I prepared and installed an update
    kit.  Nothing appeared to be broken by the update.
    
    Nothing seems to have gone wrong since installation of the
    Really Simple SSL plug-in version 3.3.5 update.  I committed the
    changes (Build 494) and published them to GitHub.
    
  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 2 months, 1 week ago

    2020 August 21

    Updated the WP Mail SMTP plug-in to version 2.3.1.  This is a
    minor update which modified "only" 55 files and added 10.
    There are the usual changes to various ratty mailers, fiddling
    around with the administrator pages.  We have no local code in
    this plug-in. I prepared an update kit, syntax checked it, and
    applied it. After installing the update, the administration
    pages looked all right and a test E-mail was sent and received
    with no problems.
    
    No problems have become apparent with the WP Mail SMTP plug-in,
    so I committed the version 2.3.1 update (Build 493)…

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  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 2 months, 1 week ago

    2020 August 19

    Updated the New User Approve plug-in to version 1.8.1.  This is
    a completely trivial update which changes two files to correct a
    compatibility problem with WooCommerce, which we don't use.
    They also updated the WordPress compatibility claim to version
    5.5, and that's it.  We have local code in one file to disable a
    confusing message it blithers on the administration dashboard.
    After integrating the local code, I syntax checked the modified
    files and applied the update kit.  Everything appeared to be OK
    after installing the update.
    
    Updated the Subscribe to Comments…

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  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    2020 August 13

    The scheduled RSS feed update ran normally at 23:30 UTC, so I
    committed the WP RSS Aggregator version 4.17.7 update (Build
    489) and published to GitHub.
    
    The /server/log/access_log had grown to 6.2 GB, having last been
    cycled on 2019-10-16.  I cycled it, creating cycle 4. After
    backing up the compressed cycle 4 log file  to
    ~/w/Ratburger_AWS/HTTPlogs on Juno, I left it in
    /server/log/History, since we have abundant space on that file
    system (10% full).
    
    Made a mirror backup to Juno.
    
    Made a backup AMI:
        Ratburger Backup 2020-08-13  ami-0c62f4d109dc5e947
            /…

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  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    2020 August 12

    Updated the Classic Editor plug-in to version 1.6.  This is a
    trivial update which mostly seems devoted to changing the
    internal name of the plug-in from "Classic Editor" to "classic
    editor", presumably because the Gutenberg cultists cannot abide
    the editor the vast majority of their customers prefer to use
    being referred to with reverential capitals.  We have no local
    code in this plug-in.  Only three files were changed.  I syntax
    checked the changed files and applied the kit.  The settings,
    for what they're worth, appear OK.
    
    As threatened, but a day late, WordPress…

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  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    2020 August 10

    Updated the User Role Editor plug-in to version 4.56.  This is a
    trivial update affecting only 7 files and changing nothing we
    use.  They added some new capabilities we don't use, and fixed a
    couple of bungles that don't affect us.  We have no local code
    in this plug-in, so after syntax checking the changes, I simply
    applied the update kit.  After installation, I checked the
    setting and all appeared to be in order.
    
    There have been no problems with the User Role Editor since
    installation of the version 4.56 update, so I committed the
    changes (Build 487) and published…

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  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    2020 August 7

    Updated the BuddyPress plug-in to version 6.2.0.  This is a
    minor (bordering on trivial) update which contains four
    so-called fixes, most of which are administrivia such as
    increasing the version requirements for support software from
    ancient to merely archaic.  Oh, and they replaced "blacklist"
    with "disallowed keys".  Zero bits matter.  A total of 24 files
    were modified.  None of the modified files were those containing
    our local code, which was integrated straightforwardly.  I
    simply deleted the stock version of the minimised files:…

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  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 3 months ago

    2020 July 31

    Updated the WP RSS Aggregator plug-in to version 4.17.6.  This
    is a minor update which modified 28 files, deleted two unused
    language translation files, and added 6 files.  Most of the
    changes are trivial faffing around with formatting, but there
    are a few fixes, including this little buggeroo:
        ### Fixed
            * The "Delete All Imported Items" reset option was
              deleting all posts on the site.
    Glad I never pushed *that* button!  We have no local code in
    this plug-in, so after syntax checking the changes, I applied
    the update kit.  Nothing appeared to break…

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  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    2020 July 13

    Updated the Stop Spammers plug-in to version 2020.4.4.  This is
    a minor update consisting mainly of "code cleanup" (a good deal
    of which amounted to deleting blank lines in the source
    code--gotta keep those diversity hires busy and away from
    something which actually affects operation of the program!) and
    then a "fixes to fixes" update to correct bungling in the
    clean-up.  (Cleaning up PHP code which interfaces to WordPress
    is like sorting the contents of the septic tank into neat
    piles.)  A total of 52 files were modified in this exercise of
    digging holes and filling…

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  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    2020 July 10

    Around 14:56 UTC, the site stopped responding to any requests
    from the outside, even ICMP ECHO (ping).  The site thus appeared
    to be hard down, like the crash we experienced on 2020-06-30.  I
    even tried logging in to Fourmilab, which is in the same AWS
    data centre, and was unable to ping RB.  While I was preparing
    to bring up the AWS EC2 console and try rebooting the instance,
    it "got better" and everything returned to normal.  The
    WordPress dashboard showed nothing out of the ordinary and the
    site responded normally.  I checked /var/log/messages around the
    incident and…

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  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    2020 July 9

    Updated the WP Mail SMTP plug-in to version 2.2.1.  This is a
    minor update which fixes some bugs in stuff we don't use and
    adds a feature in Gmail in which we aren't interested.  It
    modified 37 files and added 3,  We have no local code in this
    plug-in.  After syntax checking the changes, I made an update
    kit and applied it.  Nothing appeared to break, and I was able
    to successfully send a test E-mail to myself.
    
