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Ovid (2709)

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Stuff with the Perl Foundation. A couple of patches in the Perl core. A few CPAN modules. That about sums it up.

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Sunday February 22, 2009
05:46 PM

What a phenomenally bad web site error

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I won't name the site because I don't want crackers looking into this, but here's a fascinating error message I received when trying to create an account.

alter table users_new add column 39b6c79e6a45fa57dfefca048bb1d0ce' in 'where clause' varchar(255) null
Unknown column '39b6c79e6a45fa57dfefca048bb1d0ce' in 'where clause'

Obviously, I did not write this software :)

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  • That’s worthy of a DailyWTF submission.

    • Can I be snarky and mention that the extension on the page was .php? :)

      I'm still trying to figure out exactly what the heck they were thinking.

      • You sure can. :-P

        And yeah, one column per user? WTH?

        • I was thinking that too, but it can't be it. This particular web site has a moderate amount of traffic and for them to use it, they have to be authenticated. So a table with that many columns is just going to fall over. I'm guessing (hoping) this is some database migration SQL which somehow is trying to get applied per user.

  • I hope Little Bobby Tables never signs up for that site, for their sake

    • Heh :) XKCD for the win. (I tried thinking of a more subtle reply, but couldn't. Sigh)