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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: 1985
Released: 17 Apr 2008 Last Update: 27 Jan 2010 Downloads: 6810
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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  #496  
Old 14 Jul 2009, 16:30
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Originally Posted by pedigree View Post
AOL - couldnt care less about AOL. They file almost all traffic down a very small number of proxy servers. If people dont like "being tarred with the sme brush" tell them to get another ISP that doesnt transparently proxy. There really isnt any way around this other than to whitelist all the AOL proxy servers.
I hear ya. I have considered banning all AOL IPs, because of they way the handle IPs and bounced email.

This is why there should be some message informing registrants to contact their ISP, because their IP has been blacklisted by SFS.

I'll keep checking for version 0.7 then.

Have you posted a functionality request at vb.com? I think this should be standard vb functionality.
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  #497  
Old 16 Jul 2009, 04:09
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Hi! When we can use new update? Some like version 0.7
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  #498  
Old 16 Jul 2009, 13:56
terminator2k2 terminator2k2 is offline
 
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@pedigree
is there any chance to integrate optioin to search within the already registered users so they can be deleted?
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  #499  
Old 17 Jul 2009, 10:31
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This is EXCELLENT!

I just installed it, made myself a cup of coffee and when I'd returned to the computer, it had caught its first attempted spam registration!
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Old 20 Jul 2009, 23:56
Arsh Arsh is offline
 
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thanks. installed. works fine on 3.8.3
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  #501  
Old 21 Jul 2009, 12:24
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im getting invalid specified file when trying to import the .xml

3.8.3
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  #502  
Old 21 Jul 2009, 17:54
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I uploaded the contents of the upload folder but I can't view the logs on vb 3.8.3 .
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  #503  
Old 23 Jul 2009, 09:58
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Um, I am getting an odd report from the Check Version after installing. The product inside the zip seems to be version 0.6, but when you select check version it says you have 0.6 installed, but the latest version is 0.61. Then there is a link directing you back to this page. Is that a mistake or what?
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  #504  
Old 25 Jul 2009, 14:23
smirkley smirkley is offline
 
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Premium !!

Thank You !!

vb3.8.2
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  #505  
Old 27 Jul 2009, 19:55
pedigree pedigree is offline
 
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0.61 and 0.60 are the same thing, the only difference being a change if you had 0.60 installed. I really must update that but if you installed from 0.61, you run the latest version.

@term - Im working on it but I just got out of hospital, priorities a little mixed at the moment
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  #506  
Old 27 Jul 2009, 20:03
pedigree pedigree is offline
 
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Originally Posted by imported_df+++++ View Post
im getting invalid specified file when trying to import the .xml

3.8.3
That doesnt really tell me too much Im afraid
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  #507  
Old 31 Jul 2009, 08:07
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Originally Posted by pedigree View Post
That doesnt really tell me too much Im afraid
I am getting the same thing when I try to import the product. It doesn't seem to like cpnav_vbstopformspam.xml very much. I am using vBulletin 3.8.3. Has anyone else gotten the import to work with 3.8.3? If not, then it would imply there is a change in what vBulletin deems proper format for these files.
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Old 31 Jul 2009, 14:39
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Originally Posted by Cereskun View Post
I am getting the same thing when I try to import the product. It doesn't seem to like cpnav_vbstopformspam.xml very much. I am using vBulletin 3.8.3. Has anyone else gotten the import to work with 3.8.3? If not, then it would imply there is a change in what vBulletin deems proper format for these files.
Are you absolutely sure that you imported this Addon under Plugins & Product => Import Product ??? I guess not because this Addon works great without any known problems by using vB 3.83
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Old 31 Jul 2009, 19:10
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Originally Posted by Mike-D View Post
Are you absolutely sure that you imported this Addon under Plugins & Product => Import Product ??? I guess not because this Addon works great without any known problems by using vB 3.83
Yea I'm sure I did that. I tried that and importing from Download/Upload plugins. I also tried importing the product by browsing the file from my computer and also importing from the server.

I don't suppose you can paste you copy of the XML file here can you? It is a really strange problem I agree. The error message isn't that helpful either.
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  #510  
Old 03 Aug 2009, 00:01
pedigree pedigree is offline
 
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Come on ppl

"It doesnt work"

gives me nothing to work with
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