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  • Dean C
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    You can't stop it, as simple as that. You can hack flashget to change the referrer, the headers and the useragent.

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  • keiser
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    Originally posted by UHN_ED
    This thread is several years old.

    Anyway, even if you disabled it; your bandwidth would be more or less the same. They would still download what they wanted; it may take them longer.

    3900GB is a ton of traffic; you must make money from the site, right?
    Yeah I make money on it, but my site has grown out of control, its like no other vbulletin board you've ever seen. The site is www.hookupboard.com if you wanna check it out.

    We aren't accepting any new user registrations right now because of the craziness, but i'll turn it back on in a few days.

    I'd still like to disable the flashget if anyone knows how to. I know the htaccess solution doesn't seem to be working.

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  • UHN_ED
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    This thread is several years old.

    Anyway, even if you disabled it; your bandwidth would be more or less the same. They would still download what they wanted; it may take them longer.

    3900GB is a ton of traffic; you must make money from the site, right?

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  • keiser
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    Has anyone figured this one out yet? I'm still not able to disable this, and these downloader programs are killing my bandwidth. Just came up with over 3900GB for the month of October.

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  • Skeptical
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    Fastforward,
    How come in the last line you don't have a [R,L]? I thought you need a R for redirect?

    RewriteRule ^.*$ /wpoison/nospam.html [L]


    Should it be like this instead?

    RewriteRule ^.*$ /wpoison/nospam.html [R,L]

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  • Skeptical
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    Originally posted by eva2000
    you have anime sites too.. i didn't know that
    Hee hee... yeah I do. Love that stuff. But the recent abusers are making me very angry. I think it's all coming from one group of people, but I'm not sure.


    Fastforward, THANKS for the great hint! I'll try it out asap.

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  • fastforward
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    Your final rule will match nothing. You need a .* in between the ^$
    Here's what I use to redirect email siphons to a blank page:
    Code:
    RewriteEngine on
      RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^EmailSiphon [OR]
      RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^EmailWolf [OR]
      RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^ExtractorPro [OR]
      RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Mozilla.*NEWT [OR]
      RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Crescent [OR]
      RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^CherryPicker [OR]
      RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^WebBandit [OR]
      RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^NICErsPRO [OR]
      RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Microsoft.URL [OR]
      RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^-?$ [OR]
      RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^EmailCollector
      RewriteRule ^.*$ /wpoison/nospam.html [L]

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  • George L
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    you have anime sites too.. i didn't know that

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  • Skeptical
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    Eva2000, I think you and I are in similar situations. Lately I'm getting bombarded with people setting up tons of anime galleries and people using Iria/FlashGet to download them afterwards. I've had my server crash and bandwidth skyrocket as a result. Is this what you're getting too?

    Ok, looking over the documentation I've come up with this. Does anyone know if this is correct? Eva2000 if you don't mind, perhaps you can test it to see if it works?

    RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^FlashGet.*$ [or]
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^GetRight.*$ [or]
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Iria.*$
    RewriteRule ^$ http://www.domain.com/ [R,L]

    Basically all I did was add a "$" to the end. That symbol represents the end whereas "^" represents with the beginning. ".*" represents 0 or more wildcard characters.

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  • George L
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    I don't know much about mod_rewrite only what i read... but if you do get a solution let me know..

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  • Skeptical
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    I wasn't talking about Macromedia's Flash. Eva2000 you got it right.

    Those nasty FlashGet's, Iria's, and GetRight's can drain the hell outta your webserver without any sort of compensation in adviews. I hate them with a passion so I'm trying to figure out a way to block these leechers.

    So does anyone here know what I'm doing wrong with my mod_rewrite statements?

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  • Matt@ikonboard
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    Ooops, got hold of the wrong end of the stick.

    I meant evil people hacking a server using Flash 5's action scripting abilities.

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  • George L
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    from the original post sample i am assuming he's talking about download managers like

    getright and flashget - which i actually use for download my mysql dumps hehe - http://www.amazesoft.com/

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  • fastforward
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    Originally posted by [email protected]
    No but consider this:

    If you allow flash to be posted in messages, or allow flash avatars, an evil user could incorporate an action script in the flash movie which will (via HTTP) GET the contents of the /etc/passwd file, thus enabling them to spend a few hours cracking the server password.

    I would too be interested in learning how to configure apache to stop this abuse.

    Are we talking about the same flash here ?

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  • George L
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    not sure about that but i was thinking bandwidth wise..

    if you had image gallery or downloads on one page, i can easily use flashget to download all of them with simultaneous downloads at up to 64kb/s for each download ...

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