[geeklog-devel] No articles on geeklog.net when not logged in?

Dirk Haun dirk at haun-online.de
Tue Sep 1 10:46:27 EDT 2015

Tom wrote:

> Clear the Cache again.

Done. Things should be back to normal.

> I have monatastic.com checking Geeklog.net every hour for the past year or
> so. Once every couple of months I may get a warning that the site is down.
> Last week I got 13 warnings (3 on Sunday) but the site is always backup
> within a few minutes (I have never found it down but I have never had a
> chance to check the minute I got the email). The week before I got 3
> warnings, and the week before that 2 warnings that Geeklog.net is down.

Probably just overloaded. I've seen this happen on occasion.

> I am assuming that the server is overloaded either by bots swarming our
> website or by someone else's account. I haven't had a chance to look into
> this yet. (Dirk if you have the time???)

The site is under almost constant attack - spam attempts, attempts to create fake accounts, more or less systematic probes for SQL injections or other know vulnerabilities. Sometimes one of those overloads the site. The sheer amount of non-hostile bots indexing the site doesn't exactly help (why does every company have to run its own web crawler these days?).

Anyway, that has been the reality of the web for the last couple of years and Geeklog shouldn't just stumble over something like that so easily.

We could have a race condition in the cache refresh logic, for example. Could 2 requests trigger it at the same time, overwriting each other? Or something like that?



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