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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: 17 Apr 2008 Last Update: 27 Jan 2010 Downloads: 6815
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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  #1216  
Old 08 Sep 2013, 07:36
djbaxter djbaxter is offline
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Originally Posted by stevether View Post
4.2.1 here. Doesn't seem to work.

This user should have been blocked on username and email



I'm guess "remote error" means it couldn't hook into the API (which I've set it to allow registration in that case), but API services were up at the time of this request.
No it is working. It did exactly what it should do when the SFS database isn't available - allow registration.

The SFS database is having intermittent problems with a server, so there has been more of this than normal the past week or so.

The fact that you could access the database to submit a spam report is entirely consistent with the problems they are having with that server.

See Stop Forum Spam announcement .

Last edited by djbaxter; 08 Sep 2013 at 14:00.
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  #1217  
Old 08 Sep 2013, 15:59
metalguy639 metalguy639 is offline
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
New issues with this mod. Out of nowhere my client is now getting this error when a new person tries to register on their site.

Registration denied. We check new registrations against a database of known forum spammers. At this time, we are unable to contact this database to verify your registration. We are sorry for the inconvenience but please do try again later.
For now I have disabled the hack and registrations work again, but that is not optimal as we need to keep spammers out. Please help. Thanks.
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Old 08 Sep 2013, 16:05
djbaxter djbaxter is offline
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Originally Posted by metalguy639 View Post
New issues with this mod. Out of nowhere my client is now getting this error when a new person tries to register on their site.



For now I have disabled the hack and registrations work again, but that is not optimal as we need to keep spammers out. Please help. Thanks.
1. The SFS server is having intermittent issues. See Stop Forum Spam announcement.

2. AdminCP >> Settings >> Options >> vBStopForumSpam

Query Connection Errors
What should happen if the remote connection times out when querying the new registration?

Set this to Allow Registration. You have yours set to Block Registration.
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Old 08 Sep 2013, 16:21
metalguy639 metalguy639 is offline
 
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Originally Posted by djbaxter View Post
1. The SFS server is having intermittent issues. See Stop Forum Spam announcement.

2. AdminCP >> Settings >> Options >> vBStopForumSpam

Query Connection Errors
What should happen if the remote connection times out when querying the new registration?

Set this to Allow Registration. You have yours set to Block Registration.
Thanks that worked.
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  #1220  
Old 03 Feb 2014, 21:45
theforumist theforumist is offline
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
This plugin = awesome. I wish I had found it long ago on past forums that I've owned/operated. Since I implemented it about a week ago, 109 registrations have occur ed and 100 of which have been blocked due to matching a database entry.
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  #1221  
Old 26 Feb 2014, 02:40
zzSQL zzSQL is offline
 
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This is the coolest plugin there is!

Of the last 40 forum spammer attempted registration, 38 were prevented.

It compares new registrants against stopForumSpam.com's databases of IP, username and email addresses of known spammers and prevents their registraiotn.
VBulletin should have this feature included as the default install.
Nice work!
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  #1222  
Old 30 Oct 2014, 14:18
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Joe Siegler Joe Siegler is offline
 
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You know, in all my time running this mod, I never thought to ask this.

How do you override for a single user who you know isn't a spammer, but is still being flagged by one of the triggers? I'm not aware of a way you can whitelist specific terms, but ONLY for your local forum install. I wouldn't want to corrupt the main db with that, but for specific instances I'd like to override just for my local install.

How do you do that, short of creating the user yourself?
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Old 19 Jun 2015, 10:09
jagtpf jagtpf is offline
 
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Real name: Geoff
Was installed on our Forum running 3.8.7 - Since upgrade to 4.2.3 we've had a flood of spammers so I've enabled this to see if there's any change. No errors thrown up, so hopefully it's working 'nicely'.
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Old 19 Jun 2015, 12:09
hotshot hotshot is offline
 
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Originally Posted by jagtpf View Post
Was installed on our Forum running 3.8.7 - Since upgrade to 4.2.3 we've had a flood of spammers so I've enabled this to see if there's any change. No errors thrown up, so hopefully it's working 'nicely'.
Bad move going to 4.x you should have googled "Vbulletin Reviews" first. We are creatures of habit but sometimes enough is enough.
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Old 07 Jul 2015, 09:07
jagtpf jagtpf is offline
 
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Originally Posted by hotshot View Post
Bad move going to 4.x you should have googled "Vbulletin Reviews" first. We are creatures of habit but sometimes enough is enough.
We did extensive reading etc of all the reviews, bad, indifferent and the odd good one!

Not being creatures of habit we, eventually, decided to stay where are - but upgrade so our Host could install PHP5.5/5.6.
So far, apart from some good plugins that don't translate across, we and our members are happy.

Funny, this, you coming into vB.org and criticising vBulletin software....but thanks for your thoughts.
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Old 07 Jul 2015, 09:09
jagtpf jagtpf is offline
 
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Originally Posted by jagtpf View Post
Was installed on our Forum running 3.8.7 - Since upgrade to 4.2.3 we've had a flood of spammers so I've enabled this to see if there's any change. No errors thrown up, so hopefully it's working 'nicely'.
Report :

Has 'sorted' our spammers - so it works adequately in vB 4.2.3...
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Old 07 Jul 2015, 15:35
hotshot hotshot is offline
 
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Originally Posted by jagtpf View Post
Funny, this, you coming into vB.org and criticising vBulletin software....but thanks for your thoughts.
I previously used Vbulletin and was subscribed to this topic. I unsubscribed from all topics now.
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Old 22 Jan 2016, 03:46
oldengine oldengine is offline
 
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Is this one a copy of that one or is that one a copy of this one?

http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=248470
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Old 26 Jan 2016, 18:27
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Originally Posted by oldengine View Post
Is this one a copy of that one or is that one a copy of this one?

http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=248470
If you read the most last sentence of that thread #248470 you will find:
Original concept credits go to the authors of vBStopForumSpam and MonkeyStop
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