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Old 2009-07-19, 02:54   #1
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Default Ton of spam posts

Is the large number of spam posts I see today a result of a forum exploit? IIRC new user posts go into a moderation queue...
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Old 2009-07-19, 03:10   #2
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Have you reported (triangle with exclamation mark at bottom of left margin of post) all you've seen as spam?

I've seen only one so far, and reported it.

10 by user opqr191

I'm reporting them at 1/minute (forum limit).

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and now three by user p1142845

but it looks like someone's already on these. At least one has disappeared. And now another. Poof!

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Old 2009-07-19, 03:36   #3
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Have you reported (triangle with exclamation mark at bottom of left margin of post) all you've seen as spam?
Jason is a mini-mod. He prob did the right thing.
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Old 2009-07-19, 06:54   #4
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I saw spams from two users : the already reported opqr191 but also from mnop338.

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Old 2009-07-19, 07:16   #5
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In order for the spam to appear, one post must have been approved by one of us mods. (And no, it wasn't me.)

There was just one by nikedunks - so that post must have been approved. Mike, has the post approval system gone down?

I will try to keep the spam away in the forum I can.

IMO, any user who registers with a username like "abcd123" should be banned immediately.

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Old 2009-07-19, 08:48   #6
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like bcde196
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Old 2009-07-19, 09:14   #7
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or metreh10 ;)
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Old 2009-07-19, 09:28   #8
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or metreh10 ;)
No, it has to be four consecutive letters followed by a random three-digit number.

Incidentally, when I had just pointed out that someone had registered as XYZZY, someone registered as 10metreh, but with the first "e" a different Unicode character to the normal "e".
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Old 2009-07-19, 13:14   #9
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It's probably my fault.

There were an awful lot of spam posts yesterday. Usually, I (and presumably the other mods) delete them one at a time. There is an option to delete posts as spam and delete all other post by the same user, but that option doesn't work (it simply leaves the other posts). So this time I tried to ban them first, then mass-delete queued posts via the moderator panel. Evidently I hit a wrong button somewhere, and approved them instead of deleting. My apologies.

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Old 2009-07-19, 17:35   #10
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No big deal, as long as the spam wasn't there because of some kind of unpatched attack on vBulletin.
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