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April 6, 2012

More on the Tumblr code injection we spotted — how to avoid it.

sushiinthecan asks: So, is there anything we can do to avoid this? Or at least know if what we are about to reblog is infected?

» SFB says: Yes — the key thing is to check your browser to make sure there’s nothing rogue on it (say, extensions you didn’t install) and to be sure everything is updated to the latest version, and as far as reblogging stuff, click on the “HTML” tag in the posting interface to view the source code. If there is something there that shouldn’t be — it’d look similar to the top image on our last post, particularly the top line — delete it. It appears to be a browser hijack rather than a theme hijack, as it adds the code to the bottom of posts, but users can spread the offending code on their own Tumblrs unwittingly. It looks like the code adds ad links to affected Tumblrs. — Ernie @ SFB

11:53 // 2 years ago

Of note/concern: Early this morning, we spotted a Tumblr user who was unknowingly having spyware injected onto their reblogs. We could tell this because of code added at the bottom of their pages. No word of how widespread this is, but doing a search shows that multiple Tumblrs are affected by the code injection. Suffice it to say: Be careful what you reblog.

EDIT: Some advice on how to avoid the hijack.

11:20 // 2 years ago