It happens

I snapped the photo on the right this morning at Penn Station. One of the LCD screens had developed a White Screen of Death. It seems as though the MTA systems are running on an Oracle database and that the database application decided to have a bad hair day this morning.

The error message is interesting though. Instead of being some sort of application error or a stacktrace of the application, the error message is displaying the entire SQL statement that apparently failed to execute correctly.

I do think some security consultant somewhere is going to be quite horrified in seeing that.


1 Response to “It happens”

  • I love error messages. The way it’s indented makes it look like MTA has locked up and forced some poor python programmer to deal with Oracle. Maybe it’s a cry for help.

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