As many of you probably know, the Project Wonderland open source site has been experiencing an extended outage on The site was attacked by hackers who apparently exploited a security hole and did considerable damage. The news today is unfortunately not encouraging. The service provider, CollabNet, says they believe it will take at least another 24 hours before we can expect to see the forums and wiki back on-line. The one bit of good news is that the whole site is not down. You can still access the home page, the binary download page, the source code repository, and the issue tracker.

We are by no means the only open source project impacted by the outage.  Sun has sent a number of employees over to CollabNet to help with the process of getting things back up and running.  In the mean time, we will use the blog to keep you up-to-date on the situation. We apologize for the outage and will continue to pressure CollabNet to restore service as soon as possible. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that we haven’t lost too much data.

Update: I have learned today that the outage has occurred on a portion of the system that is not operated by CollabNet. Since I have minimal information on the topic, I’ll refrain from saying more. We’ll have to wait for the people in charge of to provide us with a detailed account of the outage and what they have done to correct the problems.


11 Responses to Situation

  1. jagwire says:

    Would it be feasible to have a "backup" forum or online environment in the mean time? Perhaps an empty online world for one to post questions on post-it notes? I feel like collabnet has been up and down frequently over the past month or so and a "plan b" solution might be beneficial. Just a suggestion :)

  2. You’re welcome to use the Wonderland "dev" mailing list. To subscribe, go to:
    You have to log in to do this. I got an error logging in, but it actually worked despite the error. To use the mailing list (once you’ve subscribed), send emails to:
    The whole Sun Labs team is subscribed right now as well as a number of community members. The mailing list is archived, so we’ll be able to search the messages.

  3. Eric Renaud says:

    It is unfortunate that the statements made in the blog entry are not complete in explanation or are outright falsehoods, both of which tend to spread FUD.
    1 – The breach was to the Twiki wiki, a 3rd party application hosted separately from CollabNet’s main data center and tied into to’s CMS layer. No CollabNet
    applications have been effected by this, nor
    have any CollabNet applications been compromised.
    2 – At no time did Sun send, or offer to send, employees to assist with the recovery operation. Moreover, no assistance was required.

  4. Eric,
    Thanks for the clarifications. I certainly didn’t intentionally mean to provide misinformation. This is what was communicated to me. I’ve posted an update to the blog.

  5. Douglas says:

    Good luck to everyone working heroically behind the scenes to get things up and running again.
    But I feel lost without the forum :(
    Hopefully Santa will get his cyber-elves cracking …

  6. Santa says:

    Yes, my cyber-elves are on their way. will be up in time for Christmas.

  7. Santa's helper says:

    FYI – Forums are back now! Hopefully wiki won’t be far behind.

  8. Santa's helper says:

    FYI – Forums are back now! Hopefully wiki won’t be far behind.

  9. Forums aren’t accepting posts, and some messages have been lost.
    In other news, I’ve started a group in SecondLife to share information and promote awareness of Project Wonderland amongst SL folks.

  10. Maggie Leber says:

    As of this morning, forums are still not accepting posts.

  11. Nicole Yankelovich says:

    The forums are definitely not working properly yet. Some people can post and some are getting errors. Some of the posts that do get through are showing up only in email and not on the web site. And no sign of the wiki yet. How frustrating!

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