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vbStopForumSpam - known spammer lookup for new registrations
Mod Version: 0.61, by pedigree (Coder) pedigree is offline
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vB Version: 3.6.1 Rating: (179 votes - 4.84 average) Installs: 1987
Released: 17 Apr 2008 Last Update: 27 Jan 2010 Downloads: 6589
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vbStopForumSpam

This provides access to a RBL type system for forum admins, listing known spam IP / email / usernames. The RBL database is provided by www.stopforumspam.com. You do NOT need an API key from the website in order to access the database. only to submit data if you should wish to do so.

At the point of user registration, the mod checks if the IP number / provided username / email addresses appear on a block list and can block the registration.

Whilst this isnt the most perfect way to stop all forum spam, its another step that spammers have to overcome.

VB4 here http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showt...hreadid=230921
Its the same code, it works in 3.54 to 4.0


What it does

It checks with a remote database of known forum spammers. Their IP number, email address and forum username are tested and based on your configuration, you can reject / log / accept user registrations based on what you get back.

This version doesnt have
- whitelisting or the ability to submit users to the database but it will within the next week.
- automatic user deletion / post / PM purging. There are good tools out there already, this does something else.

Instructions are included in the installation.txt file - PLEASE read it first and dont forget to actually upload the files in the upload folder, otherwise it WILL kill your registration progress and you wont see the log file options in admincp. You do not need to download the product-vbstopforumspam-3.54.xml file unless you are using a vBulletin version older than 3.6.0

Changes to vB
- 3 new database tables
- 2 database table alternations
- No new templates.
- 2 Hook (register_addmember_process & register_addmember_complete)

Ive tested it but had feedback that it works with versions as old as 3.6.2... Support should go back to older versions, as long as they have hook support for register_addmember_process / register_addmember_complete

Known to work - tested by me
- vBulletin 3.6.8 on Apache 2.2 / PHP 5.1.2 on Linux using cUrl
- vBulletin 3.7 Gold on Apache 2.0 / PHP 4.4.3 on Windows without cUrl (template changes wont work on 3.7 - thats in the next version with auto template changes)

For code to submit spammers to the database, check this post for code changes
http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showp...&postcount=288

Reported in the thread to work
- 3.6.1, 3.6.2, 3.6.9, 3.6.10, 3.7.0, 3.7.1, 3.7.2, 3.7.3, 3.74, 3.80, 3.81, 3.82, 3.83, 3.8.4, 4.0beta3


If you have 3.54, then you can use the product-vbstopforumspam-3.54.xml file attached instead of the one in the ZIP file, which will allow older vBulletin versions to access this mods' features. I personally havent tested this version, its a user contribution, thanks to Darrell Mobley, that changes the way the XML works when imported into older versions.

Installers should remember to refresh their ACP navigation window when they first install it so they can see the new log file menu item.

REQUIRES MySQL 4.1.1+

Future versions
- Automatic integration into vBulletin to add users to the stopForumSpam.com database from a form
- Whitelisting of username / IP / email addresses
- AJAX integration to allow for lookups from within the users profile
- Decreased remote query count from three per user to one per user.

Versions / Changes

0.1 Initial Release

0.2 pedigrees special brew birthday release.
- Small security update. If you have 0.1 installed, download 0.2 and replace your existing functions_vbsfs.php with the one in the archive. It just tests to see if its running inside the VB framework before anything else. This is what happens when you code at 2am after drinking wine

0.3
- stopped it processing valid registrations twice
- moved all non-function code into the plugin. Not a big one as 0.2 basically did that
- fixed a typo in the log pruner that stopped it working (404)
- removed unused fields from the database for people with mysql that doesnt support varchar > 255 (ie mySQL4). If you have 0.2 installed and dont need to prune your logs just yet, you dont really need to install this version but can instead wait for 1.0 unless of a massive security update.

0.4
- logs registrations that arent/wouldnt be blocked
- fixed XML errors when username has a space it in
- tightened up the cache so that it doesnt test a username against an email name to give a bypass result (for when a username is an email address that isnt banned where the email address is)
- fixed some basic logic errors in the PHP

0.6
- Should work on PHP 4.4 now - rewrote the XML with PHP4 in mind (tested on Apache2.0/PHP 4.4.3)
- Fixed a caching system where data wasnt being updated correctly which could cause a remote query when one wasnt needed
- Possible false negative situation when a spammer was blocked due to SFS.com being down who then visited again when it was up but within the cache expiry time
- Remote query failure when the result page isnt XML should work a bit better now. It does a very basic test for valid XML results.
- Fixed log purging (again) and it should actually work properly now.
- No longer requires PHP5
- The log viewer now links to a user profile when registration is allowed.

v0.61 - Removed a template change that was invalid vBulletin code. The package you download will still say its 0.60 however

NB : When upgrading from any version to 0.6, you must remove and then add the plugin due to changes in one of the database tables

You need to have an API key from www.stopforumspam.com in order to submit data, its free and easy to get... You DONT need an API key in order to use this mod however, only to submit spammer data.

