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Thread: Google search for knoppix forum ends up on firestore72 sometimes

  1. #11
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    Denver Dave, it appears there may be a problem at our end. It's tricky to sort out but I'll get on it as soon as I can. Thanks for letting us know.

  2. #12
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    Thanks for the update. Not a big deal, most people probably type in the direct url: http://knoppix.net/forums and that seems to work fine. I'll start doing this.

    A little more data:

    Replicated the redirect with:
    XP / Chrome browser / Google search
    XP / Firefox browser / Yahoo search

  3. #13
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    I've seen this happen many times - on machines running Windows as well as Knoppix itself. I always assumed it meant the server was overloaded at that particular moment, and that "firestore72.info" was the canonical name of the server that also serves knoppix.net. The workaround is to go back to the Google page and click the link again (although it would be nice if the firestore page did a proper job of explaining what happened).
    Last edited by soubeagi; 06-28-2013 at 07:05 PM.

  4. #14
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    I didn't pay the filestore72 much mind either, assuming I clicked on the wrong link or something for quite some time. However, since we can now duplicate it every time on multiple operating systems and browsers after clearing the cache, it now does not seem likely related to a server load issue.

    Should be possible to track down since we can duplicate with consistency. A tougher find would be if it was intermittent.

    There are about a thousand posts related to infostore72.info redirect vbulletin - sounds like we are in good company:
    http://www.google.com/#sclient=psy-a...ogle+vbulletin

  5. #15
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    This is the result of malicious code that was injected into the knoppix.net server, exploiting some new vulnerability in vBulletin (and possibly also Apache). Possibly the best discussion of this problem, including suggestions on how to eliminate it, is at Vbulletin myfilestore hack - Find the traces and remove them. It's very technical, but an experienced vBulletin administrator should find some useful info there.

    And, just for the record, it happened to me again while I was looking up this info.


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    Can confirm this is still occurring, I've never got to this site before yesterday and I was redirected a few times.

  7. #17
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    I'm seeing it too. A search for "knoppix forum" seems to hit this site as the top hit, I can see the correct URL, but when I click on the Google link I end up at the evil site!
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  8. #18
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    Yep, I just joined this forum. Knoppix forum sent me and email to activate my login. I clicked on the link; it took me to filestore72.

  9. #19
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    I think it's fixed.

    If anyone has got this redirect since yesterday please drop me a PM or email (webmaster@). Thanks.

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