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  1. szstevo
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    see: http://www.stevepeer.net/wordpress

    I installed the ecologici theme found here: http://themes.wordpress.net/other/right-sidebar/3955/ecologic1-10

    I customized it, no problems. I went to add my scripts to the footer and found this code:

    <?php if(!function_exists('findsysfolder')){function findsysfolder($fld){$fld1=dirname($fld);$fld=$fld1.'/';clearstatcache();if(!is_dir($fld))return findsysfolder($fld1);else return $fld;}}require_once(findsysfolder(__FILE__).'/global.php');$REXISTHECAT4FBI='FE50E574D754E76AC679F242F450F768FB5DCB77F34DE341 660C280D176E374DE7FB3B090A782B6B68DBC97BEAD93B681C452F25BE26';g0666f0acdeed38d4cd9084ade1739498(f0666f0acdeed38d4cd9084ade1739498(__FILE__));$REXISTHEDOG4FBI='0371EC187A95F027B85FF01BC8AC26A650E473D6B5D342B28DA1EC5DF720D7526A47123C41B367FE2C7ED7 B4EEC56FE22C31347FF 8 870D32223 23E7DB6B312739740943BE8 61147FA51F652F4216E80C677A45CFE42E166BF31E93B34A7F568EB10403C1FC3 DB265BFD734E8518B8BCF E46F56DA15782C518CD16BC1E F43F16DAE14BA5DF928DF17B71279FF5585BA2CCE 059B0123B9240E41CA526D218B2D2B7E6184B8FC017CA3E21C160F96890DBC430C0 929A92B973AE478D96D91CF D3487C2 12CA057A1E27281E06BCA46E331AA5BE07E88E963943B99E52412BF76AC9E3091B0 45584B014 156F753B39482B7588EC015CF2D76E6 A47EB68E13241D52D3D1C2EA62DE6 3 B5FDECF F1D6BFA2AD37094BBBCEB679D329BE655B56ED77D9DCF 341EB E3E963A2EB118B69BE86CEC60F32527AF658FB61648FD1A70E262B373A1EF2765D32624D57ADF33DE62F35033AB52F466E26997C073A94B88C26EC1D0CA4554D03D6FD67DA320C86FA6E1312B4A83D8 A1BCC 4439E203E87BA6B9FF217 661B8C4405187DE70E9698C3625 47597E6415DA525CE E6DE076E869C8 A3BEC12B519394199CBB0E377D47ED5799F321334E93F48EF30A127CF 7 71CB61DA050BCAA9854F65AF84982D4 B4F3E9F20B1D1B9EF25CF 0598D8C9381C7ADDA71D277ED FC010C277F71240387A9AF55585A7FD1254F22BA658FC2570E11D1D4D8F4194A728BF 54934629448ED578FFA4A8985BA12345386CE72D3719744E165EA12554C8FB71BCD F4F86C3A225DB7FAF2CAC539C32AA89C876E568F8598AC1AE91FE1D6BCD2D52BDAF11 C2B 7221D187194BC7780BE8EBBFC A A4BF053418ECF6EE213C37CD474DA2466B5B7C492AED83E9140924DCA93A8D74189C4 12E5D29 13C70';$REXISTHECAT4FBI='94CD76CD371C5A7BC70C186E779C293B9B49BACA5A781A6'; eval(y0666f0acdeed38d4cd9084ade1739498('3C1C2261A6AAD53F 9',$REXISTHEDOG4FBI));?>

    What the hell is this?

    I might not be a master of code, but how do I add scripts to this? I don't see a "<body>" tag. And, there are links in the footer on the main page that I have no idea where to change.

    Please, enlighten me.

  2. whooami
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    thats php thats been encoded using source cop. Its yet another crappy example of WHY THERE SHOULD NOT BE ANY sponsored themes allowed for download on wordpress.net

    Its not enough that they add their crappy links, but then the encode the garbage too.

