this weekend i made a library for working with activitypub servers
it expands on work i did to try and answer the question "how many dead servers am i connected to?"
once i'm done with the docs (currently in the testing phase) i'll publish it someplace
somebody tell me about the activitypub threat model for when a server's domain name expires and years later is bought by a malicious party in order to assume the role or rights of a specific actor
@garbados thanks i hate it
@garbados I was thinking about this very same thing today as I was cleaning up my follows of dead instances
They should expire after a week or two of no contact.
@garbados dead fedi servers make up so much garbage in sidekiq
@adasauce i was astounded to learn there's no garbage collection process for dealing with them
@adasauce someone's gonna buy an obscure domain name that happened to belong to a masto instance years ago and find themselves bombarded by the federated timeline's collective traffic, a force tantamount to a distributed attack.
@garbados i started issuing domain blocks for a while as a stopgap, but it was a huge pain and started adding a bunch of load going through and deleting local content and media.
gave up after a while
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