Issues are
- The usergroup permissions / view details etc DONT work. I jumped the gun and put the permissions controls in there before I put the code in. Please delete the includes/xml/bitfield_vbstopforumspam.xml file and rebuild your postbit

Installation
- Follow the instructions in the zip file, that includes upload the correct folders
- ONLY download the 3.54 xml file if youre using a vbulletin version prior to 3.6.0. use this file to install the mod instead of the xml file in the zip file.

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  #1156  
Old 12 Mar 2012, 12:07
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A legit user says he is unable to sign up as he is being notified he is a potential spammer - how do I unblock him? I just searched for his IP address in the database but couldn't find it.
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Old 12 Mar 2012, 12:16
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The block could be on the username he tried to register with. When I get that situation, I tell them to use a more unique username.
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Old 12 Mar 2012, 13:03
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Originally Posted by vidmarc View Post
A legit user says he is unable to sign up as he is being notified he is a potential spammer - how do I unblock him? I just searched for his IP address in the database but couldn't find it.
Had the same problem while i was creating a test account for myself.
Had to uninstall until i can fix this problem or find a result here.
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Old 12 Mar 2012, 19:18
kylek kylek is offline
 
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Real name: Kyle
Disable username check.
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Old 12 Mar 2012, 22:52
vidmarc vidmarc is offline
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
He tried using a different username and he's still unable to register. Makes me wonder how many other users are being denied and not reporting it to me.
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  #1161  
Old 23 Apr 2012, 02:30
watchxchange watchxchange is offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Forum registration is stopped by VBStopForumSpam plugin

My forum suddenly stop new member registration by VBStopForumSpam. Registration resume when I temporarily turned off the Plugin. If I turn on, there are lots of spam posting on the forum.

It affects all registrations. I have tried turning on and off several times to test the registration and therefore confirmed this is the case.

What can I do? Why it happen suddenly?

Forum version: vBulletin 4.1.9 Admin Control Panel

Appreciate your advise.
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  #1162  
Old 23 Apr 2012, 21:32
edie edie is offline
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
I am having the same problem. No one can register. But when I turn off Glowhost, they can register now.

I had TONS OF MALWARE on my site.. it was all over my Forum, and Google displayed that my site was "not safe". Freaks me out that you guys posted here that VBStopForumSpam is the culprit.

Anything being done about this guys?
- Super Concerned.
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  #1163  
Old 30 Apr 2012, 23:22
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ozmazdaclub ozmazdaclub is offline
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
how can i report a spammer directly from the product instead of manually having to go and enter their details in.
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  #1164  
Old 30 Apr 2012, 23:32
DAMINK DAMINK is offline
 
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The coder has not been on since last year so i suspect this mod will be getting uninstalled on many forums.
Sucks really as its a damn good mod.
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  #1165  
Old 28 May 2012, 22:08
hotshot hotshot is offline
 
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Does it still work?
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Old 29 May 2012, 01:07
rob4448585 rob4448585 is offline
 
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Originally Posted by hotshot View Post
Does it still work?
yes works great
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Old 12 Jun 2012, 10:30
cronjob78 cronjob78 is offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
A lot of genuine users are getting rejected lately so I am considering disabling this plugin, even though it has served the forum well for a few years.

Our forum is a local one so ideally I'd like to block the usual suspect countries.
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  #1168  
Old 03 Jul 2012, 16:03
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pmkb pmkb is offline
 
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Originally Posted by JamesC70 View Post
AdminCP -> Statistics & Logs -> vbStopForumSpam Logs -> Delete

It's directly below the option where you view the SFS logs.
Excellent. Anyone know if it is possible to have vB automate the log pruning? I've had this mod running for a few years now and just checked the log today to find over 100K entries.
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Old 10 Jul 2012, 05:00
b3zra1y b3zra1y is offline
 
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So.... the upshot of recent posts on this plugin suggest that it can no longer be relied on as a stable plugin.

Which begs the question... what are vBulltin customers supposed to do to keep out the 'bad guys' ???
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Old 10 Jul 2012, 05:10
rob4448585 rob4448585 is offline
 
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Originally Posted by b3zra1y View Post
So.... the upshot of recent posts on this plugin suggest that it can no longer be relied on as a stable plugin.

Which begs the question... what are vBulltin customers supposed to do to keep out the 'bad guys' ???

Works fine for me. Haven't had an issue for years.
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