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 Post subject: Issues with Avatars
PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2011 12:38 pm 
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Last week, I updated the forum software. Many may have noticed that it was down for a bit. You may have noticed that your avatars have disappeared.

Now what I've noticed for at least myself is that when someone has an avatar linked off-site, it will display. But anybody that has uploaded their avatars it will not. If you try to click on it to load the image, you'll sometimes get an error page:

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Fatal error: Call to undefined function request_var() in /home/falcfa2/public_html/forums/download/file.php on line 61


Apparently, the new board software changed a line of code. If I go into it and edit it back to the old way, then the avatars upload. But apparently that is not the secure way of doing it, and while I'd guess that it's a very modest change that won't lead to the board being really all that vulnerable, I'm not going to roll the dice.

The uploaded avatars are still in their folder, but for whatever reason the new code doesn't load them onto the page.

So until I can figure out a way to change the code without it becoming a security issue, then my suggestion is to either link to an off-site image or choose one from the gallery allowed, or go avatar-less.

I'm going to try and add some more avatars to the site's own gallery for people to choose from.

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 Post subject: Re: Issues with Avatars
PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2011 11:47 pm 
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Dam I enjoyed having all of you look at my beautiful pic :cry:

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 Post subject: Re: Issues with Avatars
PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2011 10:29 pm 
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Any update on this, I've been trying to upload a handfull of pics with no luck......

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 Post subject: Re: Issues with Avatars
PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2011 11:46 pm 
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Sorry Dave, no update. I don't think this problem is going to go away until they make the next update in software, which typically occurs every 8 months.

But I'll keep checking to see how serious the vulnerability is if I change the single line of code. Again, I don't think it's a big deal. But if in 6 months this board is hacked.

My recommendation in the meantime if you are intent on uploading an avatar is to sign up for one of those photo sharing/hosting sites (e.g. ImageShack), upload whatever there, and then just link to it in your profile.

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 Post subject: Re: Issues with Avatars
PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2011 12:23 am 
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As I said, the avatars are still in the upload folder. And I found out that if you go to your Avatar settings and put the URL in the Link to off-site avatar box, it will allow you to display the avatar.
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So if you want to link back to a previously uploaded avatar, just reply in this thread and describe the image and I'll provide with the appropriate URL so you can link to it.

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 Post subject: Re: Issues with Avatars
PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2011 1:05 am 
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K then put in any of my old avatars, perhaps the one of a man standing with his arms up in front of a cheering crowd.

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 Post subject: Re: Issues with Avatars
PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2011 11:24 am 
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For whatever reason Dave, that one is no longer in the folder. My suggestion is try uploading it again, or choose another one.

Again, the other solution is also to upload it to a site like ImageShack and link to it there.

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 Post subject: Re: Issues with Avatars
PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 2:56 pm 
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Ok, I fixed the issue with the uploading of avatars. So people should be able to upload avatars without issue now.

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