Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Very Bad Behavior for Crashed Joomla! Sites

Which is worse, a little spam or being offline for a month?

A major example shown below is because the bot blocker can crash the whole site and this poor webmaster has been in this state at a minimum, according to Google cache, since "retrieved on Jan 24, 2008". However, Live says the same site has been this way since "our crawler examined the site on 1/11/2008", so it's much worse.

Then I found another site down all month as Google cache shows "retrieved on Jan 2, 2008" so they've not only had anti-spam but anti-visitor as well, nothing to worry about.

Warning: botbehavior_bot() [function.botbehavior-bot]: SAFE MODE Restriction in effect. The script whose uid is 3647 is not allowed to access /home/xxx/public_html/mambots/system/bad-behavior/bad-behavior-joomla.php owned by uid 80 in /home/xxx/public_html/mambots/system/bb2_bot.php22

Warning:botbehavior_bot(/home/xxx/public_html/mambots/system/bad-behavior/bad-behavior-joomla.php) [function.botbehavior-bot]: failed to open stream: Unknown error: 0 in /home/xxx/public_html/mambots/system/bb2_bot.php on line 22

Fatal error: botbehavior_bot() [function.require]: Failed opening required '/home/xxx/public_html/mambots/system/bad-behavior/bad-behavior-joomla.php' (include_path='.:/usr/local/lib/php-4.4.7/lib/php') in /home/xxx/public_html/mambots/system/bb2_bot.php on line 22

Looked around the web and there are other Joomla! sites with similar issues as well which weren't completely fatal. I'm not sure why a few sites just crashed with the errors while others proceeded to display errors with page content.

All I can say is that these webmasters need a good site monitoring alarm service at a minimum.

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