Visual entry validation problem

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wildian
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Visual entry validation problem

Post by wildian » Fri Oct 31, 2008 12:43 pm

Hi there. We've been having problems with new users signing up. When I looked through the forums for a solution I came across someone with a validate_phpbb.php script for trying to work out whether it was a problem with Zlib.

The only problems flagged up by the script were with templates (now disabled) and that the "Required configuration key search_min_chars is missing". When I looked into the latter I saw someone who added created search_min_chars with value 3 in the config table - I tried this and it had no effect.

I was wondering if there's something obvious I'm missing. Any help would be thoroughly appreciated.

The script asked to include this when requesting help:

Required table phpbb_auth_access has all required fields
Required table phpbb_user_group has all required fields
Required table phpbb_groups has all required fields
Required table phpbb_banlist has all required fields
Required table phpbb_categories has all required fields
Required table phpbb_config has all required fields
Required table phpbb_confirm has all required fields
Required table phpbb_disallow has all required fields
Required table phpbb_forum_prune has all required fields
Required table phpbb_forums has all required fields
Required table phpbb_posts has all required fields
Required table phpbb_posts_text has all required fields
Required table phpbb_privmsgs has all required fields
Required table phpbb_privmsgs_text has all required fields
Required table phpbb_ranks has all required fields
Required table phpbb_search_results has all required fields
Required table phpbb_search_wordlist has all required fields
Required table phpbb_search_wordmatch has all required fields
Required table phpbb_sessions has all required fields
Required table phpbb_sessions_keys has all required fields
Required table phpbb_smilies has all required fields
Required table phpbb_themes has all required fields
Required table phpbb_themes_name has all required fields
Required table phpbb_topics has all required fields
Required table phpbb_topics_watch has all required fields
Required table phpbb_users has all required fields
Required table phpbb_vote_desc has all required fields
Required table phpbb_vote_results has all required fields
Required table phpbb_vote_voters has all required fields
Required table phpbb_words has all required fields

Database reports it is version 2.0.19.
Required configuration key search_min_chars is missing!

Style 'subSilver' supports Visual Confirmation for registration, supports Visual Confirmation configuration option,
supports Auto Logon configuration option, supports Maximum login count configuration option.

Style 'SwiftBlue' supports Visual Confirmation for registration, supports Visual Confirmation configuration option,
does not support Auto Logon configuration option, does not support Maximum login count configuration option.

Style 'ezSerenity' supports Visual Confirmation for registration, does not support Visual Confirmation configuration option,
does not support Auto Logon configuration option, does not support Maximum login count configuration option.

Style 'Access' supports Visual Confirmation for registration, does not support Visual Confirmation configuration option,
does not support Auto Logon configuration option, does not support Maximum login count configuration option.

Style 'Crisp' supports Visual Confirmation for registration, does not support Visual Confirmation configuration option,
does not support Auto Logon configuration option, does not support Maximum login count configuration option.

Style 'Neon' supports Visual Confirmation for registration, supports Visual Confirmation configuration option,
does not support Auto Logon configuration option, does not support Maximum login count configuration option.

Style 'phpBBlite' supports Visual Confirmation for registration, supports Visual Confirmation configuration option,
does not support Auto Logon configuration option, does not support Maximum login count configuration option.

Extension Zlib, which will enhance the security of the standard Visual Confirmation image, is available.
Extension GD, necessary for the FREECAP replacement for the Visual Confirmation image, is available.
Extension Multibyte String is installed.

Thanks again,
B

espicom
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Re: Visual entry validation problem

Post by espicom » Fri Oct 31, 2008 3:35 pm

The validation report checks against v2.0.23 requirements; the field that is "missing" would be inserted when you run the update script that comes with the newer version of phpBB... and you really should update.

As for visual confirmation, there are a number of things that can break it, and not all of them are under your control. While the system appears to be able to support VC, if the site has any advertising banners that attach themselves to "all PHP pages", you can't do visual confirmation, for example.

VC is also obsolete, unless you're replacing it with a different CAPTCHA engine; the one that comes with v2 of phpBB was solved several years ago by spammers. Check the first topic here about spam prevention for much more effective solutions.
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