Introduction One day, I released yet another mod to my website and noticed that once I published the link to the new thread, I started getting views on the thread. In just over 15 minutes, 1,100+ views were logged for JUST THAT ONE THREAD! It took deleting that thread for the attack to pretty much stop. So I wrote this mod to try to play interference in attempts to bring a forum down....
This mod records all non-action visits (aka board index, individual boards and topics) from an IP address for all members EXCEPT for admin and moderators within the session data. If the visitor is recorded as having more hits than a specified number of times per minutes, this mod will automatically place a ban in the .htaccess file. The default (and minimum) is set to 30 (one hit every 2 seconds), which I feel is more than reasonable for most users.
This mod attempts to detect whether CloudFlare servers are being used, and writes the .htaccess accordingly.
Additional Requirements Because we really don't want to ban our "wonderful" spiders, this mod turns on Search Engine Tracking Level to Standard setting in order to properly detect spiders. For SMF 2.0.x, the Search Engine core feature is enabled in order to properly detect spiders.
Recommended Mods To Install o More Spiders - Adds 83 more spiders/crawlers to your Spiders section in SMF!
Admin Settings There is a new setting under Admin => Configuration => Security and Moderation called: o Maximum number of visits allowed before automatic ban
Compatibility Notes This mod was tested on SMF 2.0.11 and SMF 2.1 RC2, but should work on SMF 2.0 and up. SMF 1.x is not and will not be supported.
Changelog The changelog can be viewed at XPtsp.com.
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