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Acyd Burn
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phpBB 3.0.5 released

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We are very pleased to announce the availability of the phpBB "quite furry" 3.0.5 package. This release fixes numerous bugs since the 3.0.4 release, corrects style issues, fixing one very minor security bug as well as increasing performance and scalability again. We also decided to add a few new minor features.

New features and important changes are:
  • Added and refined CAPTCHA options to better protect against new version of CAPTCHA crackers.
  • Added an option to the registration screen to allow users to refresh the displayed CAPTCHA.
  • Performance improvements for native fulltext search.
  • Added a new search option. The admin can define the maximum number of words allowed to search for. This option gives control about the maximum search load.
  • Search indexing should no longer stall for some installations.
  • Conflicting files are able to be downloaded now within the automatic updater for manual inspection.
  • The database updater now checks for an incompatible database schema in case the database version got updated. The admin will be notified about possible solutions and repair scripts.
  • We now set the connection encoding for MySQL versions 4.1.0 to 4.1.2. This may fix some conversion issues with special characters.
  • Language pack authors now see errors/notices within their language pack if they enabled DEBUG_EXTRA.
  • Flash files now display again after update to flash player 10.
Please note that we urge you to update. phpBB 3.0.5 has seen a lot of bug fixes, some being quite important for a smooth operation of your forums. With this release our support team will only give support for phpBB 3.0.5, updates to phpBB 3.0.5 and conversions to phpBB 3.0.5. Submissions to our trackers for older versions will not be accepted, please make sure you update/upgrade before you submit a bug report.

If you use a different language pack than the one provided with the download head to our language packs download section. You may find already updated language packs for your language.

