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Mod Version: 1.0.3, by nhawk (Member) nhawk is offline
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vB Version: 4.1.5 Rating: (10 votes - 5.00 average) Installs: 72
Released: 24 Feb 2012 Last Update: 12 Dec 2013 Downloads: 286
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THIS ADD-ON IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE AND IS NOT SUPPORTED

This is an add-on that is designed with vBulletin 4.1.5. It may not work on earlier versions of vBulletin. It is known to be working on vB versions 3.8.7, 4.0.7 and 4.1.5 through 4.2.0. I don't know if it is compatable with all versions of vB or not.

On my site, I receive quite a few PMs asking me how I prevent spam from being posted there. While I can't release everything I use because some of it is server based (external from vBulletin), I can release one of the lines of defense that I use.

This mod allows you to ban Hostnames and Useragents from registering on your site.

If a hostname or useragent contains any of the words you specify and they are trying to register, they are presented with an error telling them they are forbidden from registering on your site. And no registration screen ever appears.

In the event the hostname is blank, a WHOIS can be performed to establish the identity of the system being used to register.

The 'External Content' pulled by this mod is only the WHOIS information when that is enabled.

WARNING: This mod has the potential of banning humans from registering. Choose what words you use carefully.

Personally, I am not very concerned about banning an occasional human from registering. So, from time to time my system may ban a human that uses an anonymous proxy.

NOTE: This mod has a 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' clause. Please don't post telling people what words to ban. We don't need spammers getting around this mod by reading posts telling them what is being filtered.

REQUIREMENTS: In order for the WHOIS function used in this mod to work properly, your server must have OPENSSL installed.


* INSTALLATION *
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1) Upload the contents of the 'upload' folder to your forum's root.
(If your forum's location is http://www.example.com/forums/, the root is /forums/)

2) Import the product XML file (product-hostusercheck.xml) into the Product Manager in AdminCP.

3) Take some time to set the options in ACP->Settings->Options->Prevent Hostname or Useragent from Registering.

4) Be sure to turn on the mod when setting options in ACP->Settings->Options->Prevent Hostname or Useragent from Registering.



* History (Changelog) *
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1.0.3 (December 12, 2013)
- Fix hostname not being checked under certain circumstances.

1.0.2 (March 1, 2012)
- Fix error on registration page when Useragent or Hostname to ban is blank.

1.0.1 (February 24, 2012)
- Wrong hook being used for one of the plugins.

1.0.0 (January 22, 2012)
- Public Release

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  #46  
Old 03 Mar 2014, 21:44
Barcham Barcham is offline
 
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Real name: Robert
It works great. Blocked 25 so far and just keeps on going. Sure, some if not all of those may have been blocked by Spam Hammer or Proxy alert but I had at least 2 per day getting through and being able to register. Since I installed this mod, not one bot has made it in.

I did find it surprising, however, that every user agent blocked so far has been either an iPhone or iPod.
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  #47  
Old 03 Mar 2014, 21:46
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ozzy47 ozzy47 is offline
 
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Yeah that is a new thing they try to do in order to get through. With this mod, and the rest from the post on my site, using the lists I included, you should be good to go.
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  #48  
Old 03 Mar 2014, 22:42
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Originally Posted by Barcham View Post
It works great. Blocked 25 so far and just keeps on going. Sure, some if not all of those may have been blocked by Spam Hammer or Proxy alert but I had at least 2 per day getting through and being able to register. Since I installed this mod, not one bot has made it in.

I did find it surprising, however, that every user agent blocked so far has been either an iPhone or iPod.
The spam programs can spoof the user agent string. I have seen it happen on my board - failing to get in with IE 6 suddenly I see i-phone from exact IP and provider, not even 10 seconds later.

That's why this is a excellent bullet to have in the anti-spam gun. Still another layer.
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  #49  
Old 04 Mar 2014, 02:21
Barcham Barcham is offline
 
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Real name: Robert
Originally Posted by ozzy47 View Post
Yeah that is a new thing they try to do in order to get through. With this mod, and the rest from the post on my site, using the lists I included, you should be good to go.
I did download the lists and added them to the mod along with the 'vpn999' that I noticed all the bots were connecting through. All but 5 of the banned bots so far have come from this 'vpn999' host.

Is it wrong of me to get some perverse pleasure seeing these bots spin around in circles? I wonder if they will ever just give up? LOL
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  #50  
Old 04 Mar 2014, 14:38
AK47- AK47- is offline
 
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This prevent TOR users?
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  #51  
Old 04 Mar 2014, 16:46
Barcham Barcham is offline
 
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I use Proxy Alert to block TOR users. It works fine in conjunction with this and other mods I have installed to block spammers.

http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showt...ht=proxy+alert
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  #52  
Old 04 Mar 2014, 16:47
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Max Taxable Max Taxable is offline
 
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Originally Posted by AK47- View Post
This prevent TOR users?
If you have tor on the list it does.
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Old 04 Mar 2014, 22:46
Barcham Barcham is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Max Taxable View Post
The spam programs can spoof the user agent string. I have seen it happen on my board - failing to get in with IE 6 suddenly I see i-phone from exact IP and provider, not even 10 seconds later.

That's why this is a excellent bullet to have in the anti-spam gun. Still another layer.
Yup. They are definitely spoofing the user agent. I was getting a lot of guests with an iPhone or iPod user agent but now they all seem to have an Android 2.2 one. But despite their pitiful attempts to register, they are still being blocked. I've started a little game with one of my mods where we see who can guess what user agent they will try next!
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  #54  
Old 21 Mar 2014, 02:07
lazytown lazytown is offline
 
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Would be great if this would post in a thread instead of PMing admin for the blocks.
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  #55  
Old 21 Mar 2014, 02:20
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ozzy47 ozzy47 is offline
 
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Originally Posted by lazytown View Post
Would be great if this would post in a thread instead of PMing admin for the blocks.
TBH, I would just turn off the PM's, once you know the mod is working after sending you some PM's, there is no need for them, you know it is working, so turn them off.
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  #56  
Old 21 Mar 2014, 11:41
BadgerDog BadgerDog is offline
 
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Installed with thanks on 4.1.3pl5 for testing, using ossmodz's list of hostnames...

Is it better to have Do Whois option ON or OFF?

Regards,
Doug
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  #57  
Old 21 Mar 2014, 11:42
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Max Taxable Max Taxable is offline
 
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Originally Posted by BadgerDog View Post
Installed with thanks on 4.1.3pl5 for testing, using ossmodz's list of hostnames...

Is it better to have Do Whois option ON or OFF?

Regards,
Doug
I keep it on.
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  #58  
Old 21 Mar 2014, 11:49
BadgerDog BadgerDog is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Max Taxable View Post
I keep it on.
Thank you ..

I've also been trying to locate in "phrases", the text that gets shown...

Can't seem to find it. Is there a phrase I can enter to help locate it?

Regards,
Doug

Edit: also, is their a list of useragents, as in Ozz's hostnames that I could start with?
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  #59  
Old 21 Mar 2014, 11:51
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Originally Posted by BadgerDog View Post
Thank you ..

I've also been trying to locate in "phrases", the text that gets shown...

Can't seem to find it. Is there a phrase I can enter to help locate it?

Regards,
Doug
What text are you talking about?
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  #60  
Old 21 Mar 2014, 11:58
BadgerDog BadgerDog is offline
 
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Originally Posted by ozzy47 View Post
What text are you talking about?
Perhaps I'm confused. ..

I was referencing this post ...

http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showp...1&postcount=41

Is there a phrase that the user who's blocked sees?

Regards,
Doug
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