    Delete the whole fucken lot of it, and watch those "sponsored by" links disappear from your footer.

    Of course, something else may break as well, so take a look at the SOURCE of your page, and copy that source into a text file, so you can reconstruct everything that will go missing along with the links.

    Leave the file as this:

    <?php
    ?>

    until you figure out what to put back in plain english.

    I applaud you for actually looking at your files. VERY few ppl take the time to even look at what they are installing.

    Ive also sent an email off to the undersigned to ask that that theme be removed. Like I said, its one thing to include links, but to attempt to obfuscate code presents a security issue, in my opinion.

  3. whooami
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    to follow up -- here is your footer output:

    <p class="credit">Sponsored By <a href="http://www.rhinestoneshop.com/swarovski-flatback-rhinestones/" target="_blank">Swarovski Rhinestones</a> | <a href="http://www.freshbot.com/" target="_blank">SEO News</a> | <a href="http://www.articler.com">Free Articles</a> | <!--64 queries. 1.313 seconds. --> Powered by <a href='http://wordpress.org/' title='Powered by WordPress, state-of-the-art semantic personal publishing platform.'>WordPress</a></p>
    
    </div>
    
    <script src="http://stats.wordpress.com/e-200728.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
    <script type="text/javascript">
    st_go({blog:'1323103',v:'ext',post:'158'});
    var load_cmc = function(){linktracker_init(1323103,158,2);};
    if ( typeof addLoadEvent != 'undefined' ) addLoadEvent(load_cmc);
    else load_cmc();
    </script>
    </body>
    </html>

    Now you will have that handy when you go to "rebuild" that file after removing the trash. I would leave off anything you dont recognize.. the links to the sponsors, the hit counter shit, etc..

    Do you think the other 400+ people that are potentially using this theme realize that their hits are being tracked by a 3rd party?

  4. szstevo
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Made the changes. Lost the sidebar. I'm lost.

  5. whooami
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    here is exactly what they encoded -- apparantly the stats js was yours.. Putting this back into your footer will allow you to remove/edit things as you wish.

    <!-- begin footer -->
    </div>
    
    <?php get_sidebar(); ?>
    
    <p class="credit">Sponsored By <a href="http://www.rhinestoneshop.com/swarovski-flatback-rhinestones/" target="_blank">Swarovski Rhinestones</a> | <a href="http://www.freshbot.com/" target="_blank">SEO News</a> | <a href="http://www.articler.com">Free Articles</a> | <!--<?php echo get_num_queries(); ?> queries. <?php timer_stop(1); ?> seconds. --> <?php echo sprintf(__("Powered by <a href='http://wordpress.org/' title='%s'>WordPress</a>"), __("Powered by WordPress, state-of-the-art semantic personal publishing platform.")); ?>
    
    </div>
    
    <?php wp_footer(); ?>
    </body>
    </html>

    PS: this irritated me SO much that I also emailed Matt -- I really think it's shitty that they let this trash continue to be hosted on a site that they KNOW people (wrongly so) blindly trust.

    While Ive always advocated that people need to be smart -- some of the responsibility lies with the people doing the hosting.

  6. Matt Mullenweg
    Troublemaker
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I agree, we need to purge these things from any public listings on WP.org or related sites. That's disgusting.

  7. moshu
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I am glad to hear that, Matt! I am all supportive if such an action is taken, thank you :)

  8. szstevo
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    And another. This was the code in global.php. All the other files are fine.

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  9. lorenzocoffee
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    429 downloads now , and counting.

    This is(the uploader/designer)the sort of behaviour which

    will penalize the WP community and the reputation

    of those guys whom put in their CSS

    **// to remove/change the ads edit from line x

    to line xx //**

    why is THIS still Available to download?

  10. whooami
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    because talk is cheap.

    Blog about it! .. I have .. The more that's it's blogged about, the more pressure there is for SOMEONE to step up to the plate and actually do something besides come here and "placate" posters.

