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Re: [leafnode-list] Strange unprecedented subscription

* John Schrader wrote on Fri, Jun 28, 2002 at 07:42:54AM CEST:
> On Thu, Jun 27, 2002 at 10:49:02PM +0100, Phil Deane wrote:
> > > I use Fetchnews with Knode quite successfully. Just started exploring with
> > > verbosity settings and a strange occurrence is happening. It has happened
> > > on 2 separate occasions now. I have mysteriously been subscribing to
> > > 24hoursupport. Knode is not effected, just leafnode. I know how to remove
> > > it immedietly, so that is not the problem, but i dont know where the
> > > subscription is coming from. I just find it annoying when i start fetchnews
> > > and come back seeing it has not downloaded any of my newsgroups because it
> > > is downloading 13000 24hour support messages.
> I don't know a solution, and I have never seen anything like that,
> but just as a hint: please look at the list of groups in the file
> /var/spool/news/leaf.node/groupinfo: is '24hoursupport' the *first*
> entry in that file?

Yes,  and there have been more complaints like this on usenet.  Most of
them (though not all) deal with leafnode and knode, I have not seen one
complaint about a leafnode version higher than 1.9.19,  and all of the
complaints not having to do with knode  look like the server could have
been open to unwanted guests.  I even installed knode over here to maybe
reproduce the bug, but other than occasionally segfaulting on me (Debian
woody) for some other reason, I could reproduce this behaviour at all.

I was hoping  an emerging pattern within the reports would lead to the
solution, but so far all I can say is this is *probably* a knode bug or
some scripted search for open servers.  Anyone who does not believe this
better point me  to some hard facts about a  *current* 1.9.x or 2.beta
version not wide-open (show /etc/hosts.{allow,deny}!) and reproducible
behaviour (syslog and debug mode!) together with all used news clients
and versions, otherwise I'll not spend more time looking for a non-bug
in leafnode.  According to Matthias, upcoming 1.9.23 will contain more
logging for marking interesting groups.


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