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06:46, 24th July 2024 (GMT+0)

Anyone else getting a 504 Gateway Time-out.

Posted by silverelf
MythZarya
member, 41 posts
Sun 2 Jun 2024
at 08:31
  • msg #66

Anyone else getting a 504 Gateway Time-out


Thank you, Jase!
Ramidel
member, 1424 posts
Err on the side
of awesome.
Sun 2 Jun 2024
at 08:47
  • msg #67

Anyone else getting a 504 Gateway Time-out

Excellent work and thanks.
theblacksorcerer
member, 46 posts
Sun 2 Jun 2024
at 09:13
  • msg #68

Anyone else getting a 504 Gateway Time-out

Jhaelan:
One observation since the reboot: the time appears to be 5-7 minutes behind what I would expect it to be on reloading the main page?

Yes, this. The clock has gone to the zoo.
jase
admin, 3936 posts
Cogito, ergo procuro.
Carpe stultus!
Sun 2 Jun 2024
at 09:32

Anyone else getting a 504 Gateway Time-out

Looks like they switched and attacked again.  Makes you wonder...

I've put in rate limits to prevent too many connection requests from one source.  They were attempted about 15,000 per second, have limited it to 1,000 for now and will probably go lower once I monitor it some more.

No idea why the time is off, I shall pick at that.
The Stray
member, 144 posts
When the Cat's a Stray
the Mice will Pray
Sun 2 Jun 2024
at 09:47
  • msg #70

Anyone else getting a 504 Gateway Time-out

Thank you for your work!
Winter51
member, 205 posts
Sun 2 Jun 2024
at 12:07
  • msg #71

Anyone else getting a 504 Gateway Time-out

Indeed, I'd like to add my thanks. DOS attacks suck.
Xeriph
member, 45 posts
Sun 2 Jun 2024
at 12:20
  • msg #72

Anyone else getting a 504 Gateway Time-out

In reply to jase (msg # 61):

Thank you Jace
donsr
member, 3112 posts
Sun 2 Jun 2024
at 12:30
  • msg #73

Anyone else getting a 504 Gateway Time-out

 this is good to hear!. I have  stated on Many occasions , when i first started  PBP, there were  'EZboards'  i was in dozens of them, Playing   D&D  for the most part... they got hit  with some viruses, and  ever one of the crashed  and Burned. some Hackers   though it was  fun, i guess...EZboards, as a company, never returned.

I am glad   we weathered this storm, My players  were active, using the 'copy before sending' thing..they will be happier  now!..Thanks for all the hard  work!
ladysharlyne
subscriber, 3728 posts
Member before Oct 2005
Been here for appx 20+yrs
Sun 2 Jun 2024
at 12:46
  • msg #74

Anyone else getting a 504 Gateway Time-out

Great stuff Jase and Team!  May a giant Dodo bird crapon the perpetrators head!
donsr
member, 3113 posts
Sun 2 Jun 2024
at 12:51
  • msg #75

Anyone else getting a 504 Gateway Time-out

,,maybe some old time.medevil punishment, that would  render them unable  to use a keyboard  again!
tibiotarsus
member, 309 posts
Hopepunk with a shovel
Sun 2 Jun 2024
at 14:08
  • msg #76

Anyone else getting a 504 Gateway Time-out

I'm long glad to have a working site...sounds like some automated nonsense that's picked up on the 'profiles' category and is trying, pointlessly, to hack imaginary people to me, but that's not informed speculation. Anyway, many thanks for the update and more for the fix, both greatly appreciated.
theblacksorcerer
member, 47 posts
Sun 2 Jun 2024
at 14:12
  • msg #77

Anyone else getting a 504 Gateway Time-out

Fantastic sleuthing (and other) work there Jase, much appreciated.

ladysharlyne:
May a giant Dodo bird crapon the perpetrators head!

That doesn't strike me as extraordinarily likely, for several reasons, but I certainly share the sentiment. :D
_Snowdrop_
member, 21 posts
Sun 2 Jun 2024
at 14:20
  • msg #78

Anyone else getting a 504 Gateway Time-out

tibiotarsus:
I'm long glad to have a working site...sounds like some automated nonsense that's picked up on the 'profiles' category and is trying, pointlessly, to hack imaginary people to me, but that's not informed speculation. Anyway, many thanks for the update and more for the fix, both greatly appreciated.