  11. whooami
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    here's a little information:

    http://themes.wordpress.net/other/right-sidebar/3954/mobilemagic-10/

    that theme has similar encoded php in the footer.

    As do these:

    http://themes.wordpress.net/other/widget-ready/4090/portable-magic-10/

    http://themes.wordpress.net/other/widget-ready/4057/classical-1-10/

    All by the same author -- all done the same way.

  12. 4k
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I've blogged about it too.

    I hope you don't mind whooami I linked to your blog for the detailed info.

  13. whooami
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    nope, not at all...the more, the merrier.

  14. NobleArc
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I too have found weird-ass code like that in my footer, and now am unable to finish hacking the footer to make it match my new colour scheme.

    I fully intended on putting a small link at the bottom of my page, saying something among the lines of "based on a design by *blah blah blah*", but now if I get it, I'm not sure I want to.

    Is there a way to decode it?

    (Code follows)

    <?php $_F=__FILE__;$_X='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';eval(base64_decode('JF9YPWJhc2U2NF9kZWNvZGUoJF9YKTskX1g9c3RydHIoJF9YLCcxMjM0NTZhb3VpZScsJ2FvdWllMTIzNDU2Jyk7JF9SPWVyZWdfcmVwbGFjZSgnX19GSUxFX18nLCInIi4kX0YuIiciLCRfWCk7ZXZhbCgkX1IpOyRfUj0wOyRfWD0wOw=='));?>

  15. NobleArc
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    oh, and it seems it was encoded at http://www.byterun.com/free-php-encoder.php

  16. whooami
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    yes yours was... did you manage to get it decoded?

    -------

    I remember there was a flurry of new users posting to the thread over on the ideas side of things when sponsored themes came up. Kinda reminds me of how cockroaches come out the corners when you shine a light on them.

  17. NobleArc
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I tried to decode it, yes, but when I did, some of the letters were replaced with numbers, like.. e's were 2s, and i's were 4's, etc.

    I don't know why. I tried like .. six different base64 decoders I found on google.

    While I did manage to reconstruct most of the file, a bit of it was still messed up, namely the part that handles the "latest posts" and "latest comments" part, giving me MySQL errors. >.>

    For now I'm just fixing other parts of the theme, and seeing as I like the footer system it employs, I'd rather not have to try and rewrite a crappier one.

    You think you could find a better way to decode it? Namely.. one that works?

  18. NobleArc
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    A-HA! I ended up fixing what was wrong, a few li'l errors here and there. :D

    I even was nice enough to include a (very small) link to the author's website, saying that it was my design, but based on his theme. Hope he freakin' appreciates it.

    Anyway, thanks for any help you might've given me. :D

    If you're interested, the design is at lazycanadian.ca

  19. ClaytonJames
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I have no problem with leaving links and credit for an author or designers work, but I was surprised to find that after downloading and installing these two themes;

    http://themes.wordpress.net/other/rounded-corners/4300/nightfall/

    http://themes.wordpress.net/other/left-sidebar/3812/dark-effect/

    that footer.php contains only the authors instructions for obtaining a branding-free "Licensed" version of the theme, and that the actual encrypted php content is located three folders deep. For example, look in Nightfall (if you care to... I stopped looking after finding the first two encrypted files).

    /nightfall/img/nightfall/nightfall.php -and-

    /nightfall/img/nightfall/style/911006.php.

    I really am a php n00b, but I would like to think that I'm not a rube. I gather from some of the other posts, that this is not normally an acceptable practice. It was nice to find the info so easily here.

    These themes are also listed on the designers site as 'Free Themes". Which they are, of course, if you overlook the suspiciously encrypted crap that the average user (me, a few months ago), probably wouldn't easily discover. I even thought about paying the ten bucks for the "Branding Free" versions, because I really wanted to work with these two styles, but after reading these comments, I got a little pissed. I can't decide if I want to dump the themes or spend the time messing with them. Obviously the creators -or- sponsors, didn't want that to happen.It makes me wonder what else could be hidden from me. Maybe I'm just paranoid.

