Spurious mysql garbage from outer space... (6 posts)

  1. hj
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I’ve recently had to backup a mysql database (wordpress) as we are moving to a new server.

    I opened it out of interest and found all sorts of spurious rubbish which has nothing to do with our site or subject matter..and definitely no content we ever entered! Here’s a sample of typical stuff which accounts for a significant proportion of the sql file:

    “0:{}s:8:”xml_base”;s:0:”“;s:17:”xml_base_explicit”;b:0;s:8:”xml_lang”;s:0:”“;}}}s:32:”http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/”;a:1:{s:7:”creator”;a:1:{i:0;a:5:{s:4:”data”;s:11:”Ryan Markel”;s:7:”attribs”;a:0:{}s:8:”xml_base”;s:0:”“;s:17:”xml_base_explicit”;b:0;s:8:”xml_lang”;s:0:”“;}}}}}i:29;a:6:{s:4:”data”;s:13:”\n \n \n \n \n \n \n”;s:7:”attribs”;a:0:{}s:8:”xml_base”;s:0:”“;s:17:”xml_base_explicit”;b:0;s:8:”xml_lang”;s:0:”“;s:5:”child”;a:2:{s:0:”“;a:5:{s:5:”title”;a:1:{i:0;a:5:{s:4:”data”;s:23:”Dev Blog: Tweet, Tweet!”;s:7:”attribs”;a:0:{}s:8:”xml_base”;s:0:”“;s:17:”xml_base_explicit”;b:0;s:8:”xml_lang”;s:0:”“;}}s:4:”guid”;a:1:{i:0;a:5:{s:4:”data”;s:40:”http://wordpress.org/development/?p=1297”;s:7:”attribs”;a:0:{}s:8:”xml_base”;s:0:”“;s:17:”xml_base_explicit”;b:0;s:8:”xml_lang”;s:0:”“;}}s:4:”link”;a:1:{i:0;a:5:{s:4:”data”;s:53:”http://wordpress.org/development/2010/04/tweet-tweet/”;s:7:”attribs”;a:0:{}s:8:”xml_base”;s:0:”“;s:17:”xml_base_explicit”;b:0;s:8:”xml_lang”;s:0:”“;}}s:11:”description”;a:1:{i:0;a:5:{s:4:”data”;s:3977:”<p>This post is about the @WordPress Twitter account, so if you don’t use Twitter, or don’t care about Twitter, then feel free to take the time you might have spent reading this post to go play outside (or an equivalent) instead.</p>\n<p>Okay, so, Twitter! When all those apps started popping up using the Twitter API, things like automatically following anyone who followed you and sending an automatic Direct Message seemed like good ideas. We’re all friends, right? Wrong. That auto-follow bit us hard, and the huge amount of spam the account gets means that it’s been nearly impossible to monitor legitimate messages from WordPress users and developers who need to be pointed to a help resource. We’re sorry! Just as we needed to get ..”

    etc etc. and there’s acres of this stuff!

    It sounds like some kind of RSS chatter to me, but why is it getting into my database?

    This wordpress site was experimental, not advertised to the blog world when it was set up, and has been developed by a few people adding a small amount of content, mostly static page stuff. Comments are disabled throughout the site. I think we have a feedburner plugin, I can't quite remember, but we are certainly not subscribing (knowingly anyway) to any other feeds or sites.

    What's going on? I feel like I'm running someone else's chat site for them! Is my database being hacked?


  2. Samuel B

    Posted 6 years ago #

    that's stuff relating to the rss feeds from wordpress in the dashboard

  3. hj
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Hi samboll, thanks.

    Is it normal to load itself on your database? Can I turn it off?

  4. hj
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Hmm...no more offers on this?

    Basically I want to stop my database filling up with other peoples' garbage.

    Surely there's a way to exclude this 'incoming chatter'..?

  5. Samuel B

    Posted 6 years ago #

    guess I lost track of this thread

    if on the link bars - like "Incoming links". "Development News", etc. - if you hover to the far right of the bar, you will see a "configure" link
    clicking on this will offer you options

  6. hj
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Thanks for that.

    Not sure what the options mean, I just deleted the feed addresses! Hope that does the trick.

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