• Status Closed
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  • Task Type Security Issue
  • Category HyperForum/PunBB → PunBB Issue
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Attached to Project: Services
Opened by g4jc - 10/02/2018
Last edited by Emulatorman - 18/02/2018

FS#655 - Forum Spammers on PunBB

We’ve received a large number of bots registering lately, and once they find you they tend to multiply. We should block the bad ones quickly to avoid spam flooding.

There are several options available, but most seem outdated.

- Stop Forum Spam works very well, but may also block legitimate users, and the PunBB plugin seems to be corrupt for the latest version

- JS/Captchas, work OK, annoying for users, no updated plugins.

- Basic Question Captchas, not too invasive, blocks majority of bots for a season. Possibly outdated.

Closed by  Emulatorman
18.02.2018 01:40
Reason for closing:  Fixed
g4jc commented on 10.02.2018 22:18

pun_stop_bots installed and attempting to use more complex question patterns.

Ah, this is why I cannot reply then...

g4jc commented on 13.02.2018 22:58

This should not affect replies, the secret questions were changed during registration. We already had pun_stop_bots before, but the questions were easy for bots to guess.

So far this issue seems to be solved (no new bots registered), so closing. If there is an issue you are having with replies, please describe it in detail and open a new ticket.


Seems  FS#657  issue was related to answer character limitation, so i've changed secret question from sha384sum to sha224sum. Check now if it works.

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