[MediaWiki-l] Restoring MediaWiki after the Drupal exploit?

Tom tom at hutch4.us
Mon Nov 3 00:43:24 UTC 2014


Just to be clear. Your MW and Drupal share the same DB with a different prefix?

Tom

> On Nov 2, 2014, at 6:31 PM, Alex Monk <krenair at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> Just be careful about the 'MediaWiki:' restricted namespace pages. Those
> can have things like JavaScript which MediaWiki often deliberately does not
> escape.
> 
>> On 2 November 2014 23:20, Bartosz Dziewoński <matma.rex at gmail.com> wrote:
>> 
>> On Sun, 02 Nov 2014 23:53:28 +0100, Boris Steipe <boris.steipe at utoronto.ca>
>> wrote:
>> 
>> If I understand the Drupal advisory correctly, backdoors could have been
>>> installed in the database. I don't know nearly enough about this, but I
>>> suspect this could mean that a backdoor could reappear on the new machine
>>> if I were to dump my current Wiki tables from the old machine and reinstall
>>> them on the new machine. Is this correct? And if so, what would the best
>>> strategy be for recovery? I hope this can be done more efficiently than
>>> copy/pasting Wikitext.
>> 
>> If you want to be extra paranoid, and you only care about the contents of
>> pages (and possibly their earlier versions) and none of all the boring
>> extra data, then you can export and import the contents of wiki pages. This
>> should always be safe, as MediaWiki assumes that all page text is hostile
>> user input and always parses and escapes everything that needs it.
>> 
>> https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Manual:Importing_XML_dumps
>> 
>> --
>> Bartosz Dziewoński
>> 
>> 
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