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Ban Plugin v2.0.0

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The Geeklog Ban Plugin 2.0.0 is now available for download.

This release brings many important changes and now requires Geeklog v2.1.1 (works fine with the released version of Geeklog v2.1.1 Beta 1). Please read below to view a summary of these changes:

The Ban plugin allows you to ban people and bots from your website. You can ban a bot/user by IP, Referer, User Agent or Script Name. Case insensitive regular expressions are used to give you great flexibility. The php eregi function is used to do the matches. The Minimum Geeklog version required is now v2.1.1.

The ban plugin should be the first plugin in the Geeklog Administrator Plugin List. If the visitor is banned this saves on having to load the other plugins.

The ban plugin has a API that can be used by other plugins to integrate the ban functionality. Currently the GUS plugin version 1.7.3 or higher and the Forum Plugin v2.9.1 or higher support this.

There are a bunch of new features in this version. All configuration options can be found in the config.php file.

New Features:

  • Bans can now expire. There are short, medium and long banned Time To Live limits which are setup in the config
  • The Stop Forum Spam list can be used to ban any IPs that match. The list can be found here: https://www.stopforumspam.com/downloads/bannedips.zip and the unzipped file must be placed in the directory \plugins\ban\files\
  • The Stop Forum Spam list can be auto downloaded after a specified time period
  • You can now create a white list which if the visitor matches will not be banned
  • The Ban plugin can now auto ban visitors that match certain bot behavior

The Stop Forum Spam functionality is by default turned off. The Stop Forum Spam IP list can be auto downloaded. Please be careful with this and have the appropriate settings, like file permissions, setup and working before hand as if you download the ban list more than 3 times in a day your IP could get banned by the Stop Forum Spam website. The ban plugin download feature is setup to hopefully prevent this from happening.

The auto ban functionality works with the Gus Plugin v1.7.2 and higher. The ban plugin should always be ahead of the Gus plugin in the Geeklog Administrator Plugin list. Please review the config.php for all of the auto ban config settings.

  • User Agents - If IP exceeds x number of different user agents in X number of seconds then Ban. Based on GUS data
  • Hits - If IP exceeds X number of hits in X number of seconds then Ban. Based on GUS data
  • Referrer - Ban IP that matches referrer in X number of seconds and for X number of times. Based on GUS data
  • URL - Ban IP that request matching URL hit X times in X number of seconds. Based on GUS data

Since Google Code has now closed down we have moved the code repository for the Geeklog Ban Plugin to GitHub.

If you find any bugs or wish to request a feature, please add them to our issues tracker.

Forum Plugin v2.9.1

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The Geeklog Forum Plugin 2.9.1 is now available for download.

This release brings many important changes and now requires Geeklog v2.1.1 (works fine with the released version of Geeklog v2.1.1 Beta 1). Please read below to view a summary of these changes:

New Features

  • Forum now supports the use of different templates depending on what Geeklog theme is set
  • Reorganized how templates are handled. New denim template based on UIkit
  • Reduced number of templates required. Removed html embedded in code
  • Integrated support for the reCAPTCHA 1.0 plugin
  • Added rich snippets (schema) to forum breadcrumbs (topics and topic listings)
  • Added separate Category forum page. Updated forum breadcrumbs to point back to category page
  • Plus numerous other features

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed postmode issues where Admin could not set postmode for posts that were originally HTML but HTML is now not allowed on forum
  • Fixed small sticky post bug and now allow a topic to be BOTH sticky and locked
  • Plus numerous other bug fixes

For a full list of new features and bug fixes see the history.txt file found in the docs folder included with this release.

Since Google Code has now closed down we have moved the code repository for the Geeklog Forum Plugin to GitHub.

If you find any bugs or wish to request a feature, please add them to our issues tracker.

Geeklog 2.1.1 BETA 1

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The first beta version of Geeklog 2.1.1 is now available for download.

New features in this version include:

  • [Security] Log parameters for 404 errors & make filtering in 404.log work like in error.log
  • [Security] Removed the code used for File Manager demos and tests shipped with WideImage to prevent an XSS
  • [Security] Updated File Manager to version 2.2.0 (fixed security issue with file upload check)
  • [Security] Configuration string input sanitizing overhauled
  • [Update] CKEditor to version 4.5.4
  • [Update] jQuery to version 1.11.3 and jQuery UI to version 1.11.4. jQuery Timepicker Addon updated
  • [Update] OAuth class to version 1.141
  • [Feature] Integrated the UIkit framework version 2.23.0 into Geeklog
  • [Feature] Denim theme now uses UIKit
  • [Feature] Plugins can now include default templates and css files along with ones for different themes
  • [Feature] Schema.org article, author, and Breadcrumb markup added to Denim and Modern Curve themes
  • [Feature] Allow xmlSiteMap Plugin to Ping Search Engines when new content is added
  • [Feature] For XMLSitemap Plugin added dedicated API
  • [Bug] Added email check to Com_mail to prevent plugins from sending email to users who don't have an address (Oauth users)
  • [Bug] Cached Articles Sometimes do not Display on website
  • [Bug] Current LDAP module doesn't work properly
  • new Simple_LDAP Authentication provided
  • [Bug] Duplicate Blocks
  • [Bug] Remove hardcoded checks for TLD in domain names

... as well as a lot of other improvements and bug fixes. The complete list can be found in the history.txt file located in the release.

We would also like to put a request out there for translators. If you speak and write another language besides English or Japanese and would like to contribute to Geeklog please join the geeklog-translations mailing list. Translating Geeklog isn't complicated. Instructions can be found on the Geeklog Wiki or simply ask on the translation list.

We would like to encourage you to download this beta version, try it out, and give us your feedback. This is a beta version and it may still contain bugs. If you find any please report them in our Bug Tracker. Depending on what issues are found the development team hopes to have the final release of Geeklog 2.1.1 out by the end of November, 2015.

Geeklog.net also has been updated and is now running Geeklog 2.1.1 Beta 1.