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How to see version of phpBB on a forum?

Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 12:26 am
by techboyg5
Is there a way to identify the version of phpBB that is running on a forum?

Re: How to see version of phpBB on a forum?

Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 12:43 am
by P_I
techboyg5 wrote:
Tue Jun 30, 2020 12:26 am
Is there a way to identify the version of phpBB that is running on a forum?
ACP General tab shows this information.

Re: How to see version of phpBB on a forum?

Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 12:45 am
by techboyg5
P_I wrote:
Tue Jun 30, 2020 12:43 am
techboyg5 wrote:
Tue Jun 30, 2020 12:26 am
Is there a way to identify the version of phpBB that is running on a forum?
ACP General tab shows this information.
I'm not talking about a forum that is my own. I want to know how to find the version of phpBB running on a forum anywhere on the web, where I cannot access the ACP.

Re: How to see version of phpBB on a forum?

Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 12:48 am
by STN
I believe it's hidden for security reasons. You don't want people knowing if you're running an outdated version, do you?

Re: How to see version of phpBB on a forum?

Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 2:04 am
by Lumpy Burgertushie
it is not hidden very well if you know where to look.
however, why not just ask the owner of the board in question what version they are running.
they might just tell you.


robert

Re: How to see version of phpBB on a forum?

Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 6:34 am
by Mick
STN wrote:
Tue Jun 30, 2020 12:48 am
I believe it's hidden for security reasons
Not really or if it is it’s not hidden very well😁, it must be mentioned a thousand of times on here. Generally /styles/prosilver/style.cfg is good enough although that can be hidden or altered for some reason unbeknown to me so isn’t always 100% accurate but good enough in most cases.

Re: How to see version of phpBB on a forum?

Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 7:11 am
by warmweer
The style.cfg shows the version of the style (and of the phpBB fileset unless update/upgrade instructions weren't followed properly), but on boards using a style other than prosilver, sometime styles that are not up to date are used (not a good idea).
Also the style.cfg only gives information pertaining to the version of that specific style, but tells nothing about the phpBB database version. For that information database access is needed.

Re: How to see version of phpBB on a forum?

Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 3:02 pm
by Lumpy Burgertushie
all true, however, even if prosilver is not being used, it is most likely still there and you can access that file in your browser to see the version of prosilver. also true that if updates/upgrades are not done correctly you could have one version of prosilver (files) and a different version of the database.

bottom line is that the reason the version was removed from the footer years ago was because phpbb2 had so many security holes that the hackers were able to just do a google search for the version phrase and then had all the boards just sitting there waiting for them to run their hacks against.
when phpbb3 came out and all those easy hacks were no longer working, there was no longer any benefit to the hackers for searching based on the version number.

robert

Re: How to see version of phpBB on a forum?

Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 3:09 pm
by Mick
If I may ask, why do you want to know?