Changes since 3.0.4:
  • [Fix] Delete user entry from ban list table upon user deletion (Bug #40015 - Patch by TerraFrost)
  • [Fix] Posts incremented for multiple approval of the same topic (Bug #40495 - Patch by TerraFrost)
  • [Fix] Missing end " in quote bb tag deletes text (Bug #40565 - Patch by TerraFrost)
  • [Fix] Friend/foe system displays posts made by foes while composing (Bug #40325 - Patch by TerraFrost and Highway of Life)
  • [Fix] Check forum_image whether it exists (Bug #39005 - Patch by TerraFrost)
  • [Fix] The sql query in acp_users.php lacks a condition (Bug #40275 - Patch by grimskies)
  • [Fix] Added missing read permission information for some phpbb_chmod() calls
  • [Fix] Correctly display future dates (Bug #38755)
  • [Fix] Fix guest/bot session problems with apache authentication plugin (Bug #41085)
  • [Fix] Whois now works reliably for RIRs other than APNIC and RIPE. (Bug #40085)
  • [Fix] Correctly convert Niels' Birthday MOD to the date format used in phpBB3. (Bug #32895)
  • [Fix] Changed the success message when requesting a new password to be more accurate. (Bug #41405)
  • [Fix] Add missing anti-abuse email headers to acp_inactive.php and ucp_resend.php.
  • [Fix] Only remind users in the correct inactive states depending on the board account activation level.
  • [Fix] Various XHTML mistakes in prosilver, subsilver2 and the ACP. (Bugs #41745, #42265 - Patch by nickvergessen, #38465, #43015)
  • [Fix] Log password changes via password reset function. (Bug #41365)
  • [Fix] Poll, negative durations generate error (Bug #41295 - Patch by TerraFrost)
  • [Fix] Visibility of custom field on registration is incorrectly controlled by setting "display" (Bug #41385 - Patch by Eelke and fade2gray)
  • [Fix] Smilies in username are misparsed on [quote=""] (Bug #41955 - Patch by TerraFrost)
  • [Fix] Deleting all posts in a topic - bad redirect (Bug #41705 - Patch by TerraFrost)
  • [Fix] Deleted users still appear logged in (Bug #41985 - Patch by TerraFrost)
  • [Fix] Removed redundant code and unnecessary queries in forum management. (Bug #42265 - Patch by nickvergessen)
  • [Fix] Correct mbstring regular expression for the allowable username characters, only affects USERNAME_LETTER_NUM_SPACERS. (Bug #42325)
  • [Fix] Fix infinite loop in message handler if cache directory is not writable. (Bug #38675)
  • [Fix] While post is awaiting approval it can still be edited even though it can not be seen (Bug #41435 - Patch by TerraFrost)
  • [Fix] Fix imageset editing for retaining and correctly setting dimensions for images, as well as displaying correct settings for first page load.
  • [Fix] Use OS-specific line endings for mail headers. (related to Bug #42755)
  • [Fix] Hide font size options which are bigger than the allowed size in the editor. (Bug #42615 - Patch by nickvergessen)
  • [Fix] Better thumbnail quality with imagemagick. (Bug #42565)
  • [Fix] Fix download count increments for image attachments without corresponding thumbnails. (Bug #42505)
  • [Fix] Fix wrong bot ip check if bot ip was wrongly entered by admin. (Bug #42485)
  • [Fix] Fix javascript errors in simple header (prosilver) by adding forum_fn.js and the corresponding variables. (Bug #42135)
  • [Fix] Set connection encoding for MySQL versions 4.1.0 to 4.1.2. This may fix some conversion issues with special characters. (Bug #41805)
  • [Fix] Deleting private message attachments could delete post attachments. (Bug #42815)
  • [Fix] Do not suppress PHP notices/errors in language packs if DEBUG_EXTRA mode enabled. (Bug #41485)
  • [Fix] Flash files do not display anymore after update to flash player 10 (Bug #41315)
  • [Fix] Use FQDN for SMTP EHLO/HELO command. (Bug #41025)
  • [Fix] Mass Email works again for users with empty jabber address but notification set to 'both'. (Bug #39755)
  • [Fix] Fix race condition for updating post/topic/etc. counter. (Reported by BartVB)
  • [Fix] Fix duplicate creation of acl options in acl_add_options() under certain conditions. (Bug #38385, #40225)
  • [Fix] Cancel when replying to global announcement redirects to first forum - not to the current forum (Bug #41225 - Patch by TerraFrost)
  • [Fix] Cursor Jumps on New Topic in IE (Bug #42455 - Patch by TerraFrost)
  • [Fix] Add indicator to be used in code if session was created (user visits the site for the first time).
  • [Fix] Correctly count topic views for guests visiting the website the first time by entering the topic directly (Bug #43445)
  • [Fix] Fix bug in postgresql db layer for LIMIT ALL clauses (Reported by JRSweets)
  • [Fix] Sort backups by date, newest first (Bug #14818)
  • [Fix] Prevent incomplete backups stored if option "store and download" is selected and admin cancel download by removing the option. (Bug #20325)
  • [Fix] Enforce correct case for template variables
  • [Fix] Set topic_last_view_time on post/reply/edit to circumvent race conditions in auto prune and false removal of topics for manual forum prune (Bug #18055, #43515)
  • [Fix] Correctly split long subject lines according to the used RFC. This fixes extra spaces within long subjects. (Bug #43715)
  • [Fix] Fix skipping messages if using next/prev PM in history links. (Bug #22205)
  • [Fix] Messenger now also able to use a custom language path. (Bug #36545)
  • [Fix] PM Export uses ISO 8601 date now. (Bug #32645)
  • [Fix] Apply append_sid() to newest/latest post links in viewforum/search and UCP main module. (Bug #26815)
  • [Fix] Do not create thumbnail if thumbnail would've the same size as the original image. (Bug #30725)
  • [Fix] Ability to vote in poll is now required for the ability to change existing vote. (Bug #38925)
  • [Fix] Search for 'topic title only' and 'first post' should work again for non-mysql dbms. (Bug #40605)
  • [Fix] Make sure additional information for accessibility is always exposed to screen readers (Bug #44335 - Patch by MarcoZ)
  • [Fix] Approving a topic when some of the posts within that topic have already been approved (Bug #42585 - Patch by TerraFrost)
  • [Fix] Online status shown when post hidden (Bug #35505 - Patch by Raimon)
  • [Fix] memberlist.php display formating can be distorted by posting long URL for website (Bug #36675 - Patch by TerraFrost)
  • [Fix] Display the online status of hidden users to users with the u_viewonline permission when viewing PMs.
  • [Fix] "Select all" selects much too much in Opera (Bug #42885 - Patch by TerraFrost and ToonArmy)
  • [Fix] Correct calculation of source/target forum statistics if mass moving topics with global announcements (Bug #44545)
  • [Fix] Fix column handling in db updater, custom profile fields and db tools for firebird DBMS (Bug #44555)
  • [Fix] IE8 textarea issues (Bug #43305)
  • [Fix] Prevent accounts from being activated by users when admin activation is turned on and the correct activation key is known.
  • [Fix] Allow the installer to operate under PHP 5.3. (Bug #45255)
  • [Change] Default difference view is now 'inline' instead of 'side by side'
  • [Change] Added new option for merging differences to conflicting files in automatic updater
  • [Change] Add link to user profile in the MCP for user notes and warn user.
  • [Change] Add IN_PHPBB check to generated cache files. (Reported by bantu)
  • [Change] Add topic icons to prosilver UCP main and subscribed templates (Bug #42735 - Patch by Raimon)
  • [Change] Add unique key to ACL options table to prevent duplicate permission options. (Bug #41835)
  • [Change] Redirect to relevant MCP page of multi-page topic if accessing quickmod tools (Split option for example)
  • [Change] Performance improvements for native fulltext search (Patch by Paul)
  • [Change] Changed jumpto() JS function to be more fail-safe. (But #27635 - Patch by peterkclee)
  • [Feature] Added new options for visual confirmation.
  • [Feature] Allow download of conflicting file for later reference in automatic updater
  • [Feature] Allow translation of custom BBCode help messages. (Patch by bantu)
  • [Feature] db_tools now support create table and drop table.
  • [Feature] Database updater checks for incompatible db schema (MySQL 3.x/4.x against MySQL 4.1.x/5.x/6.x)
  • [Feature] New search option: Maximum number of words allowed to search for.
  • [Sec] Only use forum id supplied for posting if global announcement detected. (Reported by nickvergessen)
Please refer to the changelog for a complete list of fixes since 3.0.4: ... &version=3

