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phpBB force login hack

By admin | December 16, 2008

To set up a private forum in phpBB, you could simply make all the forums “No Access” to guests and bots. But if they can still view your member list and profiles, that is a security leak. Here is a patch to remedy that by forcing the guest or bot to login before they can see the forum:

  1. Open up index.php from your phpBB installation.
  2. After line 25 (“$auth->acl($user->data);“), add the following code:
    // Hack to disable anonymous viewing
    if ($user->data[‘user_id’] == ANONYMOUS || $user->data[‘is_bot’])
    } else {
  3. After the line “page_header($user->lang[‘INDEX’]);“, add the following code:
    // end hack to disable anonymous viewing
  4. Re-upload index.php to your web server. Don’t forget to clear your cache and log out to see the effect.

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Topics: PHP | 9 Comments »

9 Responses to “phpBB force login hack”

  1. Adam Parkzer Says:
    December 13th, 2009 at 14:55

    This actually works! I just wasted about 15 minutes searching around for a modification that would do the job for me, when all I needed to do was manually add a few lines of code. Thanks for the useful post.

  2. iracruz Says:
    October 30th, 2010 at 10:30

    Hack again?!

  3. Pedro Henrique Says:
    February 11th, 2013 at 11:22

    Great! It really works!

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