[Moin-user] Re: [MayaVi-users] Re: MayaVi Wiki vandalism

Sebastian Haase haase at msg.ucsf.edu
Wed Nov 24 09:50:13 EST 2004

Hi all, (I cc'ed this to moinmoin)
I would expect the "moinmoin community" would/should have a rather generic 
solution for this.  Requiring logins might be an easy fix, that we 
(assumingly) could all live with. (How hard is this to install !?)
To go back in the "revision history" for each page to a point that does not 
contain spam words  sounds like a "fun" script to write - ONCE-AND-FOR-ALL - 
and then it could be shipped with moinmoin.

Sebastian Haase

On Wednesday 24 November 2004 03:48 am, Vincent Picavet wrote:
> Hi all,
> I am only a intermittent reader of this ML, but I saw your problem about
> the wiki.
> I had a similar problem with a wiki I am responsible of. I think robots
> have been recently developed by spammers to automatically insert links
> to their drug/porn/... sites on wikis, in order to improve their
> rank in the search engines.
> The good news is that most of the time wiki engines save the history of
> the pages. It usually needs three clicks to revert a page to the
> precedent state (as you say it, in the MoinMoin's case, click the info
> icon on top right corner of the page, then view a correct previous, edit
> it and save).
> The bad news is that in my case, the attackers came back a lot of time
> and I had to request login to be able to modify a page.
> Needless to say that there is nothing legal to do to prevent such
> attacks, they often come from russia or china or some other places where
> a mail to abuse at xxx has no effect...
> Good luck to get your wiki back.
> Vincent
> > > Forget it, I have monthly backups of the site.  I'll see what I can
> > > do.  We might loose recent content though but this is easier than
> > > going through each page and fixing content.
> >
> > I have the idea that moin allows the administrator to revert a wiki to
> > a previous version. You can see which versions are stored by clicking
> > on the info icon and in fact the vandalism started some time ago.

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