[arch-dev-public] Story time: Gerolde breakage

Travis Willard travis at archlinux.org
Fri Aug 1 15:28:48 EDT 2008

On Fri, Aug 1, 2008 at 3:25 PM, Dusty Phillips <buchuki at gmail.com> wrote:
> 2008/8/1 Aaron Griffin <aaronmgriffin at gmail.com>:
>> What follows below is a recounting of the Great Gerolde Breakage of
>> '08. Details are provided by eyewitness accounts, and names have been
>> changed to protect the innocent.
>> It was a dark and gloomy night, that Thursday. I had come home late,
>> in a bit of a dour mood, and had been drinking a bit. I sat down at my
>> computer to check some emails and do some things before bed. When I
>> concluded my events for the night, I decided it was time to -Syu and
>> reboot. So I closed everything down except one terminal. The events
>> below were all internal monologue:
>> Hmm, Syu time. Woah, that's a lot of packages.... ah well. ENTER
>> Huh, why do I have apache on this laptop? I'll have to remove that later.
>> Hmm... mailman? I KNOW I didn't install that... what the? OH MY GOD
>> I immediately Ctrl-C'd because I had a "sudo reboot" queued up for
>> when the -Syu finished. I paused for a moment, kicking myself for
>> doing that. I checked apache, and it was still running. ftp was
>> working too.
>> Ok, good. Exit SSH. Let me -Syu locally.
>> Re-ssh to gerolde... immediate "permission denied". Oh god. Oh god. Oh god.
>> Yeah, I Ctrl-C'd before a kerberos upgrade was finished. This broke
>> ssh, and something else goofy broke mailman.
>> I emailed Dale, and he fixed SSH in the morning (whew, thanks a lot
>> Dale). Mailman was a bit harder, but considering everything was down
>> already, we switched from exim to postfix, as we'd been talking about
>> it for ages. Hooray for silver linings!
>> So. It's all back up now. Mailman is working, postfix is working, and
>> everything else should be in working order. If something is broken,
>> please let me know.
>> Sorry for the inconvenience.
>> Gerolde, hacked by phrak
> Well written and all but I seriously think we should forward this to
> Skoal for some bardification. =)
> Well done! Now you can get the hacked by phrak t-shirt!

"I survived the '08 Gerold Phrak Hack"?

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