records being added by spambots that cannot be deleted.

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records being added by spambots that cannot be deleted.

Post by softwareadmin » Tue Jan 10, 2006 6:25 am

I have noticed hundreds of unapproved records that appear to have been entered by spam-bots. The articles are nothing but a series of URLs, usually over 5K in length. When trying to delete them though, the admin interface changes to chinese and even when clicking on the correct links, the article is not deleted. The only way to remove them is via MySQL directly. Is there something that I am missing? Also, is there any way that I can prevent the 'Add Question' form from being hijacked like this? (like perhaps restrict this feature to admins only?)

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

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Post by Thorsten » Tue Jan 10, 2006 7:32 am

Hi,

we're working on a spam protection in the next version. I'll check if there's a bug in deleting records. Which phpMyFAQ version with which database do you use?

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Post by softwareadmin » Tue Jan 10, 2006 7:43 am

Sorry.. phpMyFAQ version 1.5.5, MySQL version 3.23.49, PHP version 4.3.11

Is there an easy way to restrict the addtion of records to an admin user? THanks again.

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Post by Thorsten » Tue Jan 10, 2006 7:49 am

Hi,
softwareadmin wrote:Is there an easy way to restrict the addtion of records to an admin user? THanks again.
the good thing is, that the spam records won't be seen by public. You could remove the link "add new content" in index.tpl and delete save.php so that no new records were added.

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spam ...

Post by jazcyk » Tue Jan 10, 2006 12:17 pm

I have had this spam occasionally too, but never had problems deleting it from Admin Panel.

Also blocking the ip of the spammer has worked OK here.

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Post by Thorsten » Tue Jan 10, 2006 8:44 pm

Hi,

the deleting works for me here on MySQL and SQLite...

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Post by softwareadmin » Wed Jan 11, 2006 8:39 am

Thanks. Apparently a log out and log in process was requried to see that the record was actually deleted. Here's what was happening - when I would click the 'delete' icon for one of these, the admin interface would change to chinese (I think). Although clicking on correct button here (guessing by position) would yield the delete confirmation screen, clicking the correct button there (again guessing by position) would leave the admin interface in chinese and the spam record still displayed in the list. After logging out and in again (to reset the language to EN) however, the offending record is gone. Thanks again.

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multilingual ...

Post by jazcyk » Thu Jan 12, 2006 10:56 am

looks like phpmyfaq is a VERY multilingual system :D

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