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[RELEASED] SFS Anti-Spam Registration


 
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amdoolittle
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2008 4:04 pm 
Post subject: SFS Anti-Spam Registration

I have had the time to address some of the issues that made phpBB2 annoying, to say the least. The biggest one that I have a solution for (and would like to share with others) is spam registrations. We all know phpBB2 registration security, in its default state, is very heavily exploited. With that in mind, I utilized the work of stopforumspam.com and their API to integrate username/ip/email checking against their blacklist database. It has been working great, and allows me to extend the usable life of my phpBB2 boards. It was getting a little frustrating removing dozens of spam registrations daily, now I'm down to zero. icon_biggrin.gif

As this is a new 2.0.x mod, it has not been reviewed or tested by any member of the phpBB2 team. Full support for this mod can be found at http://www.alexdoolittle.com

Let me know if you have any questions, comments, criticism, etc!

MOD Name: SFS Anti-Spam Registration
MOD Description: Anti-spam registration mod that integrates with the stopforumspam.com API to verify user details before allowing registration.
MOD Version: 1.0.1 (Updated 12/10/08)
Compatibility: 2.0.18 - 2.0.23 (tested)
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~Cowboy~
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2008 4:59 pm 
Post subject: Re: SFS Anti-Spam Registration

Thats a nice mod but stopforumspam.com's list is not as comprehensive and up to date as the spam list here:

Phpbb 2
Phpbb 3

These get updated all the time and have killed all spam post on my boards. Perhaps the 2 spam lists should work together?

They are starting to sort through abused proxies also.

The list is about 2000 long and growing.

I guess the problem now seams to be gmail abuse.

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amdoolittle
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2008 5:26 pm 
Post subject: Re: SFS Anti-Spam Registration

How can you say it's not as "comprehensive and up to date"? The front page list that you see is just for the last 24 hours (that's rather up-to-date, yes?).

Total number is 83,695 IP/Email/Username spam accounts in their database (from the actual downloadable list) and 121,697 claimed. That's a bit more than the "2,000 long and growing". icon_smile.gif
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~Cowboy~
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2008 8:43 pm 
Post subject: Re: SFS Anti-Spam Registration

From what I could see its a smaller list then the one I was looking at and as I compared the two list there were many missing from the "stopforumspam" list that are listed on the list I linked you to. However when comparing the other way every one I searched for was covered.

In short every email server in the stopforumspam list was covered by the Forumnut list but many more are listed that the stopforumlist does not have.

I did a very close evaluation of this because it is of great interest to me.

Additions to the forumnut list are actually slowing down because its very close to 100% effective. The only thing that seams to be getting through from time to time are new gmail addresses. But you can not block everything else no one will be able to register at all.. So those email addresses are being collected and sent to Google for them to take appropriate action with instead of adding Gmail to the blacklist.

I went back and took another look and at this point I stand by my statement that the lists I linked to are more complete and more effective.

1 gmail spammer in 4 years kind of proves that.

I asked the owner of the site about the list and he has been collecting these email server addresses for years from sites all over the internet. and has open forums where he runs open registrations simply for the purpose of collecting spammer information.

He also ran some very large community forum hosts where he had the opportunity to collect a bullet proof enough list to stop spammers from peoples sites that were complaining about spambot attacks..

The list I linked you to is not a fly by night list. This a a very well made list done by a very smart fella. Install it and you will be surprised how well it works.

Where your list is getting the exact mailing addresses this list gets future attempts also from abusive domains. Not only that but it covers repetitive attempts of the same email name on all abused domains.

All I can say to you is try it and see for yourself. icon_wink.gif

I'm not trying to say that your mod is not useful, just that this is the most effective email ban list I have ever seen compiled. Perhaps the stopforumspam site should import Forum Nuts list?

This seams logical to me.

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lumpy burgertushie
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2014 7:52 pm 
Post subject: Re: SFS Anti-Spam Registration

what?????
the post above looks like a poor translation from what was posted above to some other language and then translated back to english poorly.


not to mention it was a reply to a post from 6 years ago.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2014 10:07 pm 
Post subject: Re: SFS Anti-Spam Registration

You seem to be right. icon_eek.gif

I noticed the post and did not read it all but I did remove a spammish link from it.

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