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Solved Guest Getting into Hidden Forums

Post by Honor on June 2nd 2010, 6:47 am

I've been monitoring the guests that come through BP when I'm on. I've already mentioned that I have problems with the users online not stating things correctly (it's almost always on "Viewing the Forum Index").

Over the past few days, upcoming on a week, we've had a consistent Russian visitor (russian by IP address). It's always from the same area. Not knowing who it was, I started hiding some forums that are still under construction (running a game board, you don't want your secrets revealed before the game is opened to public play).

Now it's on almost all day, and it's viewing forums that I have hidden to it. That's according to my Online status (and the wierd thing is that may be the only person with a defined location on the board). But it's definitely looking at things it shouldn't see.

I've signed out and tested it - I can't see the forum it was viewing as a guest. How is it getting in to it? Is there a setting I need to change, or should I ban the IP? I didn't want to do that if it was a person, but I'm beginning to wonder now. Thought maybe it could be a person on this forum but it still shouldn't see the forums the board says it's looking at.

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Solved Re: Guest Getting into Hidden Forums

Post by Honor on June 2nd 2010, 6:59 am

Is this an indication of a spider? Or am I looking too deep?

Host: spider00.yandex.ru

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Solved Re: Guest Getting into Hidden Forums

Post by Honor on June 4th 2010, 4:21 pm

*bump*Hello.....

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Solved Re: Guest Getting into Hidden Forums

Post by Jophy on June 5th 2010, 2:11 am

Maybe that's just a glitch? or just a bot crawling into the forum? How 'bout a link to your forum?

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Solved Re: Guest Getting into Hidden Forums

Post by Honor on June 5th 2010, 5:24 am


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Solved Re: Guest Getting into Hidden Forums

Post by Jophy on June 5th 2010, 5:28 am

Ok, are you sure that the permissions on the forum you're hiding is(admin panel>general>categories and forums>permissions of the hidden forums you mentioned>make sure that the view and read box is not checked for guests? Do you have those permissions?)

Also can you name forums that are hidden so we'll know if we can see it or not from our view to the forum as a guest.

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Solved Re: Guest Getting into Hidden Forums

Post by Codyy on June 5th 2010, 5:42 am

May we see a screenshot of the security options for this specific forum.

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Solved Re: Guest Getting into Hidden Forums

Post by Darren1 on June 5th 2010, 6:01 am

Hello,

Can you look at your who's online list on the Admin panel home page and tell me if you are seeing something like 192.168.*.*? (please don't display my IP Address)

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Solved Re: Guest Getting into Hidden Forums

Post by Clug on June 5th 2010, 6:26 am

Darren1 and I have been in the forum inspecting the problem, and it's now solved. You can wait for Honor to confirm before you lock if you want though.

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Solved Re: Guest Getting into Hidden Forums

Post by Honor on June 6th 2010, 3:20 am

I thought I posted here - Thanks to Darren and Clug for coming over to help out. After a late night of playing around, we got it somewhat figured out - at least to my satisfaction. Thanks guys - you're the best Very Happy

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Solved Re: Guest Getting into Hidden Forums

Post by Sanket on June 6th 2010, 3:39 pm

Since this thread appears to be solved, I will lock this thread and mark it as solved.


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