Archive for September 15th, 2004

Plesk and 500 Internal Server Error and uid/gid mismatch

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September 15th, 2004
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This is for future reference. If you are getting a 500 internal server error for your cgi-bin, have all the permissions set right and are using Plesk (or any other suexec virtual apache platform) the following command might be your answer. SSH in and type the following: chown root:apache /usr/sbin/suexec That should resolve most of the uid/gid mismatch issues and the 500 internal server issues. The technical explanation is that suexec runs the calling program as the owner/group that the suexec program is saved under and apache will run most scripts with a suexec (in a virtual server environment) to sanity check script execution and prevent malicious scripters. Plesk will sometimes save this file under the wrong credentials. Thus the headaches.

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WordPress comment spam stoppage techniques

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September 15th, 2004
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As a response to the many recent articles written about comment spam in blogs and their prevention methods, I thought it would be useful to list all of the existing methods available for WordPress (both in the core and as plugins and hacks) to prevent spammers from targeting your blog and succeeding. I would appreciate it if WordPress users would report their successes and failures with the various methods. WordPress already has very robust comment spam prevention mechanisms built into the core. To prevent spam you could: Turn on comment approval, where every comment would have to be approved by an administrator before it is posted on your live blog Force the user to fill out their name and email before they are allowed to post a comment Force a comment to be moderated based on the number of links in the comment (links being a major part of most […]

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OJR article: Bloggers Declare War on Comment Spam, but Can They Win?

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September 15th, 2004
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OJR article: Bloggers Declare War on Comment Spam, but Can They Win?: Another article on spam in blogs. Though some of the history of comment spammage and prevention is accurate, I am a little dissappointed with the article in general. Mark concentrates on Movable Type and his “Blogger Parry” suggestions to battle comment spam are not complete by any means. WordPress users have far more recourses to prevent comment spam than the article gives the “general blogging tool” credit for, with new methods being explored all the time (see previous post).

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::jamesoff:: >> Check RBL for WordPress 0.1

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::jamesoff:: >> Check RBL for WordPress 0.1: Automatically delete comment Spam in WordPress using Spam RBLs that are already available over the Internet. The author boasts a 90% “catch” of spammage. Via Photomatt

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