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Very strange directory name -> server crashing?

Very strange directory name -> server crashing?

Monday 21 April 2008 2:06:00 pm - 3 replies

I noticed in our website a whole bunch of very long directory names, as
var/siteaccess/storage/images/teasers/a-very-very-very-very-very-very-very-very-very-very-very-very-very-very-very-very-very-very-long-title-of-article/1783097-2-eng-GB/bin/bin/bin/bin/bin/bin/bin/bin/cronjobs/... I estimate the /bin/bin is repeated something like 20 times!!!

I was told by my sysadmin that is a known problem with web programs that if the url is to long you can sometimes gain root access to the underlining os, which anyway is not great

But in addition, we start to suspect that could be the reason why our ftp has been crashing a lot recently, making me unable to connect to upload files.

Is there anything as a max directory length which if you overflow it create all those strange /bin/bin/bin/bin/bin/bin/bin/bin/bin/bin.. ?
Would be grateful about any clue, it would help me to fix it


Modified on Monday 21 April 2008 2:12:38 pm by Claire M

Tuesday 06 May 2008 3:51:30 pm

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Modified on Tuesday 06 May 2008 3:52:50 pm by Mads Ovesen

Tuesday 06 May 2008 3:52:11 pm

I once experienced a similar problem that generated very long filenames. The reason for this was because the filename contained speciel characters. I don't know if it is of any help.

Tuesday 27 January 2015 9:39:31 am

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