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#1 2013-03-21 07:02:38

panth0r
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AUR votes and either cryptic drama or maybe just spam?

Seems like some packages on the AUR have become pretty popular pretty quickly (link shows the 50 top-voted AUR packages):

https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/?O=0 … _Search=Go

Moreover, there's a bunch of cryptic nonsense that is repeated verbatim, sometimes two messages in a row with the exact text posted some hours later.

Tried to stalk as best I could, but I can't determine who did what, but it sounds like it was either pretty stupid or malicious.

I'd appreciate more information; however, I understand providing information may be inappropriate.

Hope all is well.

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#2 2013-03-21 07:08:40

jasonwryan
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Re: AUR votes and either cryptic drama or maybe just spam?

Someone was targetting gtmanfred: a little while back, all his packages were flagged outdated.

I suspect this is part of that (puerile) pattern...


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#3 2013-03-22 04:01:21

anonymous_user
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Re: AUR votes and either cryptic drama or maybe just spam?

Are all those comments quotes from 2001: A Space Odyssey?

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#4 2013-03-22 04:08:05

jasonwryan
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Re: AUR votes and either cryptic drama or maybe just spam?

Yes. It is the attacker's idea of a sense of humour.


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#5 2013-03-23 04:42:13

panth0r
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Re: AUR votes and either cryptic drama or maybe just spam?

Can (and will) the AUR revert, somehow, to its state prior to this callow user's "attack?"

Thank both of you for your question and insight; concerning the "2001: A Space Odyssey" quotes, they're apparently customized (changed names, at least) to specifically target the project (Arch GNU/Linux) and individual (gtmanfred).

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