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    What happened??

    Last night the forum link produced only an error message:

    Warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. Please use the date.timezone setting, the TZ environment variable or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Denver' for 'MST/-7.0/no DST' instead in ..../includes/class_core.php on line 1129

    Warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. Please use the date.timezone setting, the TZ environment variable or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Denver' for 'MST/-7.0/no DST' instead in ..../includes/class_core.php on line 1130
    Now we have an "activity" page instead of the normal "what's new" listing of active threads.
    And Wagner can't edit his posts . . . .

    Did something break?

    Thanks for everything you do and don't take this as a complaint. Just trying to figure out what's happening!
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    Nothing is broken to my knowledge. We've been running an older version of vBulletin that had serious security risks. I became aware of this risk on Friday and the fact that it was being reported that hackers were now employing bots to scan for sites running non current vBulletin installations as a means of taking over the servers running them. I attempted an update on Friday to a fully secure version, but was unsuccessful due to version conflicts with underlying software.

    I corresponded with John Nebel on this and he stated the version issue can not be rectified in the short term and that the forum could go back to the old version until a workaround was developed. John runs security software on his servers that he states should provide adequate protection for now. As a result, I restored the old forum and turned it back on late Friday.

    On Sunday, John informed me that only the most recent version of vBulletin has the version conflict. The immediately prior version (newer than what we were running) is considered secure for now and it was worthwhile updating to that. Thus, on Sunday evening, I attempted that update. I was successful in uploading all of the new files which overwrote the old files and caused the error messages everyone saw. This was an expected temporary condition that was expected to be rectified once the installation program was run to set up the new version.

    This is where things went south, but in a good way. John's IPS (Intrusion Protection System) was so effective it locked me out twice, even though John was revising its rules in a way that should have allowed me access. I was unable to either run the install program or revert back to the old version. Time ran out Sunday evening to do anything further until today, when John could set up Virtual Private Network access for me to get around the IPS.

    That was the plan until Ann Cantlow came to the rescue this morning. John offered Ann's services to run the installation program locally and Ann was able to get it successfully installed after one minor installation glitch.

    So now we have an updated forum with new and untested features. I'll do what I can to see if its possible to change settings to the operate as closely as possible to the old forum. Personally, I do not like my home page being the new Activity Page and I will look to put an end to that. I'll also look into the editing settings. If anyone is finding other irksome changes in forum behaviour, post them here, and I'll see what I can do.

    To close, we should be good on security for the next short while. However, it's a given that security flaws will eventually be found in this version, requiring further updates and thus dealing with the version issue with underlying software. This will likely not be an easy fix and could have significant repercussions on the overall site. It will be worked out, but I'm not sure how just yet.
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    Don McRitchie

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    Thanks Don, John, Ann!
    Should be interesting for a few days

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    Quote Originally Posted by grumpy View Post
    Thanks Don, John, Ann!
    Should be interesting for a few days
    Absolutely! Thank you guys and gal.


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    Thank you all for kicking in so quickly to pick things back up, and for security updates - much needed.

    Don't know if you know, but another forum, AudioKarma, recently decided vBulletin had too many security issues,
    felt the newer versions were not as well supported as they had been in the past, and was just getting long in the tooth.

    So they opted to go through the (huge hassle) of migrating their site to a newer software called XenForo.
    It has been a HUGE undertaking, and lo, there has been great gnashing of the teeth (because it is different!!)

    But I gather the final product is easier on the database, and as a user, it (usually) feels faster -
    and they seem to be a much bigger site than LHS (no flames meant).

    I gather it was a big deal for the management - they are STILL fine tuning some of it ...
    but any kind of forum software change would be a huge process.

    Again, thanks for keep our data safe!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Don McRitchie View Post
    I'll also look into the editing settings. If anyone is finding other irksome changes in forum behaviour, post them here, and I'll see what I can do.

    To close, we should be good on security for the next short while. However, it's a given that security flaws will eventually be found in this version, requiring further updates and thus dealing with the version issue with underlying software. This will likely not be an easy fix and could have significant repercussions on the overall site. It will be worked out, but I'm not sure how just yet.
    Thanks for the update on the update!

    Others may have differing views on this but on other forums I've come to appreciate the 'like' or 'thanks' feature as a quick way of showing that a post has value to me. (Without necessarily responding to the thread)

    If the new software has this feature it would be nice to have it enabled if possible.

    Thanks again,

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    One thing I noticed.

    I went to my profile page by clicking on my user name at the top. Then clicked on "Find Latest Posts" to see if all recent posts made the journey. On that page, and it's the only place I've noticed it, along the top in the gray area is this:

    Warning: Only variables should be passed by reference in ..../includes/class_bootstrap.php(561) : eval()'d code on line 39

    Warning: Only variables should be passed by reference in ..../includes/class_bootstrap.php(561) : eval()'d code on line 39

    Warning: Only variables should be passed by reference in ..../includes/class_bootstrap.php(561) : eval()'d code on line 39

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    I'm seeing that error all over the place - hit "New Posts" or do a Search, or most any function with the database ...



    Quote Originally Posted by JeffW View Post
    One thing I noticed.

    I went to my profile page by clicking on my user name at the top. Then clicked on "Find Latest Posts" to see if all recent posts made the journey. On that page, and it's the only place I've noticed it, along the top in the gray area is this:

    Warning: Only variables should be passed by reference in ..../includes/class_bootstrap.php(561) : eval()'d code on line 39

    Warning: Only variables should be passed by reference in ..../includes/class_bootstrap.php(561) : eval()'d code on line 39

    Warning: Only variables should be passed by reference in ..../includes/class_bootstrap.php(561) : eval()'d code on line 39
    Test edit, many hours later - now works!
    2ch: Oppo, JoLida 502CRC, JBL L212, 18ti,240ti; Heath AS101, Von Schweikert VR4
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    At least it's not just me, then.

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    I keep getting forced back to the "what's new" page against my will.

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    Test editing

    Does editing work (now)? It does in preview. ... and it does after posting .... and after editing a former post.

    Adding this for Heather: php itself is quite a mess, it's not entirely vB's fault.
    John Nebel

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    Lol, I say leave editing off. Maybe folks will think twice before they spew raw sewage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Nebel View Post
    Does editing work (now)? It does in preview. ... and it does after posting .... and after editing a former post.

    Adding this for Heather: php itself is quite a mess, it's not entirely vB's fault.
    God bless you for all you do John, and yes,
    I have done some php coding - its creaky -
    but my employer wants to get away from perl/cgi ... sigh!

    re-edit 2 mins later - works fine now (no spinning java counter now)
    2ch: Oppo, JoLida 502CRC, JBL L212, 18ti,240ti; Heath AS101, Von Schweikert VR4
    7.1: Oppo BDP103D, B&K, UREI 809A, JBL B460

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    I, too, thank all for keeping the site accessible. I have to admit I was missing the ability to do my usual check-in while the site was down, even though just for a short while.
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