    Several hours later, there have been no indications of problems,
    so I committed the WP Mail SMTP plug-in version 2.2.1 changes
    (Build 482) and published to GitHub.
    
  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    2020 July 7

    Starting at 06:08:31 UTC we came under an intense vulnerability
    scan and denial of service attack originating from 65.52.64.35,
    which is within the large 65.52.0.0/14 IP block registered
    directly to:
        OrgName:        Microsoft Corporation
        OrgId:          MSFT
        Address:        One Microsoft Way
        City:           Redmond
        StateProv:      WA
        PostalCode:     98052
        Country:        US
        RegDate:        1998-07-09
    This looks very similar to the attack we experienced on
    2020-06-25, coincidentally (?) starting at around 06:00 UTC.  As
    with that attack, it…

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  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 4 months ago

    2020 July 1

    After yesterday's crash and problems with restoring the firewall
    after the system came back up, I decided to catch up on pending
    updates, which should have been installed around this time, and
    use the reboot to test whether my fixes to firewall start-up are
    working.
    
    Made a mirror backup to Juno.
    
    Made a backup AMI:
        Ratburger Backup 2020-07-01  ami-0859137eaa2899813
            /           snap-0ee1bb3fd849c8815
            /server     snap-0364850c6c47baa84
    
    Installed all pending update packages: 98 in total, 28 for
    security including a new kernel.
    
    Ran a Garback to…

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  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 4 months ago

    2020 June 30

    Updated the Subscribe to Comments Reloaded plug-in to version
    200629.  This is a minor update which modifies 15 files and
    deletes 4 (all language translation files we don't use).  The
    major change is adding an option to suppress the comment
    subscription request box for users who are not logged in.  This
    isn't needed at our site since the subscription box appears in
    the comment form and we don't show the comment form unless the
    user is logged in.  There are a number of structural chanages
    getting rid of some uses of jQuery (hooray!--jQuery is an
    abomination which…

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  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 4 months, 1 week ago

    2020 June 25

    Starting at 06:10:24 UTC, the site came under an intense attack
    from 185.174.40.173, part of a class C, 185.174.40.0/24,
    registered to "Libertas Network UK", but whose abuse contact is,
    for some reason, in Antigua and Barbuda.  The attack began with
    a fairly conventional scan for WordPress vulnerabilities,
    hammered in at a rate of around two per second.  Apparently,
    having found no vulnerability which could be exploited, the
    attack then switched into nihilistic destruction mode, in which
    it began to hit the home page at a rate of around ten times per
    second.  This, of…

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  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 4 months, 1 week ago

    2020 June 24

    Updated the Raw HTML plug-in to version 1.6.3.  This is an
    utterly trivial update which just changed a few lines in four
    files, only two of which are actually executable code.  It fixes
    a problem in compatibility with some versions of PHP, which is a
    stupid programming language used by stupid programmers to write
    stupid programs.  We have no local code in this plug-in, so I
    simply syntax checked the modified files and applied the update
    kit.  Everything looks hunky-dory after the installation.
    
    There being no apparent problems with the update installation, I
    committed…

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  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 4 months, 1 week ago

    2020 June 19

    Updated the Inline Spoilers plug-in to version 1.5.1.  This is
    an update which does not affect us at all, but simply remedies
    the plug-in's interaction with the disastrous "Gutenberg" "block
    editor" introduced by WordPress in their quest for
    self-immolation.  The README for the plug-in manages to misspell
    the editor as "Guttenberg"; given how many WordPress sites it
    has eviscerated, this may be appropriate.  There were two files
    (all administrivia) modified and two added to cope with
    Gutenberg.  We have no local code in this plug-in.  After syntax
    checking, I applied…

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  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    2020 June 17

    Updated the Really Simple SSL plug-in to version 3.3.4.  This is
    a trivial update that modified 8 files and makes no functional
    changes whatsoever: all it does is mess around with the "Review
    this plug-in" nag message to avoid interference with other
    plug-ins, twiddle the CSS for the administrator pages, and
    fiddle with WordPress's idiotic "multisite" feature that we
    don't use.  We have no local code in this plug-in.  I syntax
    checked the modified files, made an update kit, and applied it.
    Everything appears to be in order after installation.
    
    The Really Simple SSL…

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  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    2020 June 12

    Updated WordPress to version 5.4.2.  This is a "security and
    maintenance release" with 23 "fixes and enhancements", mostly
    corrections to the cross-site scripting vulnerabilities which
    continue to plague WordPress even in new feature code because
    its developers are morons and there is no adequate code review
    or configuration management of what they scribble in crayon
    before it is shipped to millions of customers.  They're forever
    giving out "Props" to the third parties who scrutinised their
    shoddy product and found these flaws they couldn't be bothered
    to discover…

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  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 4 months, 3 weeks ago

    2020 June 8

    Updated the WP Mail SMTP plug-in to version 2.1.1.  This update,
    which includes 2.1.0 and the "fixes to fixes" patch 2.1.1
    modifies 81 files, deletes one directory, and adds six files all
    for a bunch of useless crap which will make not a scintilla of
    difference to us.  We have no local code in this plug-in, so I
    simply prepared an update kit, syntax checked it, and applied
    it.
    
    After applying the update kit, I verified that everything looked
    all right and there were no errors in the error_log, and sent a
    test E-mail, which was delivered successfully.
    
    I can't see…

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