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Bad Behavior 2.2.15
Posted on December 24, 2013 by Michael Hampton Posted in Uncategorized
Bad Behavior 2.2.15 has been released. This is a maintenance release and is recommended for all users.
Changes
The following changes have been made since 2.2.14:
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Notes
Just as a reminder, if you use CloudFlare on your site, you must enable the Reverse Proxy option in Bad Behavior’s settings, or many of your visitors and search engines will be blocked.
Windows XP Support Statement
Posted on November 12, 2013 by Michael Hampton Posted in Uncategorized
As you are probably aware, Microsoft will finally end all support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014, nearly 13 years after the operating system was first released. While mainstream support for Windows XP and Server 2003 ended back in 2010, these OSes have been on extended life support since then.
(Windows Server 2003 and Server 2003 R2 reach end of life on July 14, 2015.)
It was a hell of a ride. Nearly everyone who has ever touched a computer has gotten to know Windows XP, with all its faults, and some people even grew to love it. But as with all things in computing, the time eventually comes to move on. Continue reading
WordPress brute-force login attacks stepped up
Posted on April 10, 2013 by Michael Hampton Posted in WordPress 2 Comments
Over the past day or so I’ve seen close to 1,000 brute force login attempts at my own WordPress sites originating from botnets. Other sites are being hit even harder.
After analyzing the data I have, I’ve determined that there are two separate and distinct attackers, and Bad Behavior is successfully blocking 100% of attempts from both of them. Continue reading
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Bad Behavior 2.2.14
Posted on April 9, 2013 by Michael Hampton Posted in Uncategorized 1 Comment
Bad Behavior 2.2.14 has been released. This is a maintenance release and is recommended for all users.
Changes
The following changes have been made since 2.2.13:
Download
Download Bad Behavior now.
Notes
Just as a reminder, if you use CloudFlare on your site, you must enable the Reverse Proxy option in Bad Behavior’s settings, or many of your visitors and search engines will be blocked.
Work on Bad Behavior 3.0 is making progress; I have some very basic pre-alpha code and a test framework and I hope to have it cleaned up enough to attempt to begin using in the next few days. If you would like to see this work progress more quickly, or you just want to say thank you, consider making a donation today.
Bug tracker reopened
Posted on April 3, 2013 by Michael Hampton Posted in Uncategorized
I had to temporarily block all user registrations on the bug tracker for a short while due, ironically, to spam registrations.
Registration has been reopened for now, and I’m manually dealing with the spammers.
This very bad experience has motivated me to do more about web spammers.
In this case, the bug tracker is Redmine, a web application developed in Ruby on Rails.
My first thought in such a case would have been to throw Bad Behavior at the web app and let it handle the problem. Unfortunately, Bad Behavior is written in PHP, making this impossible. By this point there must be any number of Ruby/Rails apps out there which are now suffering from the spam problems that we all went through and mostly got under control years ago.
It’s therefore my intention, as part of the Bad Behavior 3.0 rewrite, to create a Ruby gem which can be used to help secure such web applications. It may not be a simultaneous release, but something has to be done, and soon.
P.S. It’s also come to my attention that Redmine hasn’t been emailing me when someone enters a new ticket into the system. This should also be fixed. I’ve also taken the time to look at every ticket currently in the system. All bugs and support requests have been responded to, and all features looked at.
FeedBurner blocked in Project Honey Pot again
Posted on March 30, 2013 by Michael Hampton Posted in Uncategorized 1 Comment
It’s come to my attention that Google has once again managed to get FeedBurner blacklisted at Project Honey Pot.
Those of you using Bad Behaavior’s Project Honey Pot support will see that requests from FeedBurner are blocked because the IP address is on the http:BL blacklist.
This is caused by an architectural problem at Google, and will require Google to resolve the issue for the problem to go away permanently. The issue is that, in the case of FeedBurner, Google uses IP addresses which are shared by third parties using Google App Engine, some of which are spammers. The spammers quickly get Google’s IP address blacklisted all over the Internet, and suddenly FeedBurner stops working.
If you are impacted by this issue, you can whitelist the affected IP addresses or the FeedBurner user agent string, or disable Project Honey Pot. Be aware that doing any of these will increase the amount of spam you receive. You should also complain to Google, since this isn’t the first time this has happened, and they seem to have done absolutely nothing about it.
Bad Behavior 2.2.13
Posted on December 10, 2012 by Michael Hampton Posted in Uncategorized 1 Comment
Bad Behavior 2.2.13 has been released. This is a maintenance release and is recommended for all users.
Changes
The following changes have been made since 2.2.12:
Requests from the Baidu search engine now go through screening similar to Google and other major search engines. This will help to prevent illegitimate access from clients which falsely claim to be the Baidu search engine. A logic error which prevented these checks from ever running has been fixed.
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Notes
Just as a reminder, if you use CloudFlare on your site, you must enable the Reverse Proxy option in Bad Behavior’s settings, or many of your visitors and search engines will be blocked.
Work on Bad Behavior 3.0 is finally making progress; I have some very basic almost-functional pre-alpha code and I hope to have it cleaned up enough to attempt to begin using in the next few weeks. Since this is usually the slow season for me, I hope to have some extra time to work on it over the holiday season. If you would like to see this work progress more quickly, or you just want to say thank you, consider making a donation today.
Bad Behavior 2.2.12
Posted on December 8, 2012 by Michael Hampton Posted in Uncategorized 1 Comment
Bad Behavior 2.2.12 has been released. This is a maintenance release and is recommended for all users.
Changes
The following changes have been made since 2.2.11:
Download
Download Bad Behavior now.
Notes
Just as a reminder, if you use CloudFlare on your site, you must enable the Reverse Proxy option in Bad Behavior’s settings, or many of your visitors and search engines will be blocked.
Work on Bad Behavior 3.0 is finally making progress; I have some very basic almost-functional pre-alpha code and I hope to have it cleaned up enough to attempt to begin using in the next few weeks. Since this is usually the slow season for me, I hope to have some extra time to work on it over the holiday season. If you would like to see this work progress more quickly, or you just want to say thank you, consider making a donation today.
PHP Fatal error in Bad Behavior 2.2.11?
Posted on October 11, 2012 by Michael Hampton Posted in Uncategorized 1 Comment
Oops! If you attempted to download Bad Behavior 2.2.11 before right now, when the announcement was posted to this site, you received a copy with a syntax error, which generated a PHP fatal error.
I’ve replaced the download with a corrected version. If you are experiencing this issue, you can remove and reinstall Bad Behavior, or edit line 94 of bad-behavior/blacklist.inc.php and add a , (comma) after the second " (quotation mark) so that the beginning of the line reads "Nikto",.
As I’ve noted previously, I’m in the midst of moving away from WordPress subversion and toward git (and github) which will let me put in place processes to prevent this sort of brown paper bag problem again. Please accept my apologies for the inconvenience this may have caused you.
Bad Behavior 2.2.11 and 2.0.49
Posted on October 11, 2012 by Michael Hampton Posted in Uncategorized
Bad Behavior 2.2.11 and 2.0.49 have been released. This is a maintenance release and is recommended for all users.
NOTE: Support for the 2.0 series is very limited and will end June 30, 2013. Plan to migrate to the 2.2 series as soon as possible.
Changes
The following changes to 2.2 have been made since version 2.2.10:
The following changes to 2.0 have been made since version 2.0.48:
Google AdSense has changed their crawler’s User-Agent string to a string that matches a user agent blacklist entry. This would prevent the delivery of targeted ads to a page, and result in generic ads being displayed. The blacklist entry was temporarily removed pending communication with Google.
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