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#1 2017-04-13 19:06:53

Registered: 2017-03-14
Posts: 14

Login Spontaneously Stopped Working

Hi all,

After a recent TXP update to bring everything up to modern standard and clear all bugs, life has been good. But then just today – while editing an article – I found myself ejected from the backend and forced to log back in. And that’s when it gets stranger: my login (admin, and the only active account) was denied!

I’ve made no changes to the server config, nor to Txp. What gives? Any wisdom here would be deeply appreciated.


#2 2017-04-13 19:52:39

From: Leeds, UK
Registered: 2006-01-29
Posts: 8,303

Re: Login Spontaneously Stopped Working

If you can’t log in like that, two likely scenarios:

  • Stale / mangled cookie – try deleting any txp_login cookie(s) then attempt logging in again.
  • Someone else has changed your password: panic!

For the second option, you’ll need to reset your password via MySQL (phpMyAdmin or equivalent):

update txp_users set pass=password('your-pass') where name='your-user';

Once you get back in, check your Admin->Diagnostics to verify that no files have been tampered with. If they have, you’ll need to re-upload a clean Txp from a fresh installation and sweep your server for backdoor files and eliminate them, as well as change your host + MySQL passwords. That’s worst case scenario. The cookie thing is more likely.

Hope that helps.

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#3 2017-04-14 02:40:27

Registered: 2017-03-14
Posts: 14

Re: Login Spontaneously Stopped Working

Now this is curious — I’ve reset my account password through both the SQL command line as well as the more semantic txp_users table – and it immediately popped back to a hacked password. This is ugly.


#4 2017-04-14 03:02:58

Registered: 2017-03-14
Posts: 14

Re: Login Spontaneously Stopped Working

I’m in — and have found the following info printed in Txp Diagnostics:


Textpattern version: 4.6.2 (e33066cbee83626e45c37d5727751521)
Last Update: 2017-03-14 17:24:15/2017-03-14 17:12:14
Document root: /home/superb10/public_html
$path_to_site: /home/superb10/public_html
Textpattern path: /home/superb10/public_html/textpattern
Permanent link mode: year_month_day_title
Temporary directory path: /home/superb10/public_html/textpattern/tmp
Site URL: superbiate.com
PHP version: 5.4.45
GD Image Library: version bundled (2.1.0 compatible), supported formats: GIF, JPG, PNG
Server TZ: America/New_York
Server Local Time: 2017-04-13 22:57:23
DST enabled?: 1
Automatically adjust DST setting?: 1
Time Zone: America/New_York (-18000)
MySQL: 5.6.33-log
db_server_time: 2017-04-13 22:57:23
db_server_timeoffset: 0 s
db_global_timezone: SYSTEM
db_session_timezone: SYSTEM
Locale: en_US.UTF-8
Server: Apache
PHP Server API: cgi-fcgi
RFC 2616 headers: 0
Server OS: Linux 3.10.0-427.18.2.lve1.4.38.el7.x86_64
Active plugins: rss_admin_db_manager-4.4, smd_where_used-0.30
Admin-side theme: classic 4.6.2

Pre-flight check:
Some Textpattern files have been modified: /home/superb10/public_html/rpc/index.php, /home/superb10/public_html/rpc/TXP_RPCServer.php
Clean URL test failed.

.htaccess file contents:
#DirectoryIndex index.php index.html

#Options +FollowSymLinks
#Options -Indexes

<IfModule mod_rewrite.c> RewriteEngine On #RewriteBase /relative/web/path/

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} -f [OR] RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} -d RewriteRule ^(.+) – [PT,L]

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !=/favicon.ico RewriteRule ^(.*) index.php

RewriteCond %{HTTP:Authorization} !^$ RewriteRule .* – [E=REMOTE_USER:%{HTTP:Authorization}]

<Files README.txt> Order allow,deny Deny from all

<Files HISTORY.txt> Order allow,deny Deny from all

<Files “Textpattern Files and Folders.txt”> Order allow,deny Deny from all

#php_value register_globals 0


It’s telling me that /home/superb10/public_html/rpc/index.php & TXP_RPCServer.php were modified. Should I be concerned? And what should I look for in those two spots..?

Yours very gratefully, G.


#5 2017-04-14 05:20:39

From: Cyprus
Registered: 2004-11-20
Posts: 6,640

Re: Login Spontaneously Stopped Working

Some Textpattern files have been modified: /home/superb10/public_html/rpc/index.php, /home/superb10/public_html/rpc/TXP_RPCServer.php

you should re-upload the two files. Or, if you do not use the rpc server you can delete the RPC directory all together.

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#6 2017-04-14 13:03:27

From: Cologne
Registered: 2006-08-15
Posts: 4,096

Re: Login Spontaneously Stopped Working

Additionaly you should change all passwords [Textpattern, database, FTP, email, (other password-protected services in use?), and last not least: webhoster PW(!!)] associated with that website. And similar those from other websites you can administer via that same hosting account.

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