Notes on a web journey

posted on: 04 August 2005

Updated to WordPress

filed under: @ 10:52:54

I just finished updating to WordPress I got hacked in twice (through that XMLRPC file) so I had no choice. Using a modem connection it took quite a while to download the new files, delete the old files and then upload again the all thing..

Once I'm finally done I check out how my index page looks and...there is nothing, not even one single tag showing. After much looking around I found out that I had to erase

 < ?php include(ABSPATH . 'wp-comments.php'); ?>

and replace it with

 < ?php comments_template(); ?> 

Now, so far, everything works.


posted on: 02 August 2005


filed under: @ 09:57:41

I have found the explanation to what happened to my index page a few days ago:

WordPress has in the meanwhile released a new version of their software, I suppose I could just upgrade it. It seems, though, that doing that I will also have to re-do all the templates (basically the way my index page looks). I have very little time so I'll see if it's possible to upgrade without messing with the appearance of my site.


posted on: 28 July 2005

XMLRPC script exploited

filed under: @ 09:38:14

Yesterday, after having covered a few thousand kilometers, I arrive back home and get online. I go to my home page (this one, the log) and all I can see is:

Un-Root - fernando em sua homenagem rs

I send an email to my host (dreamhost) and as usual I got a very fast reply from them:

That's all that is in your index.php file. It looks like it was modified yesterday at 1:30pm PDT. It looks like someone exploited your xmlrpc.php script.

What's the point ? If Fernando is having fun like that, I think Fernando has very little to do. He must have skills (I wouldn't know how to do something like that) so why not use them for something useful ? As far as I'm concerned I will go and find out about xmlrpc so maybe Fernando has done something useful after all, “teaching&8221; me a new thing.


CSS,Javascript and Php studies

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