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vB Version: 2.2.x Rating: (0 vote - 0 average) Installs: 12
Released: 21 Jan 2002 Last Update: Never Downloads: 1
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This is a hack which allows you to save the attachments as files and not within the database. The main problem with this was the fact that it posed certain security issues, these have been tackled by doing the following
  • Placing the folder below document root
  • Using random hashes to name the file
  • Changing the file extension to .file
  • Never divulging the path to the file

This is a beta hack, it has been tested on a development board. I have had insufficent time to fully complete the attachment importer, this removes the files from the database and creates them as physical files in the attachment folder. I will post this as soon as possible.

Looking forward to your feedback.


To install this hack upload this file to the admin directory and then view it in your browser.

All the changes that Jawelin suggested have been applied, thanks man

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Old 07 Feb 2002, 23:33
Scott MacVicar Scott MacVicar is offline
Join Date: Oct 2001
your path to move it to is set wrong within the admin panel, as i wrote this on a Win 2k server
Scott MacVicar
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Old 10 Feb 2002, 22:03
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Scott, you may remember how I tried the script and it totally filled /var to the top. If I try the script now, will this still happen?

Thanks for your help.
Old 17 Feb 2002, 01:41
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Sean Sean is offline
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I installed it, and it works great... One problem though, if you try to download WITH the session hash..(attachment.php?s=881293bn832048324n42304&postid=400) then you get an "invalid attachment id error." When you delete the hash...(attachment.php?s=&postid=400)...It works fine and dandy..Should I just get rid of the hash for all the links, or something? Or did I forget to modify something?

Old 17 Feb 2002, 11:40
Scott MacVicar Scott MacVicar is offline
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ok thats an odd one, there was no changes made to attachment.php which would affect the line which checks the attachmentid verification, especially nothing which involves the session hash.

I'll go test it now on my dev board.
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Old 17 Feb 2002, 14:04
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Alright, thanks.

One other thing I did notice, was that mods could download it.. But maybe that's because they don't have a session hash? I will have to find out.

Old 18 Feb 2002, 07:32
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Installed with no problems at all. Is working great!!!!

Very Nice hack and much needed here. Thanks
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