possible overview bug

Russ Allbery rra at stanford.edu
Sun Apr 10 04:00:44 UTC 2005

rone <rone at ennui.org> writes:

> This is 2.3.5.  Some Brazilian hosting spammer wrecked a bunch of our
> newsgroups' overview.DAT files.  They looked like this:

> 1441    host hospedagem profissional por 2,99 ao =?ISO-8859-1?Q?m=EAs?= "hostguia hospedagem dominio" <host at hospedagem.dominio.com>     Mon, 14 Mar 2005 18:56:57 -0300 <d151cq$6ah$37 at foru122

> Note that there was no newline at the end of that line.  The article
> in question:

I think there was a subsequent thread about this, but I'm not positive.
It looks like that overview entry was truncated, which is disturbing, and
I'm not sure where the 122 would have come from at the end of that line.
It doesn't look like it would be the beginning of the number of the next
overview record.  Maybe it was supposed to be the byte count, which is the
next field?

Unfortunately, I don't see anything even remotely unusual about that
article to have caused such a problem.  I'd suspect some sort of special
characters, but it looks like that message ID is generated by your local
news server, so that doesn't even make much sense.

I'm stumped on this one.

Russ Allbery (rra at stanford.edu)             <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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