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Author Topic: DC Server blocking sessionid - requiring cookies enabled to browse forum  (Read 4643 times)

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gothic and i are sitting here experimenting with blocking access to the forum with old SESSIONID info in urls.
please let me know if anyone gets errors explicitly about this while they are surfing the site.
« Last Edit: May 31, 2009, 06:24:48 PM by mouser »

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Re: Server blocking of sessionid
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2009, 08:06:05 AM »
gothic and i are sitting here experimenting with blocking access to the forum with old SESSIONID info in urls.
please let me know if anyone gets errors explicitly about this while they are surfing the site.
Sounds like a good move - I assume this is to make jacking somebody else sessions harder?
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Re: Server blocking of sessionid
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2009, 11:48:58 AM »
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Sounds like a good move - I assume this is to make jacking somebody else sessions harder?
yes.

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Re: Server blocking of sessionid
« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2009, 12:31:53 PM »
Some people who have been used to surfing the dc forum without cookies enabled are reporting getting the new error page and having some trouble enabling cookies or otherwise getting pages to load.  We'll see if we can make this a bit smoother.

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Re: Server blocking of sessionid
« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2009, 05:10:57 PM »
Some people who have been used to surfing the dc forum without cookies enabled are reporting getting the new error page and having some trouble enabling cookies or otherwise getting pages to load.  We'll see if we can make this a bit smoother.

Not sure if this is related, but six new topics turned up in the Google reader feed yesterday that I can't access, and don't appear on the forum Topic list. They all seem to be productivity-related, and were posted between

Shutdown, after turning off specific programs, or running others.
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Members Only! A good way to randomly view DC
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Re: Server blocking of sessionid
« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2009, 06:01:54 PM »
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six new topics turned up in the Google reader feed yesterday that I can't access, and don't appear on the forum Topic list.
unrelated -- those were actually posts from Paul Keith that were posted all at once, but he and i talked and thought it would be better to post one at a time so people didn't feel overloaded.

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Re: Server blocking of sessionid
« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2009, 06:24:11 PM »
a few people are reporting problems with this -- we're going to try to disable the changes or make them more benign while we study the issue further.

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Not sure if it is related, but I got a random "403 Access Denied" (I think that was the number, but it *was* Access Denied) error yesterday when loading up the forum (my homepage) - a refresh fixed it, but that was the first time I've ever seen anything like that here...