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cyberphr
19 Aug 2006, 20:22
Extended version by vbshazz.com

Original hack by UbuntuniX, now extended / supported ONLY by vBShazz.com.

Okay so we all need security right?

Well if you want extra sucurity it helps to remove the vbulletin version,
this way if someone wants to use an exploit on you they won't know the version!

vBulletin version will be removed from the following pages:

Board Index
Admin Login
Mod Login
Archives

Note: This hack is not intended to show you how to remove vbulletin copyright!

First, login to admin control panel.
Under Styles & Templates tab go Style Manager | Select skin and click Edit Templates on dropdown menu | Edit Footer template
Find:
<div align="center">
<div class="smallfont" align="center">
<!-- Do not remove this copyright notice -->
$vbphrase[powered_by_vbulletin]
<!-- Do not remove this copyright notice -->
</div>

Replace with:
<div align="center">
<div class="smallfont" align="center">
<!-- Do not remove this copyright notice -->
Powered by vBulletin
<br />
Copyright ? 2000 - 2006, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
<!-- Do not remove this copyright notice -->
</div>


The version is now removed from the footer.
Now we'll remove it from the admin/mod login.

Edit includes/adminfunctions.php

Find:
<b><a href="../<?php echo $vbulletin->options['forumhome']; ?>.php"><?php echo $vbulletin->options['bbtitle']; ?></a></b><br />
<?php echo "vBulletin " . $vbulletin->options['templateversion'] . " $pagetitle"; ?><br />

Replace With:
<b><a href="../<?php echo $vbulletin->options['forumhome']; ?>.php"><?php echo $vbulletin->options['bbtitle']; ?></a></b><br />
<?php echo "vBulletin Admin Control Panel"; ?><br />

Open ./forum/archive/index.php file
Find:
<div id="copyright\">$vbphrase[vbulletin_copyright]</div>

Replace With:
<div>vBShazz.com Copyright ©2006<br />Powered by vBulletin Copyright ©2000 - 2006, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.</div>
^Change it to what you want


-Enjoy
----------------------
UbuntuniX
Shazz

Brandon Sheley
19 Aug 2006, 21:14
u can just search your phrases, and remove this ;)

only one step, no template edits are needed :)

Shazz
19 Aug 2006, 21:29
^I said that on the last thread :)
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Snake
19 Aug 2006, 22:15
I don't think this would be a good idea. Besides it's kinda like altering the copyright notice without purchasing the branding fee option. If vBulletin finds out about this, then I think they'll sue your ass up! :p

MentaL
19 Aug 2006, 22:40
I think this is against the TOS.

LandRover
19 Aug 2006, 22:41
You aware you can still view it from page's source:
<meta name="generator" content="vBulletin 3.xxxx" >

FleaBag
19 Aug 2006, 22:43
I don't think this would be a good idea. Besides it's kinda like altering the copyright notice without purchasing the branding fee option. If vBulletin finds out about this, then I think they'll sue your ass up! :p

Sue him for what? How has he damaged them? At most they would revoke his license, which they will not - as Jelsoft allow version removal.

Shazz
19 Aug 2006, 22:47
Sue him for what? How has he damaged them? At most they would revoke his license, which they will not - as Jelsoft allow version removal.
He probablly dosen't know what hes doing right now though..:tired:
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Code Monkey
19 Aug 2006, 22:59
It is not a violation to remove the version. Relax. Though it is much easier to edit the phrase.

Neal-UK
19 Aug 2006, 23:15
I'm sure someone would visit vbulletin.com if they really wanted to hurt a site to see which version someone is running, just type vbulletin x.x.x in google and see sites of all versions.

Just a point, but nice mod though. At least you can do it, wish I could!

Ntfu2
19 Aug 2006, 23:16
for real people, calm down. Its not your liscense thats going to be revoked and thats the most jelsoft will do 9 times outta 10. Oh and if they are feeling real good, they try to get your hosting company to remove your account :)

But anyway, i still wonder why someone would take all those steps to remove something controled by phrases anyway, and then even remove it from the AdminCP like the public can access that :???:

FleaBag
20 Aug 2006, 00:34
I think he means just from the login page.

cyberphr
20 Aug 2006, 01:00
You aware you can still view it from page's source:
<meta name="generator" content="vBulletin 3.xxxx" >

Yes I'm aware of that..

And I'm doing nothing illegal here; the copyright is staying intact,
just the version is removed.

If Jelsoft has a problem with this they can remove it ;)

It is not a violation to remove the version. Relax. Though it is much easier to edit the phrase.
Yes it is, but why do it when the point is just to remove parts viewable by members and guests?

You might want your staff to know.

Shazz
20 Aug 2006, 01:04
Yes I'm aware of that..

And I'm doing nothing illegal here; the copyright is staying intact,
just the version is removed.

If Jelsoft has a problem with this they can remove it ;)


Yes it is, but why do it when the point is just to remove parts viewable by members and guests?

You might want your staff to know.
I didn't say that . I don't know how you got my name in there.
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Nxs
20 Aug 2006, 01:06
Version number is also shown on "Archive" page

I just edited the phrase to remove the version number from the footer and archive page, my mod/admincp have .htaccess files to lock them down anyway.

Still need to look into the page source tho :) just haven't got round to it.

utw-Mephisto
20 Aug 2006, 01:12
You can also enable debug mode and then you have another option

vBulletin Options > vBulletin Options > Version Info and Other Untouchables

and there you can change it to whatever ..

lasto
20 Aug 2006, 10:18
if u was always upto date then u would`nt need to remove version number - so be vigilant cause there is a lot of script kiddies out there who would love nothing better than to bring your site down.

