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vBSecurity Beta, Navtabs & thread ratings updates, vBArcade MOTM nomination

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Big news this week is the Beta release of our latest mod: vBSecurity. We've seen a number of security mods over the years and felt that they were all very narrow-focused, and intended to deal with pretty specific types of thread. In our experience social engineering or malicious staff/former staff are as likely, or more likely, to be security issues than a server vulnerability! We have designed vBSecurity with that in mind, and it's pretty comprehensive in what it helps defend against. You can take a look at the full feature list here and also ask why something is or isn't included!

In a departure from the usual vBSecurity currently has a special low price that will last only through the beta period. I've not decided what the final price will be yet, but it'll be higher than it is now. If it's something you're interested in you'll probably want to grab it before it goes gold!

In other news there have been small updates to vBNavTabs and Thread Ratings adding a few tweaks and new features, as well as bug fixes. You can read about them here, here and here.

Lastly, Another thanks to everyone who got AJAX Threads voted as Mod of the Month for November over at vBulletin.org - In celebration all of our MOTM winning mods (Ajax Threads, vBQuiz and Advanced Post Thanks/Likes) are 15% off this month. Simply use the coupon code MOTM to get your discount!

Thanks to you guys vBArcade is up for nomination this month now - you should go check out the vBulletin Mod of the Month poll for December and vote for whichever is your favourite! All of the coders nominated (including us) appreciate votes! Apologies if i'm getting boring with this MOTM stuff btw guys, I appreciate you putting up with it =P

What's Going On

@Belazor is working on vBSecurity to make it even more awesome
@Dylan is in the design phase of a big new mod, and is probably tearing his hair out at having to work so closely with me =P
@Darkwaltz4 is working on vBArcade and a new modification still. Hopefully we'll be seeing a vBArcade update in the next week ^.^
@Ozzy47 is working on v1.1 of vBNavTabs
@bszopi is working on his first mod for DBTech, which shall (even still) remain nameless for now
@Pandemikk is also working on his first DBTech mod,

Coming Soon

vBSecurity Gold
vBArcade update
New mods from @bszopi and @Pandemikk in the next month or so

Decado's Corner

So the big news this week is vBSecurity coming out, I've felt for a long time that the lack of protection and tracking for security breaches from within, or social engineering, is something vBulletin could be doing a better job with. My personal favourite part of the new system is the ability to receive warnings when certain things happen (lots of failed logins from an IP for instance) and to be able to use the new logging system to easily see who has been changing what settings - and what exactly they've been doing. It's a great tool for tracking staff abuse as well and I think you guys will love it.

Belazor has done a lot of back-end type security stuff as well that is more his speciality so the mod should be pretty wide-ranging in it's awesomeness =D.

At the moment i'm going over the design images @Dylan has sent me for the planned layout for his new mod based on our preliminary discussions on it over the past few days. He always does a great job of understanding exactly what i'm looking for without requiring too much back and forth, so at the moment i'm just kinda looking for little flaws so he knows I've actually looked at the images and not just gone "oh yeah, those are fine" haha.

Thanks to everyone who asked after me last week when i blogged about my health issues - it was appreciated guys =).

Thanks to everyone for reading, as always I look forward to your comments and questions below!

Iain & The DBTech Team
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  1. Valcav's Avatar
    wow,
    this is some big & great news!!!
    going to Checkout my Cart!!!
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  2. Captive Reefs's Avatar
    I hope vbarcade update includes vb3!
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  3. Decado's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Captive Reefs
    I hope vbarcade update includes vb3!
    That's the plan, assuming nothing implodes xD
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  4. Captive Reefs's Avatar
    Yes!
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  5. hornstar's Avatar
    2 questions

    1. What social engineering security features are you referring to in this vbsecurity released mod? This has always been a big area of concern.
    2. Have you guys done any load tests yet under a busy big board?

    I have a pretty cool idea for a feature, but I will post it later ^^
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  6. Decado's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by hornstar
    2 questions

    1. What social engineering security features are you referring to in this vbsecurity released mod? This has always been a big area of concern.
    2. Have you guys done any load tests yet under a busy big board?

    I have a pretty cool idea for a feature, but I will post it later ^^
    A lot of the features are designed to mitigate the damage someone can do once they gain access to your ACP by getting someones password - we also have a .htaccess style additional password login for admins which means them using an insecure personal password elsewhere won't compromise your security.

    In addition you can set alert flags for certain patterns of actions - for instance if someone logs in as a staffer and attempts to put a user into a privileged usergroup without anyone noticing (which currently no one would be notified of) or if they attempt to change the password of another staffer who rarely logs in for instance.

    There is also a section with pretty much all of the default vBulletin features that could be used for hacking purposes after a surreptitious access attempt, stuff that normally you wouldn't notice until it was too late - turning on HTML in posts for instance. Even just giving recommendations on default vB settings that might be overlooked that represent an non-conventional security risk through being missed or poorly configured can help with this sort of thing.

    There are quite a few features along those lines.

    Regarding the big board testing - there hasn't been any yet. We don't have the capability of testing on huge boards, but there isn't much in the mod that should affect load based on the number of users online. @Belazor should be able to give more detail on it.
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    Updated 10th December 2011 at 14:34 by Belazor
  7. Belazor's Avatar
    I severely doubt this mod will have any impact on server load, as in the front-end it only queries a table on failed login.
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  8. Freekoid's Avatar
    I soooo need to know what the nameless mods are, then I can drool over them like a kid looking through a toy shop window adding to his ever growing list of wishes!
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  9. Ozzy47's Avatar
    Ok I will tell ya, the nameless mod are,


    Nameless for now lol.
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  10. Freekoid's Avatar
    Yeah but, no but, yeah but.. What if I'm contemplating on buying a mod and only have limited funds. Then a week down the line the mod I really want comes out and I can't afford it!
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  11. Pandemikk's Avatar
    My mod is called: vBvBulletin

    It allows you to create a forum inside your forum so you can post while you post.
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  12. Freekoid's Avatar
    Your no help Pandemikk, Iz gots one of them, its called a 'sub forum'
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