#44 Bot Sentry no longer works with MSN protocol in Pidgin

v1.3.0
open
Bug (11)
5
2010-07-29
2010-04-16
Majik Fox
No

Bot Sentry has stopped working with the MSN protocol on Pidgin.

I have used it for a long time on several different computers running Ubuntu Karmic and Lucid.

Every time I sign in to MSN with Pidgin I get several spam messages.

I am fairly sure the spam bots are not answering the challenge question because it is "in what year was John Updyke's novel Rabbit, Run published."

I have tried using other questions as well, in case the bots somehow memorized the answer to the question.

I have verified on every computer that the "use bot sentry with this account" box is checked in the account settings.

Discussion

  • Majik Fox

    Majik Fox - 2010-05-10
    • assigned_to: nobody --> deckrider
    • priority: 5 --> 8
     
  • Majik Fox

    Majik Fox - 2010-05-10

    Any update on this? Verification? It was posted almost a month ago.

     
  • Majik Fox

    Majik Fox - 2010-06-18

    Any update on this?

    It was posted two months ago.

     
  • Majik Fox

    Majik Fox - 2010-06-18
    • priority: 8 --> 6
     
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    Anonymous - 2010-07-28

    I can at least confirm this. It does no longer work for me also.

     
  • Majik Fox

    Majik Fox - 2010-07-28
    • priority: 6 --> 7
     
  • Majik Fox

    Majik Fox - 2010-07-28

    Any update on this?

    It was posted three months ago.

     
  • David Everly

    David Everly - 2010-07-29

    I don''t know if its even possible for an msn user to send you a message without that person being in your buddy list or your allow list (tools privacy).

    And bot sentry doesn't block anyone who is already in these lissts.

    Can you please check them for users you think bot sentry didn't block?

     
  • David Everly

    David Everly - 2010-07-29
    • priority: 7 --> 5
    • status: open --> pending
     
  • Majik Fox

    Majik Fox - 2010-07-29

    The offending messages are coming from spam bots with arbitrary names who are not on my contact list.

    A MSN user can send a message to any MSN user over MSN protocol without prior authorization.

    The observed feature that allows messages to be received only from users on the contact list is a feature that is implemented in Microsoft's Live Messenger client.

    I have verified this by installing the Live Messenger software and specified that I want messages only from users on my contact list. The feature worked as advertised.

    However, when I switched back to Pidgin I found that I was getting messages from people who are not on my contact list again.

    Thus I derived that this is a client feature.

     
  • Majik Fox

    Majik Fox - 2010-07-29
    • status: pending --> open
     
  • David Everly

    David Everly - 2010-07-29

    Sorry, I'm speaking of Pidgin, not any other client. Pidgin has two lists which are consulted by bot-sentry. If either list contains that user it is allowed through.

    Please check the two pidgin lists.

     
  • David Everly

    David Everly - 2010-07-29
    • status: open --> pending
     
  • Majik Fox

    Majik Fox - 2010-07-29
    • status: pending --> open
     
  • Majik Fox

    Majik Fox - 2010-07-29

    The offending messages are coming from spam bots with arbitrary names who
    are not on my contact list.

     
  • Majik Fox

    Majik Fox - 2010-09-09

    Any update on this?

    It was posted five months ago.

     

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