Hamipiks Pictures Missing

And a whole lot more besides.

It would seem that the Plesk backup utility is a worthless pile of crap. ( for googles benefit when spidering this article – psadump does not backup everything properly. If you use only psadump and then wipe your system you will lose things ).

Fortunately I took a filesystem dump of the system itself before I had it wiped. Unfortunately it will take me some time to get all the necessary files back on to Hamipiks (and anywhere else that might be missing files). It’s a raw deal when the backup utility you use demonstrates a major failure right when you need it.

I’ve posted the biggest snotgram you’ve ever seen onto the Plesk Forums to alert them of their flaw. I don’t imagine they’ll care too much, it’s not their data.

To answer cpthereturns question, the information is already posted, but it’s now in bold for you… You need do nothing except wait, I have the data, it is just not in the right place at the moment :)

Did You Guys Miss Us?


The server load has shot through the roof (I saw it at 23 a while back – the scale on the front page only goes up to 10 – lol)

21 Users online reportedly, noting that it doesn’t count readers who haven’t logged in at all…

Reader Comments should now be working again, and the sharp eyed will notice the font has changed in the header bar… Assuming your caches aren’t serving up old images of course. :) If you get mixed fonts up there it’s because some are cached and some aren’t.

Well folks, I shall let you get back to it :)

Server Is Upgraded

Hi all,
The server is now upgraded to a sparkly new Linux version. Service today and tomorrow may be intermittant as I finalise the final details and get everything in to proper shape, but mostly it’s back.

Thank you for your patience everyone, I have some options now for the future so that such a length outage to get upgraded should not occur. That’s the theory anyway :-)

You may well find things that don’t work properly over the next few days. If they’re still not working by Sunday afternoon then please drop me a line. But not before, I will probably find it myself if its before then :)

I AM aware that you cannot leave reader comments at this time

Server Upgrade Tomorrow

I will be requesting our hosting provider to perform the server upgrade mentioned previously, tomorrow. This means that the server will be in a read only mode from tomorrow morning (GMT) to allow backups to be taken and to ensure everything is safely stored away. This will mean that you will be UNABLE to login to your diary (this is to prevent any graphics uploads, customizations, new entries and such like, while the backup occurs). I will not be able to pick up Hamiko mail during this time either, although it should arrive once the upgrade is complete.

Apologies for the inconvenience of this, but it is a necessary step to enable me to ensure the system remains secure.


Brief Outage This Morning

Apologies for the unscheduled brief outage this morning. One of my other servers was compromised yesterday by a PHP vulnerability (PHP claims it’s bad script code, but every other site I’ve seen says that this compromise was actually bad PHP engine… Ho Hum, who cares, I’ll just stop the gap :)) and as a result it caused to me to install some extra precautions on the DD server.

In the case of my other server I’m certain I got to it before any damage was done, I’ve run extensive checks and counter tests to ensure that no data was corrupted or lost, and it would appear that all is well. The changes I’ve made to both servers will prevent the attackers from gaining access again. Note that this was purely a preventative step in the case of DearDiary.Net. The DearDiary server was NOT attacked

Thanks to Matt for his input on the issue which enabled me to get a very quick ‘plug’ in the gap yesterday, and thanks to The Serverbeach Techs for their assistance in helping me check all the data on the other server out.

There will be another outage shortly as I upgrade the underlying Linux OS, but I’ll give more details when I know them myself.

For those that are interested in such things, the attack was as a result of the later variant of the ‘Santy’ PHP worm. Check out Google for it if you care. Note that most of the damage that is mentioned in any website about Santy is mitigated on these servers by the fact that Serverbeach do not allow IRC traffic on their network.