Friday, February 26th, 2021 at 9:13 am #10040Don GrilloKeymaster
The skysoaring.com website will be down for maintenance on Monday and Tuesday March 1st and 2nd.
Thursday, March 4th, 2021 at 8:42 am #10044Don GrilloKeymaster
Hello Sky Soaring members,
I have spent the last several days eradicating a virus that had infected the skysoaring.com website. The virus called the Favicon.ico virus has been around for a number of years and can infect a website that has vulnerable software code where the virus can get in through an open back door and inject itself into the website core files. In our case it had gotten in some of the core files and into our uploads directory where all our club files are stored.
The virus never infected our SSI files but created new files that ran the virus code. What the virus did was to use the server that the ssi website is hosted on, it then sent out advertisements (yes, commercial ads) to other infected websites which in turn also sent out advertisements. A big circle where tens of thousands of websites are infected all sending out advertisements.
The good news is that all the corrupt files have been found and removed. It was a time consuming effort and also required the help of our website hosting service.
Please make note; Your home computer or device that you use to connect to skysoaring.com was never at risk of getting this virus. This was an internal virus that resided deep inside the core website files.
I have hardend our website so that (hopefully) it will not be infected again.
We use a common and widely used content management system called WordPress for our website software. It uses third party software called plugins for many items. An example is our photo gallery and message forum. All this third party software is vulnerable to attack. The answer is to not run third party software. That is not possible for our needs but it can be reduced so you may see some changes in our website soon.
I will post a notice after discussion with the BOD about removing some plugins, like the Links Page and photo gallery.
Sorry for the long explanation and that you weren’t to board with all this.
Wednesday, March 24th, 2021 at 9:34 pm #10191
Wednesday, March 24th, 2021 at 9:34 pm #10192John PhelanParticipant
Thanks for catching this and taking care of it. I know it takes a lot of your personal time and talents to keep it up and running properly. I appreciate your efforts on behalf of the Club.
John F. Phelan
Wednesday, March 24th, 2021 at 9:34 pm #10193Dennis BurkeParticipant
not boring. My coworkers in IT Dept’s were surrounded by these horrors. (back when i was earning my keep).
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