I recently introduced the web team to Confluence. Being..um..enthusistic explorers they began clicking the like button over and over again on various pages to see how many emails they could dump into one anothers inboxes.
I'm grateful that they found this vulnerability in the system but I would like to fix it. Is there a way to require a minimum of a few seconds between clicks on the like button? If not how do I request such a setting in future releases?
Ha ha, that's a cool request. :) Do you think people will stop madly clicking "like" in a day or two?
As far as I know, there's no flood control on the like button. To raise the request, log a ticket on the Confluence issue tracker. Here's a search for requests that contain the word "like" in the issue summary:
I like your blog.
Yeah, I'm sure the guys will move on to a new toy shortly. Their favorite pass time is playing with each others screen preferences when one of them leaves the room.
However, the vulnerability itself could act as the basis for a denial of service attack so its worth bring up. I'll head on over and raise an issue about it.
Entertaining mayhem ensued when our network admin wrote a response rule for himself. It identified spurious like emails and threw back 50 copies to the originator. The initial flurry of 300 emails to him became a reply barrage of 15,000!
As predicted everyone got fed up with the game and things are back to normal.
If the email flooding had continued I would have turned off the "like" function but somehow this little period of play has resulted in stronger uptake of Confluence by everyone in the company.
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