Drupal downtime

It’s a freak coincidence, Drupal, Drupaldocs and Drupaldevs are all down right now. Note that Drupal.org is down for scheduled maintenance, and has not been hacked or taken down or anything*. They’re changing the powerlines at the server room or something, and it’s just taking a little longer than expected.

Drupal versions <= 4.6.1 (and a bunch of other PHP apps) have a security problem which makes them vulnerable to code injection, which means bad people can do bad people to your website. To solve this, all you need to do is go to drupal.org and download the latest patched version. Since the site is down at the moment, here’s a temporary fix:

1. delete xmlrpc.inc in the includes directory.
2. upload a blank file in its place.

This should keep you safe from attacks, but will disable the weblogs.com, etc. “ping” notification, and the blogapi. You can later update the files when drupal.org is back up.

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Arnab Nandi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at The Ohio State University. You can read more about him here.


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