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Check If Your Forum Was Hacked
Mod Version: 1.00, by SEOvB (Member) SEOvB is offline
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vB Version: 4.x.x Rating: (4 votes - 2.50 average) Installs: 29
Released: 05 Nov 2013 Last Update: Never Downloads: 189
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As most of us know, a vulnerability in the install directory was recently found in vBulletin. Due to this vulnerability, thousands of vBulletin-powered sites got hacked; hackers managed to gain access to the AdminCP to inject malicious content.

When a forum is first hacked, hackers create admin accounts for themselves, and that's actually the time where cleanup is most required, to fence off the hackers and enhance security. But, majority of forum owners don't even know they actually got hacked until Google puts a veil on their forum with malware warning page.

At that point, removing the install directory, the main point of entry for hackers, won't help because the forum has already been compromised, and a more thorough checkup is needed to ensure that no malicious code has been injected.


- What This Script Does ?
This script will scan forum templates, plugins, phrases, announcements and forum titles and descriptions to detect potential and confirmed malicious code. It will give you the information you need to determine whether or not your forum has been hacked, and a recommendation on what action to take next.

- Demo Link
You can view a live demo of the script here.

- How to Upload:
Upload SEOvB_Hack_Checker.php in root of forum files on server (Within public_html if forum is installed on root, upload in any other directory if forum is installed on /public_html/exampledirectory)

- How to Access the Script:
Point your browser's address bar to open http://www.YOURFORUMURL.com/forum/SE...ck_Checker.php (Case sensitive and suppose if forum is installed into /forum/ directory on server.)

- New Templates
None.

- Database Changes
None.

- Setup Instructions
No setup is needed.

- What does it do?
It tests for potential and confirmed malicious code in certain sections of your forum database, and it arranges the test results in an easy-to-read table.

If you receive a 'Warning' message, it means that the script detects some code or recent change to your forum that may be cause for concern, but isn't for certain a hack. The script scans for changes made within the last 3 months, so if you have made many changes to your forum skin or mod assortment within the past 3 months, there may be some false positives.

You can review the extra information in the test results section to determine whether or not your forum needs further cleaning. However, even with just one 'Warning', we highly recommend a full investigation and cleanup process to make sure that your forum is safe.

If you receive a 'Hacked' message, it means that your forum has definitely been compromised, and a thorough cleanup needs to be performed ASAP.

If you receive only 'All Clear' messages, it means that your forum has not been hacked.

- Requirements
Should work on all vBulletin versions of 4.x.x

- Uninstall Instructions
Delete SEOvB_Hack_Checker.php file from root of forum files.

- FAQs

- After I remove malicious items from my forum, what this script will do ?
It will say 'All Clear' for the cleared items.

- Some of the items are coming with 'All Clear' except 1, what does it mean ?
Your forum may require cleanup.

- Will it tell me which items are containing warning ?
Yes, it will. It will let you know, if templates are infected, with the template name and last modified by whom.

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Old 08 Nov 2013, 13:20
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I appreicate this mod very much. I was wondering what if there were malicious things that happened around 6 months ago? should I still use this plugin?
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Old 08 Nov 2013, 13:44
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Originally Posted by Wolver2 View Post
I appreicate this mod very much. I was wondering what if there were malicious things that happened around 6 months ago? should I still use this plugin?
If you're familiar with php then you can just adjust this line:


Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

Change the last "3" to "6" then it'll cover the last 6 months.

Hope that it helps.
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Old 18 Nov 2013, 14:52
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I think this scripts output is generally misleading and causes panic where not necessary.

Either you should seriously refine your script and add A LOT more conditions to reduce false positives (and as it seems right now, 95% seems to be only false positives) or discontinue the mod.

Determining if a forum was hacked should be left to specialists. If you let someone who doesn't have a clue run your script, nothing good will come from it.
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Old 20 Nov 2013, 02:19
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Originally Posted by Disasterpiece View Post
I think this scripts output is generally misleading and causes panic where not necessary.

Either you should seriously refine your script and add A LOT more conditions to reduce false positives (and as it seems right now, 95% seems to be only false positives) or discontinue the mod.

Determining if a forum was hacked should be left to specialists. If you let someone who doesn't have a clue run your script, nothing good will come from it.
Hi Disasterpiece,

We understand where you are coming from; the script errs on the side of caution, perhaps too much. This was originally an in-house tool that we used to quickly determine which commonly exploited sets of data needed investigating for forums that had been recently hacked. If time allows, we can refine and update the scan criteria of the script to be more precise.

However, we do disagree that the current script output is misleading and we disagree that it causes unnecessary panic. If a forum owner is concerned that his forum was hacked, which is highly likely given the recent mass attacks on vBulletin forums, we believe that this script is a good starting point for investigation and diagnosis, if the script description and instructions are carefully read and followed.

The script does not stop with a simple 'warning', but provides additional, useful information about what was modified and by whom. More information is better than less, and caution is better than carelessness, so the script provides as much information as it can, for those forum owners with some vBulletin knowledge who can understand the script output, and it also provides the most careful recommendation, for those with less vBulletin knowledge.

We do realize that this script alone is not enough for a diagnosis, which is why we recommend professional help. Speaking of which, we are happy to take a look at your script output via PM, if you have concerns, to clarify your results; we've done this a few times already.

Thanks,
Nick - Chief vB Developer @ SEOvB
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