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post Sat 1st November 2008, 12:50am
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A member here reported that his computer was infected with a virus while browsing Encyclopedia Dramatica. Other members say that it's a big problem on Dramatica, and that the people who run the site are fighting but losing.

How can this happen? Is MediaWiki that easy to put viruses into? Once a MediaWiki site is overrun with viruses, why is it so difficult to clean up?
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post Tue 4th November 2008, 6:23am
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QUOTE(Emperor @ Fri 31st October 2008, 6:50pm) *
How can this happen? Is MediaWiki that easy to put viruses into? Once a MediaWiki site is overrun with viruses, why is it so difficult to clean up?

IMO, stuff like that would have to come from uploaded image files, which are probably scanned for embedded scripting and other forms of malware on Wikipedia, but not on ED or some other standard MediaWiki installation. I don't know exactly when Wikipedia started scanning them, but I suspect it was well before 2004.

Having said that, there's no guarantee that malicious code couldn't be embedded into an image file in such a way that WP's scanners wouldn't catch it, at least not immediately.

There was also this incident, but that was more of a "spoof" than anything else, though of course the ultimate goal there was also to spread a virus, and it did manage to ensnare a few gullible people, apparently.

As for it being difficult to clean up, that would depend on whether or not you can run malware-scanning software on the server, and how good it is. A site like ED probably doesn't operate its own servers, and if they have to check out each image manually, well... that would be a nightmare after a while, no question about that!
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The whole "ED contains malware" meme was spread because of a few ads the site had in late 2008 which were causing problems. These, I believe, have since been removed.
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post Mon 2nd March 2009, 3:11am
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It's back

http://www.encyclopediadramatica.com/index...ut_malware_pl0x.

On ED's forum they've solved the issue. Someone said, "Sounds like you're using a crap install of IE rather than knowing how to internets, and thus DESERVED such malware."
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