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GPX planner problems

GPX planner problems


Postby PeteR » Sun Apr 21, 2019 1:33 pm

Is there a hickup with the technology today (Easter Sunday)? When I plot a route on the GPS planner all is well, but as soon as I go to download I get told:

Forbidden

You don't have permission to access /maps/gpxout.php on this server.


It's never been a problem for me before, so not sure if it's something with my machine or an issue with the kit back at WH HQ - not used to the sun shining on a bankholiday weekend perhaps :lol:
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Re: GPX planner problems

Postby gammy leg walker » Sun Apr 21, 2019 2:08 pm

PeteR wrote:Is there a hickup with the technology today (Easter Sunday)? When I plot a route on the GPS planner all is well, but as soon as I go to download I get told:

Forbidden

You don't have permission to access /maps/gpxout.php on this server.


It's never been a problem for me before, so not sure if it's something with my machine or an issue with the kit back at WH HQ - not used to the sun shining on a bankholiday weekend perhaps :lol:



This may not be much help,but I've just downloaded this route from WH onto my GPS Garmin 64 and no issues

https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/torridon/bideinachoiresheasgaich.shtml
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Re: GPX planner problems

Postby Paul Webster » Sun Apr 21, 2019 2:09 pm

We've been having a DDoS attack from China in recent days, and as a result have increased some of the security checks on the site, to root out bad traffic. It sounds like these have affected exporting GPX tracks from the route planner. I'm looking into this now.
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Re: GPX planner problems

Postby Paul Webster » Sun Apr 21, 2019 2:15 pm

If you want to try again, let me know if it now lets you get the file.
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Re: GPX planner problems

Postby mynthdd2 » Sun Apr 21, 2019 9:49 pm

What is a ddos attack? And how do you know it’s China? (Just curious really....)
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Re: GPX planner problems

Postby Scottk » Sun Apr 21, 2019 11:26 pm

I got the same message when trying to upload a walk report this morning. When it did eventually work, I had lost half of the words! Luckily it was pretty short and worked fine afterwards.
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Re: GPX planner problems

Postby PeteR » Mon Apr 22, 2019 9:51 am

Thanks Paul.

I was able to upload my plotted routes last night no bother. Looks like it might be an intermittent issue still though from others comments.
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Re: GPX planner problems

Postby Pastychomper » Thu Apr 25, 2019 10:14 am

mynthdd2 wrote:What is a ddos attack? And how do you know it’s China? (Just curious really....)

DDoS = Distributed Denial of Service. That's where multiple different computers all request something time-consuming from the same server at the same time, with the aim of overloading the server. It's one of the more popular ways to bring down someone's website.

It's possible to tell the country of origin from the originating IP addresses, though aiui attackers like to use other people's compromised machines* by remote control, so all it really tells you is where the compromised machines are. The induhvidual(s) behind it could be anywhere.

Thanks to Paul et al for keeping the site going while this was going on.


*Another reason to keep your security up to date.
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