Analyzing a Trac spam attempt

Monday, 7 July 2008, 2:52 PM EST

One of the best web interfaces for visualizing Subversion repositories (as well as providing integrated project management and ticketing functionality) is the Trac Project, and all Cipherdyne software projects use it. With Trac's success, it also becomes a target for those that would try to subvert it for purposes such as creating spam. Because I deploy Trac with the Roadmap, Tickets, and Wiki features disabled, my deployment essentially does not accept user-generated content (like comments in tickets for example) for display. This minimizes my exposure to Trac spam, which has become a problem significant enough for various spam-fighting strategies to be developed such as configuring mod-security and plugin from the Trac project itself.

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