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CloudFlare Bug Under Investigation

  • 24-02-2017 12:11pm
    Administrators, Employee Posts: 5,462 ✭✭✭✭✭ Mark Employee

    Hi everyone,

    It's not the note that any of us would have liked our Fridays to start on, but we're investigating a CloudFlare bug that may have impacted thousands of sites. CloudFlare was put in place last year following a number of DDOS attacks to help shield us from malicious traffic.

    Although we have not been made aware of any breaches to date, there is a small chance that this bug has resulted in data being leaked, and we're taking it very seriously as a result.

    In cases like this, it's always prudent to err on the side of caution and change your password. Bear in mind that other sites that use CloudFlare may be affected. You should change your password on these other sites, particularly if you happen to use the same password across multiple sites (now's not the time to be judgemental). That's why we felt it best to let you know as soon as possible. You can change your Boards password here.

    If you want to get into the nitty gritty of the bug, you can read CloudFlare's blog post right here. Meanwhile, you can find an extensive list of sites that use CloudFlare here (bear in mind that not all sites listed will be affected).


  • Administrators, Employee Posts: 5,462 ✭✭✭✭✭ Mark Employee


    Ronan was in contact with CloudFlare and is not one of the domains where it has discovered exposed data in any third party cache (such as the Google search cache, for example). To put it simply, this means that, as far as we can ascertain, has not been affected by the CloudFlare bug that we detailed earlier.

    CloudFlare has since patched the bug and it is no longer leaking data. It is also yet to find any instance of the bug being exploited. If anything changes, they will be in touch and we'll be sure to let you know ASAP.

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