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Solved Forum security & IP Ban

Post by SophieDophs on September 22nd 2010, 11:08 am

IP REMOVED ~ MrMario

I've banned this IP today for dodgy behaviour. It is not associated with any member and was on the forum as a guest.

What caught my attention is that from the admin CP panel I could see this guest was in our forum - in a specific section other than the index/portal - and they shouldn't be able to access it at all.

Security is tight on our forum and guests cannot get into the main forum.

A bit of googling brought up further info:

http://projecthoneypot.org/ip_216.104.15.138

www.forumpostersunion.com/showthread.php%3Ft%3D11291+216.104.15.138&cd=6&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=uk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:OOU7EZJfwp8J:www.forumpostersunion.com/showthread.php%3Ft%3D11291+216.104.15.138&cd=6&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=uk

www.vgaforum.com/showthread.php%3F21909-Spammers-List-Spam-the-Spammers-!!/page456+216.104.15.138&cd=20&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=uk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:c1EqYhNYdZoJ:www.vgaforum.com/showthread.php%3F21909-Spammers-List-Spam-the-Spammers-!!/page456+216.104.15.138&cd=20&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=uk

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:o2y29ReZyMAJ:whois.domaintools.com/216.104.15.138+216.104.15.138&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=uk

This is a concern.


Last edited by Sanket on September 24th 2010, 8:27 pm; edited 3 times in total (Reason for editing : IP Removed ~ MrMario)

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Solved Re: Forum security & IP Ban

Post by MrMario on September 22nd 2010, 3:03 pm

And you want us to do what? Also please don't post IP's on the forum, for security reasons Wink

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Solved Re: Forum security & IP Ban

Post by cockney geezer on September 22nd 2010, 5:08 pm

Where do you look to see where the guests have been Question

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Solved Re: Forum security & IP Ban

Post by kirk on September 22nd 2010, 6:00 pm

@SophieDophs wrote:IP REMOVED ~ MrMario

I've banned this IP today for dodgy behaviour. It is not associated with any member and was on the forum as a guest.

What caught my attention is that from the admin CP panel I could see this guest was in our forum - in a specific section other than the index/portal - and they shouldn't be able to access it at all.

Security is tight on our forum and guests cannot get into the main forum.

A bit of googling brought up further info:


This is a concern.
well a guest can not be in a section of the forum they do not have permissions to.. it can be possible that you have a member with the same ip that the guest was on with.. but as a guest they would still not have any access to any forums they do not have permission to unless they were logged in as a member and have permissions to what ever sections.

it can also be possible that you may have the permissions for guest to view forums and topics but not be able to post.If that's the case then they would appear as being in the section.

be sure to check your forums permissions and they are set accordingly to what you want to allow or disallow
Other then that i am with mrmario? i do not understand what you would want us to do or completely understand what your asking?


@cockney geezer wrote:Where do you look to see where the guests have been Question

You can only see when guest are on in the who's online section of the forums index or if they are on the same time as you can can see them in the acp first page.

But if guest do not have permissions to certain forums/sections then they will not have access.

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Solved Re: Forum security & IP Ban

Post by SophieDophs on September 23rd 2010, 12:19 pm

Thanks for your kind reply, Kirk.

All the permissions for guests have been checked, scrutinised and are indeed correct. Guests on our forum are not able to view or access anything - not the search function, not the home page, nothing, except the portal page.

I have tested this and accessed the forum as a guest and I can indeed confirm the above.

The above mentioned IP is accessing the forum - even though settings show they shouldn't be able to - and they are using the search function too.

From the admin CP, guests usually show as 'viewing the forum index' and 'viewing portal'.

The invading IP is shown in admin control panel as accessing individual sections of the forum. I know, they shouldn't be, but they are!

I want to ban the network this IP is on, not just individual IPs because they just keep coming back. How do I ban the network - i.e. the whole range of IPs coming from the same network (check out the links I posted, it gives the network details).

Thanks.

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Solved Re: Forum security & IP Ban

Post by Guest on September 23rd 2010, 6:41 pm

Use wildcards for the IP ban, in this case 216.104.15.*

Or you can be aggressive and use 216.104.*.*

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Solved Re: Forum security & IP Ban

Post by SophieDophs on September 24th 2010, 2:06 pm

@Dion wrote:Use wildcards for the IP ban, in this case 216.104.15.*

Or you can be aggressive and use 216.104.*.*
Thanks so much, Dion. x

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Solved Re: Forum security & IP Ban

Post by Sanket on September 24th 2010, 8:26 pm

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


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