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Security of the system

Postby acabello » Wed Nov 28, 2007 2:19 pm

Hi Alec

For several months now, a user with an email sandra-iz@mail.com (the last two letters after sandra- changes with every mail) registers ones or twice a week (even more). The system sends a welcome email to the user, however, it returns indicating an error. The user name is usually the name Sandra-iz (the last two letters are the same as in the email). The password in the email indicates that it is unknown. We are experiencing the same problem now with Yorkshire-kk@NetZoola.com... The last two letters after Yorkshire- changes every email. It is clear that these emails and registrations are being conducted through an automated process. Fore some reason I can’t detect the emails or users in the system when I search among the users.

Is someone else having this problem? How can we secure our site to this kind of invasion?

Since the system is sending the welcoming email (with a non-functioning email) there is a new registration, that for some reason the system is not detecting.... what problems might this bring?...I dont know!!


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Re: Security of the system

Postby asmecher » Wed Nov 28, 2007 9:02 pm

Hi Alejandro,

See e.g. http://pkp.sfu.ca/support/forum/viewtopic.php?p=8605#p8605 for a discussion of similar problems. Spam registrations have been reported by several users; these aren't any kind of risk (security or otherwise), but they can clutter up role lists. CAPTCHA testing, due for release shortly with OJS 2.2, should solve the problem.

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