A short explanation of how to do a conversion, installation or update is included within the provided INSTALL.html file, please be sure to read it.

Minimum Requirements

phpBB3 has a few requirements which must be met before you are able to install and use it.
  • A webserver or web hosting account running on any major Operating System with support for PHP
  • A SQL database system, one of:
    • MySQL 3.23 or above (MySQLi supported)
    • PostgreSQL 7.3+
    • SQLite 2.8.2+
    • Firebird 2.0+
    • MS SQL Server 2000 or above (directly or via ODBC)
    • Oracle
  • PHP 4.3.3+ (>=4.3.3, >4.4.x, >5.x.x, >6.0-dev (compatible)) with support for the database you intend to use.
  • getimagesize() function need to be enabled
  • These optional presence of the following modules within PHP will provide access to additional features, but they are not required.
    • zlib Compression support
    • Remote FTP support
    • XML support
    • Imagemagick support
    • GD Support
The presence of each of these optional modules will be checked during the installation process.


Security issues found should be reported to our security tracker in the usual way.

Available packages

If you experience problems with the automatic update (white screens, timeouts, etc.) we recommend using the "changed files only" or "patch" method for updating.

With this release, there are five packages available.
  • Full Package:
    Contains entire phpBB3 source and english language files.
  • Automatic Update Package:
    Update package for the automatic updater, containing the changes from previous release to this release.
  • Changed Files Only:
    Contains only those files changed from previous versions of phpBB3. Please note this archive contains changed files for each previous release.
  • Patch Files:
    Contains patch compatible patches from previous versions of phpBB3.
  • Code Changes Package:
    Package contains changes to the following sections: Language changes, prosilver style changes and subsilver2 style changes.
Select whichever package is most suitable for you. As a tiny guide we recommend the following methods based on the requirements:
  • For a new installation you should use the Full Package
  • For updates of boards without modifications you can basically use the Automatic Update Package (guided update) or the Changed Files Only package (manual update).
  • For updates of boards with modifications you should use the Automatic Update Package. If you are confident with patch files and patching you can use the Patch Files Package.
  • Style Authors and Translators may use the Code Changes Package to update their styles or language packs directly.
  • International Support Teams may use the Patch Package in conjunction with the Code Changes to better support users having problems with conflicts or specific code sections.
  • If you are a hoster/provider, you may want to use the Patch Files Package to update all of your client installations.
Please ensure you read the INSTALL and README documents in docs/ before proceeding with installation, updates or conversions!.

Download Locations

You can of course find this download available on our downloads page.
Our release archive provides all packages we build. If you do not find the desired package you may want to have a look at the release archive.

Have fun with the release,
the phpBB Team

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