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I'm Mike Pope. I live in the Seattle area. I've been a technical writer and editor for over 30 years. I'm interested in software, language, music, movies, books, motorcycles, travel, and ... well, lots of stuff.

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First entry - 6/27/2003
Most recent entry - 9/13/2021

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Posts - 2638
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Hits - 2,415,950

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Entries/day - 0.39
Comments/entry - 1.00
Hits/day - 361

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  02:07 PM

Earlier today, someone left the following "comment" on an entry in the blog:

<% foreach (var x in ConfigurationManager.ConnectionStrings){%><%= x.ToString() + "<br />" %><% } %>

This is an attempt, obviously, to get connection information about any and all databases that the blog has access to.

In this particular case, the attack was not successful because I encode stuff in comments, so it was just passed through as text. I sure hope that I've anticipated other, relatively straightforward attacks of a similar nature. But as we know, hackers are wily. And I am not particularly so, alas.

It goes to show that no matter how trivial your site, someone is interested in hacking it. Security: It's not just for commercial web sites.

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