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  1. #1
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    Form Trouble

    Hi everyone,

    I have numerous forms on my website that allow the visitor to e-mail me directly from the website . . . making things easier on the visitor.

    However, I have a problem that I have noticed and don't know how to solve.

    That is, spamming.

    I have noticed, I receive e-mail from the forms, with code in them, and no real message, except some gibberish. It makes me wonder if someone is using my website forms, to e-mail another person . . . basically spamming others through my forms. That is possible, isn't it?

    Well, the e-mails come in similar format as the following:

    the
    Content-Type: multipart/alternative;
    boundary=522fb9a6e7da029d0062f23a48a93d10
    MIME-Version: 1.0
    Subject: there was not, on all the
    bcc: bajfIa@aol.com

    This is a multi-part message in MIME format.

    --522fb9a6e7da029d0062f23a48a93d10
    Content-Type: text/plain; charset=\"us-ascii\"
    MIME-Version: 1.0
    Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit

    through his hand to the party in the barouche. he first genuine addy
    have met since have
    --522fb9a6e7da029d0062f23a48a93d10--

    .


    URL or Page:
    iavolo1840@workmenforchrist.org

    E-mail Adress:
    iavolo1840@workmenforchrist.org
    Now, when I get these messages, they always come in groups also, about maybe five or so nonsense "spamming" messages like the above (of course, with different words and fake e-mail addresses @ mydomain.com

    Now, I know these messages are not normal messages because the normal ones are . . . normal. So does anyone know why I receive such things. Are they spam? Are they people hacking and using my website to send others mail? Or are they even just certain search engines filling out the forms with nonsense and crawling the send page that way?

    Also, can anyone PLEASE let me know of a simple and easy way to stop this from happening?

    Oh, yes, it would help if I gave my website so you could see the form:
    http://workmenforchrist.org/Contact.html
    That is the form I think is used the most for this "spamming/crawling/hacking."

    Also, if helpful, I use an HTML form, and use PHP to e-mail the form contents.

    Thank you, very much, for your help!

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    I don't think that form's the culprit.
    "Debugging is twice as hard as writing the code in the first place. Therefore, if you write the code as cleverly as possible, you are, by definition, not smart enough to debug it." Brian W. Kernighan

  3. #3
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    Hmm, well here is the other form it could possibly be:
    http://www.workmenforchrist.org/EmailMe.html

    But the way the e-mails are sent, it seems the right form.

    The way I have it set to send, is

    The Problem . . .

    URL or Page:
    . . . . .

    E-mail Adress:
    . . . .

    ++++++

    Either way, have you ever experienced or heard of such a thing? Or would you (or anyone else) know of how I could solve this problem? It slightly worries me if someone is using it as a hack, and irritates me if it is just spam or a search engine!

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    In your PHP form handler make sure the host that's posting the form is your host. That helps protect you from someone posting to your mail handler.
    "Debugging is twice as hard as writing the code in the first place. Therefore, if you write the code as cleverly as possible, you are, by definition, not smart enough to debug it." Brian W. Kernighan

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