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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: (180 votes - 4.84 average) Installs: 1984
Released: 18 Apr 2008 Last Update: 27 Jan 2010 Downloads: 6814
Not Supported DB Changes Uses Plugins Auto-Template Additional Files Translations External Content Is in Beta Stage  

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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  #1126  
Old 20 May 2011, 18:36
Gav-n-Tn Gav-n-Tn is offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Originally Posted by Panzer Max View Post
And if I do, will my IP be banned?
1. It definitely works -as testified by so many posts here- as long as they have been submitted to the SFS database. 2. Only you can ban your own IP. It does not ban them.
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  #1127  
Old 02 Jun 2011, 04:40
jscowen jscowen is offline
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Originally Posted by steven s View Post
It works fine for me too.
I am looking for the additional mod to submit spammers to the [stopforumspam] database.

For code to submit spammers to the database, check this post for code changes
http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showp...&postcount=288 is a dead link.
Not sure if you found it - I manage to locate it at post #1015 in this thread (ie. http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showp...postcount=1015)
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  #1128  
Old 27 Jun 2011, 20:22
TROLL TROLL is offline
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Is there a way to allow a certain user to register even if this mod is blocking it? The only way I can think is to deactivate it temporarily but that will also let others pass through.

I have someone from 138.162.0.45 trying to register which is a US Military base. He contacted me saying he's being blocked and I'd rather let him through to see if he's real then just saying "F off" to him...
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  #1129  
Old 27 Jun 2011, 20:39
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steven s steven s is offline
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Originally Posted by TROLL View Post
Is there a way to allow a certain user to register even if this mod is blocking it? The only way I can think is to deactivate it temporarily but that will also let others pass through.

I have someone from 138.162.0.45 trying to register which is a US Military base. He contacted me saying he's being blocked and I'd rather let him through to see if he's real then just saying "F off" to him...
This is what I do.
Look in the vbStopForumSpam log for his username or ip address.
Create a new membership for him. Use his username and email. Create a password for him.
Email him that information. Have him log in and change the password.

Much simpler than disabling the mod and makes the member happier.
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  #1130  
Old 27 Jun 2011, 20:40
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Chimpie Chimpie is offline
 
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Real name: Chimp
Originally Posted by steven s View Post
This is what I do.
Look in the vbStopForumSpam log for his username or ip address.
Create a new membership for him. Use his username and email. Create a password for him.
Email him that information. Have him log in and change the password.

Much simpler than disabling the mod and makes the member happier.
I concur. This is what we do.
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  #1131  
Old 27 Jun 2011, 20:47
TROLL TROLL is offline
 
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Thanks, great idea...
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  #1132  
Old 28 Jun 2011, 14:23
Gav-n-Tn Gav-n-Tn is offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Originally Posted by steven s View Post
This is what I do.
Look in the vbStopForumSpam log for his username or ip address.
Create a new membership for him. Use his username and email. Create a password for him.
Email him that information. Have him log in and change the password.

Much simpler than disabling the mod and makes the member happier.
That's what I was going to suggest also.
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  #1133  
Old 05 Jul 2011, 22:33
chrisxp chrisxp is offline
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Hi there,

since updating to 4.1.4, the "Add Spammer" box doesnt show on editing users..

could this be updated, or tell me how to?

thanks,

chrisxp
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  #1134  
Old 27 Aug 2011, 16:30
bigmuz7 bigmuz7 is offline
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Hi Ive noticed a few people being 'allowed registration' but they dont actually get registered, any idea as to whats happening (excellent mod btw)

cheers
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  #1135  
Old 04 Sep 2011, 17:06
Fenriz Fenriz is offline
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
How to disable vbStopForumSpam Logs? It would be great to have such option in admincp to switch the logs on and off.
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  #1136  
Old 09 Sep 2011, 17:26
sarasotarepub sarasotarepub is offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Hi everyone,

I'm trying to install this mod but am running into an error then I run the Import Product in vbulletin.

I get "Importing Product...please wait" and then "Invalid File Specified"

I have all the install files in the right dirs on the server. Any ideas??? Thanks.


Apache version
2.0.63

PHP version
5.2.5

MySQL version
5.0.92-community

vbull Version 3.7.0


NEVERMIND, I got it to run!!!

SR

Last edited by sarasotarepub; 09 Sep 2011 at 18:39.
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  #1137  
Old 20 Sep 2011, 23:49
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Hornstar Hornstar is offline
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Real name: Matt
I had to uninstall this. I was getting many emails of people saying they could not register as this was saying they were a spammer and it was making them mad and my site lose members.
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  #1138  
Old 21 Sep 2011, 00:03
ETDC ETDC is offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Originally Posted by bigmuz7 View Post
Hi Ive noticed a few people being 'allowed registration' but they dont actually get registered, any idea as to whats happening (excellent mod btw)

cheers
This, I'd like to know, too.
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  #1139  
Old 21 Sep 2011, 00:14
JesterP JesterP is offline
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Originally Posted by Hornstar View Post
I had to uninstall this. I was getting many emails of people saying they could not register as this was saying they were a spammer and it was making them mad and my site lose members.
When they use your contact us form, reply with this:


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

9 times out of ten, they come back and register.
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  #1140  
Old 21 Sep 2011, 00:30
ETDC ETDC is offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Don't tell them about SFS - they'll only join up there and b**ch and whine about it. Just tell them to get in touch with you in order for you to remove a 'false positive'. 99.99999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999 wont.

...because they're spammers.
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