|Project total CPU time equivalent to: 9986 years, 102 days, 17 hours of Athlon 3500+ running stock app.
Best scores for active workunits/batches:m4_vroln72_1: score: 1908411 settings: B:CG:NRBP:G127:ABCGDZEXFHJQLRMTNVPYSU
rieboooergqjmkeinulgmoegnesachleiubengeaetunenfensseitendrengonifekmysyn found by Condor
m4_vroln72_3: score: 1475051 settings: C:EK:RRXJ:B256:BSCODUEGHVIPLRMQNT
thfwzzleninuuefftttbpndiachesellteinbfnsnahertxeauuuuuuuurxxspfeitrnleit found by Pierre Berridge-Wade
Recent changes in account creation
As everyone may have already noticed, the project has been heavily hit by spammers. For the last weeks I've been fighting with up to 10k registrations per day, mostly just empty accounts which were created for unknown reasons (very few of them actually posted anything on forums or created profile/spam team).
I've been looking into possible ways to filter out the spammers right where they start (registration) and after looking at a few of possible solutions, I made a patch for the BOINC server to use StopForumSpam databases. For now, the server does not allow access to registration script from any IP listed in SFS db and it also refuses to create account with email address which is blacklisted there. This immediately filtered out more than 99,9% of new accounts, the rest is reviewed manually and eventually spammers that slipped through registration are reported back to the SFS.
There is also a daemon scriptwhich runs in background, randomly picking account and checking it against the blacklists, all accounts registered with blacklisted email address will be gone sooner or later together with any team and/or profile they have created (the script works very slowly, checking one account every few minutes, as I dont want to stress the SFS API which is a great free service).
The script won't touch anyone who has any credits or even hosts attached, so legitimate accounts should be safe even if someone has their email blacklisted.
24 Aug 2016, 12:44:25 UTC
Work generator paused
Recently the work generator has been paused because the server needs extended database maintenance (there is a significant amount of workunits stuck in unknown state, which affect performance).
I'm also running data analysis on all the results returned so far, the process eats a lot of resources so probably the work generator will remain stopped until the data analysis is done.
24 Aug 2016, 12:23:43 UTC
FNYG MXHU broken
Today around 02:30 GMT+2 ThrasherX-17 from team Keep The Fire Alive! returned the plaintext of 76 letters long FNYG MXHU message:
The message says:
"AN LEITUNG VON U BOOT STUETZPUNKT WILHELMSHAVEN: FUNKTELEGRAMM EINS ZWO ZWO VIER HIER MIT RHV GELOEST"
Which translates to:
"[To] Control from Submarine Base Wilhelmshaven: Radio message 1224 solved with RHV"
If you'd like to know more about the context of this message, read Dan Girard's explanation
20 Jun 2013, 8:01:37 UTC
Planned maintenance on April 18th
The company which is hosting part of my server (download mirror, domain and a few other things) announced that my VPS will be moved to another location (datacenter) on 18th of April.
The IP address is going to be changed so I think the server will be unavailable for at least couple of hours, maybe up to a day.
6 Apr 2013, 19:45:41 UTC
Tomorrow (04.03.2013) around 08:00 GMT the server will go offline for 12-24 hours.
The reason for this is hardware replacement, the old server barely keeps up running under load and has serious performance issues.
The swap is going to take a while because I need to copy data from both old drives, I hope that 'dd' image will do the trick.
3 Mar 2013, 10:09:18 UTC
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