September 27, 2010 Security Alert Problem Should Be Fixed

Hatched by Dafydd

Commenter MikeR alerted us to the fact that the security protocols on a number of ISPs have begun flagging as a "malware" site. (We had been using BlogRolling to manage our blogrolls.)

In fact, it doesn't contain any malware; see the discussion here. However:

  1. It's easier for us to change all the Big Lizards templates and rebuild the blog, to remove BlogRolling and manage our blogrolls ourselves, than to argue with every ISP in Phosphoristan.
  2. BlogRolling is about to be terminated anyway, so (1) is required in any event.

We changed all the templates to remove all script calls to BlogRolling and rebuilt the main page (which is fast and easy); the rest of the blog, the archives and system pages, will all be rebuilt as soon as our domain host tells us all is clear to do the (monster-sized) rebuild.

(The Bear Flag League, which lists California blogs, presents a special problem: Its list of links is enormous, and there is no way we can type them all individually into Big Lizards even once, let alone keep them continually updated! Therefore we must forgo those links until such time as the BFL finds a different blogroll-manager that doesn't generate security alerts. BFL links will resume when and if it can do so.)

This should resolve the problem. If you navigate to Big Lizards later today or tomorrow and still get the security alert, try reloading the site in your browser: Sometimes browsers bring up a cached version, which might still have the script call. If that doesn't work, let us know, and we'll investigate.

Thanks, and we apologize for the inconvenience.

-- the Mgt.

Hatched by Dafydd on this day, September 27, 2010, at the time of 1:20 PM

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