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May 12, 2001, 02:46 AM
Just got an email notification that I had a response to a topic that I didn't post! The topic is "9mm for CCW- sig228 or CZ75 PCR" posted by tucoR on the Handguns: The Semiauto Forum. When I checked the topic the initial post had my name on it!


Got this message from the 1911 Forum earlier today:


Recently, the pro-gun web site KeepAndBearArms.com was professionally hacked. This is a quote from Angela "The problems are still occurring, and we can't even reach our people to warn them."

The purpose of this email is to consider changing your password. Your password should be at least 8 characters long with a combination of characters and numbers.

Admins, I've locked you out of the forum control panel until you change your password. With the admin controls, it's too easy to delete all the forums.

Best Regards,

1911forum.com Administrator"

Whoever is hacking the gun sites is still at it. Don't know if you're aware but your site was down earlier this evening.

Rich Lucibella
May 12, 2001, 08:12 AM
Had my fingers crossed on that one. Didn't help.

The database (MySQL) server contains tables for authorized users like "www.thefiringline.com" to make certain that it can't be manipulated from outside the server. The forum database also contains a table for users. Both tables are the same name.

When I screwed database ownership and went to reload it from a backup, I used a script that I had and forgot to substitute the mysql owner database name for the tfl database. The result: overwrote Forum user table with one that made no sense to the software. With me so far?

I then had to rebuild the Forum users from the previous night's backup....I was hoping there had been no additional registrations during the night. Evidently there were. Tuco registered and posted. Then his profile got blown away. You registered and were assigned the next ID number.....which had been his. Thus, all Tuco's posts have an ID that references your Profile.

If he comes back and registers, we'll straighten it out. "Oh, Tuuuuuuuco.....anyone seen Tuco?"

May 12, 2001, 10:14 AM
Well, that explains it. I guess a software problem is better than being hacked.

So, it's fixed where my posts will be mine and tuco's will be his. "Tuuuuuuuuuco where'd you go?"


Mike Irwin
May 12, 2001, 02:20 PM

I have to admit, on the Irwin relative scale of newly identified system glitches and bugs, that one gets a 7.5 out of 10!

That's pretty neat in a forensic kinda way...

Oh, you may wonder if anything has ever gotten a 10 on my relative scale?

Yep, 1 event.

JPL's failure to convert units from metric to English measurement, which resulted in the loss of a Mars probe...

Now that qualifies as an "oopsie!"