I think it's just that there are very few things for games that are always public, the character profiles being one of them, so that's the only thing you can consistently attack.
Winter51
member, 206 posts
Sun 2 Jun 2024
at 14:44
  • msg #79

Anyone else getting a 504 Gateway Time-out

In reply to _Snowdrop_ (msg # 78):

Right. They access public areas of the site over and over again very rapidly using bot programs. That kills the bandwidth and potentially crashes the site. Probably a bunch of hackers who infected a lot of people's PC's with the bot viruses. Those people thought that the PC was running slow because of Windows or something and didn't bother to run AV scans so their PC's might have been used to attack the site. DOS and DDOS attacks are just freakin' petty.
Genericus_Maximus
member, 24 posts
Sun 2 Jun 2024
at 15:06
  • msg #80

Anyone else getting a 504 Gateway Time-out

n’thing the sentiment of DDOS attacks being incredibly annoying
JMWilson70
member, 74 posts
Shall we Play a game?
Sun 2 Jun 2024
at 18:07
  • msg #81

Anyone else getting a 504 Gateway Time-out

Great job finding and fixing. This is the best site ever. Cheers to all of you guys who keep it running.
Barrier
member, 8 posts
Sun 2 Jun 2024
at 20:21
  • msg #82

Anyone else getting a 504 Gateway Time-out

Whew! Glad that's over. I hope I can speak for everyone else who makes use of this site for their regular RP and social interactions when I say, thanks for taking care of everything that keeps this site going.

To misquote a common saying in the 80's: I want my RPoL!
Nathanael Lockeford
member, 18 posts
Mon 3 Jun 2024
at 01:25
  • msg #83

Anyone else getting a 504 Gateway Time-out

This could be an off the wall suggestion (my knowledge is extremely limited). But given the nature of the areas being targeted, could it be possible someone may have been trying to automate  some sort of mining of public facing content for an AI generator thing? I know they've become increasingly popular and someone who knew enough to be dangerous but not enough to reign in whatever bot they built might have mimicked a DDOS attack unintentionally (or intentionally).
jase
admin, 3937 posts
Cogito, ergo procuro.
Carpe stultus!
Mon 3 Jun 2024
at 08:58

Anyone else getting a 504 Gateway Time-out

Unless someone owns up we've unfortunately no way of knowing the reason behind it.  There's a few theories but I looked up the source addresses for the connections and they're HK IPs known for being malicious so I'm leaning that way.

I may now contradict myself but digging into the requests to the server I saw a large amount of requests coming from bots.  Not the ridiculous amount coming from the DDOS but still about 86% of the remaining requests were bots, and most where also hitting gameinfo.php.

The worst offenders are now blocked from hitting that page (SemrushBot, ByteSpider and ClaudeBot), that'll hopefully lighten the load on the server.  I'll continue to monitor the misbehaving bots and block them as necessary.

Time issue was also fixed yesterday so hopefully we'll soon forget all this ever happened...  (c;
Dream Sequence
member, 101 posts
Certainly the loveliest,
most civilized of us all
Mon 3 Jun 2024
at 10:16
  • msg #85

Anyone else getting a 504 Gateway Time-out

Hey Jase, it the time thing completely fixed?  I don't know what the original problem was, but different pages of the site have different timestamps.  Like for example, at the top of this very page, RPoL tells me the time is "05:14, 3rd June 2024 (GMT-5)."  But if I click back to the home page, suddenly it's "04:14, 3rd June 2024 (GMT-6)," an hour apart.
Skald
moderator, 1106 posts
Whatever it is,
I'm against it
Mon 3 Jun 2024
at 10:26
  • msg #86

Anyone else getting a 504 Gateway Time-out

Timestamp is working for me in Firefox on Win 10 PC - both thread and main page showing local time.

Though we don't have daylight saving where I am - which could explain a 1 hr time difference for others ?
Ice Raven
member, 202 posts
Mon 3 Jun 2024
at 10:27
  • msg #87

Anyone else getting a 504 Gateway Time-out

Thanks for the update Jase!

Edit:
I live in NZ, timestamp of this post was 5min short of the time showing on my PC screen.
This message was last edited by the user at 10:29, Mon 03 June.
Dream Sequence
member, 102 posts
Certainly the loveliest,
most civilized of us all
Mon 3 Jun 2024
at 10:41
  • msg #88

Anyone else getting a 504 Gateway Time-out

Skald:
Though we don't have daylight saving where I am - which could explain a 1 hr time difference for others ?

Ooooh, right, I do notice now that one of those timestamps shows me in GMT-5 and the other in GMT-6.  Looks like one of them isn't recognizing DST here in the US maybe?
cocnoir
member, 20 posts
She Who Must be Obeyed
Mon 3 Jun 2024
at 14:12
  • msg #89

Anyone else getting a 504 Gateway Time-out

Sovereign:
Like who tf would DDOS an RP site?


Someone who got kicked out for breaking the rules? Sort of bad-tempered thing a kid would do.

Thanks for getting it back to normal. Love this site.
soulsight
member, 358 posts
Reality is 10% perception
and 90% interpretation.
Tue 4 Jun 2024
at 00:31
  • msg #90

Anyone else getting a 504 Gateway Time-out

Not sure there was a specific target. At the same time this site was targeted another site (mostly involved with collecting old media) was involved with a similar DDOS attack.
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