Snake
20 Aug 2006, 12:31
It is not a violation to remove the version. Relax. Though it is much easier to edit the phrase.
And what makes you say that? And we still haven't heard anything from the staff on this site yet.

rasp187
20 Aug 2006, 12:35
This has been exhausted over and over on vBulletin.com. It's fine to remove the version number, though you have to keep the copyright information.

Selene
20 Aug 2006, 13:06
exactly this hack is fine. its totally fine to remove version.

Floris
20 Aug 2006, 16:14
Hey Everybody,

I'd like to point out that it is against the license agreement to remove the copyright from the pages. And yes, users who do violate the license agreement, by for example removing the copyright completely, will get contacted by Jelsoft; we won't immediately start sueing people, but you do run the risk of having your license(s) suspended.

However, what is allowed is to remove the version number from the copyright notice.

Please note that the minimum the copyright must read is:

Powered by: vBulletin, Copyright ©2000 - 2006, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

2006 obviously being replaced by the current year.

That said, note that this removal is a false sense of security as any java script can be downloaded and also shows the footer, in which it has the copyright, or the archive, or the generator, or other elements.

I would recommend against touching the "untouchables" from the admin control panel > vb options as these variables are also used during upgrade.

cyberphr
20 Aug 2006, 17:26
I didn't say that . I don't know how you got my name in there.

oops,
sorry wrong person I quoted lol.

Anyway I will update this at times,
currently it is ust for basic parts an exploiter would look.

^ And thanks for pointing that out dude :)

Floris
20 Aug 2006, 23:53
To stay compliant with w3c.org I recommend to not use the (c) sign directly but use &copy;

cyberphr
21 Aug 2006, 12:46
Alright.

I'll update it for the meta & other stuff later.

jyajay
11 Oct 2006, 02:17
Ok this hack is fine but what you guys missed is the image at the AdminCP login site. If you make a mouseover the version number appears anyway.

One line above your edit the adminfunctions.php says this:

<td><img src="../cpstyles/<?php echo $vbulletin->options['cpstylefolder']; ?>/cp_logo.gif" alt="" title="<?php echo $vbphrase['vbulletin_copyright']; ?>" border="0" /></td>

So it is the vbulletin_copyright phrase, is it allowed to remove this one? I mean it is just a picture text. ;)

kall
12 Oct 2006, 06:28
Ok this hack is fine but what you guys missed is the image at the AdminCP login site. If you make a mouseover the version number appears anyway.

One line above your edit the adminfunctions.php says this:

<td><img src="../cpstyles/<?php echo $vbulletin->options['cpstylefolder']; ?>/cp_logo.gif" alt="" title="<?php echo $vbphrase['vbulletin_copyright']; ?>" border="0" /></td>

So it is the vbulletin_copyright phrase, is it allowed to remove this one? I mean it is just a picture text. ;)
Which again begs the question: Why not just change the phrase?

This modification is like deciding to change the word 'forum' everywhere by hacking php files and multiple templates.

eXtremeTim
12 Oct 2006, 07:15
Which again begs the question: Why not just change the phrase?

This modification is like deciding to change the word 'forum' everywhere by hacking php files and multiple templates.
Agreed.

jyajay
12 Oct 2006, 12:50
Couldn't somebody told us that a little earlier? :banana:

Shazz
12 Oct 2006, 16:36
Couldn't somebody told us that a little earlier? :banana:
Read the first and 2nd post..

bandare
12 Oct 2006, 18:57
great.... worked a treat - thanks!

FRANKTHETANK 2
25 Dec 2006, 08:08
you can just remove this in the Footer

$vbphrase[powered_by_vbulletin]

and you are don it is in vbulletin 3.6.4

Shazz
25 Dec 2006, 08:11
Shouldn't this be in the template section ? :confused:

FRANKTHETANK 2
27 Dec 2006, 07:07
yea it is

it is in the footer

HPIA
27 Dec 2006, 07:32
Wow...I cant see anyone needing to use this for starters.

cyberphr
27 Dec 2006, 15:20
Posted the extended version, credit goes to Shazz.

FRANKTHETANK 2
31 Dec 2006, 08:46
you can do this if you donít want too update you're vbulletin

and just edit it youíre self like this

wean you remove that just put this in that spot

Powered by vBulletin Version 3.6.4 <br>

Copyright ©2000 - 2006, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.



and their you go.


I would take credit for that but idk

grandfso
02 Jan 2007, 11:56
You can still check the version in other places. Believe me, hackers know about this.
http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/clientscript/vbulletin_global.js (on the beggining)

And check the source of this page - <meta name="generator" content="vBulletin 3.6.4" />
This hack give no security

Realm of Horror Comics
13 Feb 2007, 17:22
Thanks for this! Great hack. :)

The Finman
14 Feb 2007, 00:02
Ummmmmm...as some other members have already pointed out...there are much easier/better ways to remove the version number, but why is a hack/thread by someone that has been "banned" still open? :confused:

kall
14 Feb 2007, 00:12
A member being banned doesn't necessarily mean that all of their contributions will be removed.

In some cases, there would be more punishment to the community than the banned person, especially if it is only a temporary ban.

Monyet
13 Jun 2007, 05:32
thanx a lot :)

bdtechtalk
19 Sep 2007, 20:32
Cool Hack - great for absolute beginners !

Mrdby
19 Sep 2007, 22:21
So could someone post a demo?