Gallery2 Captcha

Having recently cleaned out all my comment spam from Gallery2, I’ve been wondering how it got there in the first place. In order for non-authenticated users to leave a comment, they must first answer a Captcha. Having tested it’s working correctly, I’m forced to conclude that somebody has a bot that can successfully read and reply to the Gallery2 Captchas.

As of this time, I can’t find any information on replacing the Captcha images with other versions. Obviously if all Gallery2 users have identical Captchas then it’s well worth the spammers time and effort to automatically handle them. There are after all only 10 possible digits. If anyone has info on replacing the stock captcha set with others, I’d be pleased to hear about it.

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2 Responses to Gallery2 Captcha

  1. ben hall says:

    Dittttto. I’ve been dealing with these bots for some time now and it’s basically driving me nuts. I barely get comments, so I may just disable the functionality completely. So far I’ve been filtering by ip space/16 meaning I block 65535 ip addresses per spam deposit. Not exactly an inviting policy but it seems to keep them at bay for a day or two.

    -ben

  2. I’ve been having the same trouble. Was a total nightmare until I’ve found this solution -> http://techblogbydave.blogspot.com/2008/10/prevent-comment-spam-in-gallery-2.html

    It works by looking at the comment, and if it contains a web address it’s rejected and not entered in the database.

    We use it on our site, and it’s done great job.

    Peter

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