bcSpamBlock 1.2 for WordPress released

Posted on November 9th, 2007 in General by Brandon

I had a few users who have been using my bcSpamBlock WordPress plugin for blocking spam tell me that it also completely blocks trackbacks. Thanks to their input and specifically wlx who sent me a patch to have it skip validation on trackbacks and pingbacks.

I modified the WordPress component of the code so that it doesn’t check for the cryptographic signature for trackbacks, but instead makes sure that the remote host is the webserver for the site that it says it is. If that check passes, it also retrieves the page and verifies that it contains a link to your own blog.

I’ve updated the plugin and it is available for download on the bcSpamBlock wordpress page

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  1. Brandon said,

    on November 9th, 2007 at 11:50 am

    Doh, I had a problem with the strstr() call where PHP reverses the needle/haystack arguments for some reason. I just committed a new version that should fix this with version number 1.2.1


  2. on November 9th, 2007 at 7:53 pm

    Cool, mind if I incorporate it into JSSpamBlock when I get a chance?

  3. Brandon said,

    on November 9th, 2007 at 8:08 pm

    Feel free. That’s what I love about open source software :) I haven’t had a lot of time to test the trackback/pingback stuff yet, but so far it has worked well.

  4. wlx said,

    on November 10th, 2007 at 2:45 am

    Hi Brandon,
    Nice work, and I download that latest code, find that the trackback/pingback are included also, so what’s you option about let trackback filtered by simple trackback validation plugin? Because that plugin has more customise to deal with trackback.

  5. Brandon said,

    on November 12th, 2007 at 5:00 pm

    wlx,

    I included that option because the original purpose of my wordpress plugin was for comment validation for the general-purpose bcSpamBlock functions I wrote. I’m not sure what all the other options for Trackback/Pingback validation are. I saw that the ‘simple-trackback-validation’ plugin had more options, so users might prefer to use it instead of my plugin . It makes sense to at least include a configuration file options for those users.


  6. on October 2nd, 2008 at 6:44 am

    [...] Brandon Checketts Blog Archive bcSpamBlock 1.2 for WordPress I saw that the simple-trackback-validation plugin had more options, so users might prefer to use it instead of my plugin . It makes sense to at least include a configuration [...]

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