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From "Dave Brondsema" <>
Subject [allura:tickets] #7378 RSS feeds shouldn't include comments held for moderation [ss7527]
Date Tue, 12 Aug 2014 17:23:29 GMT
The fix is applied to Allura on SF, but only affects new comments going forward, sorry.  Hope
you get some new comments soon and the old spam comments will drop off the end of the rss


** [tickets:#7378] RSS feeds shouldn't include comments held for moderation [ss7527]**

**Status:** closed
**Milestone:** forge-jul-25
**Labels:** support p3 42cc 
**Created:** Wed May 07, 2014 07:03 PM UTC by Chris Tsai
**Last Updated:** Tue Aug 05, 2014 10:12 PM UTC
**Owner:** nobody

Ref: [forge:site-support:#7527]

>There is a serious bug releated to the RSS with the projects news on SF that allows anyone
to post comments to a news, and have their posts published directly to the RSS news feed without
any moderation. This can be easily exploited by spammers.
As an example, yesterday I received 3 spam comments on a news I posted. I never accepted those
comments, and I marked them as spam. HOWEVER, they appeared anyway (and -worst of all- they
still are present) in the RSS news feed.

>This is the news URL:
and this is the RSS feed that includes the SPAM comments that were never approved (I also
attach a screenshot):

>The consequences of having comments propagated to the RSS feed prior to moderation and
even when they are deleted is the propagation of the content to other websites that read that
In the official Podcast Generator project website, for example, I show automatically the latest
3 news from that RSS feed generated by Sourceforge: hence I had in the home page 3 spam news
since yesterday (now I filtered them manually).
The worst consequence of this bug, however, is that my open source software retrieves the
last entry from the official news RSS feed and displays it by default in the admin section,
therefore thousands of users are currently seeing a SPAM message displayed in their admin
section and I have no way to correct this (until you fix this issue).

>Thank you in advance,

User also provided a [screenshot](


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