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Old 30 Jul 2006, 03:04
D2S05 D2S05 is offline
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Question How do I get sure I'm not being hacked?

Hi, I'm not sure if this is the correct subforum, feel free to move it if it's not.

I've been contacted by an agent from, this guy offered me $50.00 USD in advance each month for introducing text ads in our vb board. When I accepted, he sent me not a HTTP code as I though he would, but some php and xml files and I'd like to be sure those files are completely safe:

The instructions:

* Upload the empty file named ad_network_ads_405.txt set the web server to have write permissions to this file. An easy way to set the permissions would be with the following command:

chmod 666 ad_network_ads_265.txt

* Upload ad_network_405.php (note both files should be uploaded to the root of the forums)
* In the Styles/Templates section of the Admin section, edit the SHOWTHREAD_SHOWPOST, printthread and footer templates, and add the following to it (somewhere appropriate):


# Import product-advertising_links.xml under AdminCP -> Plugin System -> Manage Products -> Add/Import Product
The xml file:

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The php file:

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Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

If you find anything suspicious or find them clean I'd really appreciate your opinion as I don't understand a bit of php or xml programming.

Thank you!

Last edited by peterska2; 30 Jul 2006 at 03:07. Reason: added code tags
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Old 30 Jul 2006, 12:28
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The XML is fine - it's just the vb product file to upload the plugins.

The php is quite complicated so it's hard to say really, do you have some reason to suspect it ?
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Old 30 Jul 2006, 16:00
D2S05 D2S05 is offline
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Yes, i never heard before about ads that would need this kind of scripts, and the emails received from the agent never were signed with phones, complete company name, charge, etc. He never sent a brochure or something, and Its maybe nothing, but as I am not sure I'm still investigating... I won't make a step until I know for sure these codes are safe.
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Old 30 Jul 2006, 16:06
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have you considered google adsense or yahoo publishers network? they are somewhat more repuitable.
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Old 30 Jul 2006, 16:12
Marco van Herwaarden Marco van Herwaarden is offline
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What i think it does is that it will pull the content (didn't really check the script) from an external server. That means that even if it is ok now, they could remotely insert unsecure things. Personally i would only allow this from well known trusted sites.

I don't know this website, but that means not much, not very familiar with advertisement suplliers.
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Old 31 Jul 2006, 05:47
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What would be the worst escenario in case these guys were malicious?, I mean, introducing these scripts would put in danger the integrity of the whole forum?, we really don't need that much the money, I'm just curious about it... I think we'll check for google ads...

Thanks to you all.
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