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phpBB Sucks

Discussion in 'phpBB' started by Help Desk, Mar 31, 2005.

  1. #1
    Putting it plainly, phpBB sucks. It's not a good alternative for forums unless you make daily backups. For hobby-sites where you can't get automatic backups off your server, it is not a good option. They consistently get hacked. I just lost my forum because of this, but I guess it is also the fault of my hosting service that doesn't facilitate adequate backups.
    SEMrush
     
    Help Desk, Mar 31, 2005 IP
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  2. anthonycea

    anthonycea Banned

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  3. Christopher

    Christopher Peon

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    Just like anything else, ya gotta keep it updated (my achilles heal too).
     
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    digitalpoint Overlord of no one Staff

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    #4
    While nothing will ever be perfect and unexploitable, I have to say that the guys that make vBulletin always come out with security patches before I hear about it from anywhere else. I can't say the same for phpBB.
     
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  5. Will.Spencer

    Will.Spencer NetBuilder

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    What version of phpBB were you running?
     
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    Help Desk Well-Known Member

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    It really isn't a matter of keeping it updated that is a problem. If you have a site as a hobby, you aren't going to check everyday or maybe everyweek. There isn't even a notification service. I can afford vBulletin but I don't want to give that much money for something that isn't used more. ...but ofcourse I may want a forum more than I want that money.
     
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    Help Desk Well-Known Member

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    I was running .11 before the hack. I might restore it and change the database to read only access(for historical purposes). I am trying to buy a tape restore of the database from just before the hack. Otherwise it's back to October for the forum.

    It is such a PITA to upgrade these hosted apps. Maybe that's the real reason I like MS stuff. It's always easy to upgrade and patch and not once have I ever been "hacked".
     
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  8. Will.Spencer

    Will.Spencer NetBuilder

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    Ack... I'm running .11 now and I did not think there were any known security vulnerabilities...
     
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    Sorry to hear your bad news as it is a great shame this thing goes on
    Well to be trueful its free and like any forum software you need to backup twice a week at least
     
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    It's probably a good idea to upgrade to .13 just incase.
     
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    l234244 Peon

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    There was a critical update on 27th February to phpBB 2.0.13. I guess if you dont update these critical updates you will eventually get caught out.
     
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  12. Help Desk

    Help Desk Well-Known Member

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    How can you automate that through a hosted service though? I would love to get daily or weekly backups delivered to me.
     
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    Fishing Forum Active Member

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    Well Im on VB and have a script that does it twice a week plus I update manual though mysql once a week as well

    Bit of a pain in the arse but call be old fashioned but if Ive done it myself then I know it been done ( if you know what I mean ) Plus doing it manual I can do a table at a time so re install is a lot easier than trying to look at a 30G file

    MMM - so Ive been no help to your question but Im sure some other people on here will post the answer --- good luck
     
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    Dastar Active Member

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    #14
    All versions except for the latest have known security issues.
     
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    minstrel Illustrious Member

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    #15
    If you want to protect ANY forum, you'd better take the time to make sure it's updated.

    And you're wrong, by the way: There IS a notification service. Take the time to go to www.phpbb.com and sign up for it.
     
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    Help Desk Well-Known Member

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    Post the link. It's not easilty found. You can't subscribe to threads which would have made it easy.
     
    Help Desk, Apr 1, 2005 IP
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    anthonycea Banned

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    Bling go over to their forum and start a thread, Minstrel can't do all your work for you.
     
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  18. minstrel

    minstrel Illustrious Member

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    It's on their Support page at http://www.phpbb.com/support/.

    Once you've upgraded to v 2.0.13, you'll also see this right below the basic forum stats on the ACP index:

    And what do you mean by

    ???

    Of course you can -- I am subscribed to many. Of course, you do have to register as a member, as with any other forum... which is of course free.
     
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  19. Help Desk

    Help Desk Well-Known Member

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    My apologies, I have always gone straight to the forum. When trying to search for this information in the forum, it came back with nothing.

    Anyway the forum is back up. Unfortunately it is from October. If anybody knows of an easy way to backup an MySQL database on a schedule from a hosted environment, it would be great.

    If you want to post at my forums to give me some content, that could be great as well.
     
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  20. minstrel

    minstrel Illustrious Member

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    It depends how big the database is. You can back it up to a subfolder on your site fairly quickly but you may well find it quits without backing up the whole thing if you have a large database and limited space on the server. Or you can download the backup to your hard drive if you have a fast connection or are willing to let it run overnight.

    Either way, there is a MOD for scheduling automatic backups I think at phpBB.com although I don't have it installed so I can't tell you how or how well it works.
     
    minstrel, Apr 11, 2005 IP