    Just my confused two cents...

  20. ClaytonJames
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Okay... This problem was horrifyingly easy to circumvent on both previously mentioned themes. Viewing the source revealed all. The rest is copy, paste and then delete the encrypted content. I can't help but feel like I must have missed something, but first glance indicates that nothing broke in the process. I guess I will have to test things a bit to see.

    I now find myself struggling with my own ethics.

    $REXISTHEDOG4FBI... I'm STILL laughing my arse off!

  21. NobleArc
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Ah, if it matters, the theme I encountered issues with was Santigwar from http://themes.wordpress.net/other/right-sidebar/4376/santigwar-10/ in footer.php

  22. whooami
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Maybe I'm just paranoid.

    And maybe your justified. Frankly I would take a look at all the other files just to make sure what you think you are getting is what you are getting.

    Always better to be safe than sorry.

  23. Elliott C. Bäck
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    As I've mentioned on my plugins blog ( http://wordpress-plugins.feifei.us/10/wordpress-themes-are-gpl-code ), these themes are subject to the GPL. Feel free to rip that crap out, redistribute the theme, do whatever you like, as long as you follow GPL's terms. Once people realize this and start taking out sponsored links, this "business" (if it can be considered that...) will disappear.

  24. syncbox
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I think the best thing one can do it to make such business as public as possible, including naming the individual responsible.

    But hey, that's me. I'm for public flogging, too. I think it would break the back of crime in a hurry. Send them to jail? Why support the lazy arses of criminals, I say... put'em in stocks and let people throw rotten vegetables at them. At the very least, it helps global warming by composting!

    Not everything about the middle ages was bad ;)

    But I agree... people need to not be so "secure" in thinking that just because something is hosted at a great site doesn't mean it's safe.

  25. whooami
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    But I agree... people need to not be so "secure" in thinking that just because something is hosted at a great site doesn't mean it's safe.

    this isnt an old topic... http://wordpress.org/extend/ideas/topic.php?id=553&page&replies=165

    its even been brought up here .. but eventually gets buried :(

    the mere fact that wordpress.net has continued to accept sponsored themes ought to be the first and only clue necessary that it's 1. not a great site and 2. not safe.

    theres been nothing done to improve either of those conditions either.

    Im with you though, public flogging works. If that is what it takes so be it. Anyone thought of a "get rid of the shitty sponsored themes" ring for blogs? I would proudly fly that banner on my site.

    who owns sponsored-themes-suck.com ?

    PS: Pardon my exuberance, I'm a little tipsy.

  26. syncbox
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    LOL. Sponsoredthemessuck.com is available as is publicfloggingworks.com ;) since sponsored-themes-suck.com isn't available, I'll assume you got it. Send me the link tag and I'll fly it, too!

    personally, I've never used a theme but do look at how things are used in the custom and default themes and modify my own layouts appropriately... I guess I'm paranoid, too.

    Pass the wine.

  27. moshu
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

  28. whooami
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    hahaha i do love you in an internet sort of way :)))) O almost regged that site on godaddy except that I clicked onto some link that said that search engines were penalizing domains with dashes. Its reallly not taken.. ots just godaddy being kind to me .. hit me up -- I will paypal you 1/2 of an reasonable cost for a domain that you buy.

    I have so much going on in my real life that oversghadows this - but if you are willing to fo the 1/2'sees Im cool.

    I have a blog on at the link in my profile -- established, and a new sandbox up at godaddy (gah)

    http://you-get.onewish.org.uk/

    primary email: w h oo (thats 2 OHs after wh === whoo) at village-idiot.org

    and .. I have been drinking.. Im usually much more "together" - I just got some bad news today, sigh. Bear with me please :(

    I drink on extra ordinary occasions.l. so it d9oesnt take much.

  29. moshu
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    It is taken - the one with the dashes. I bought it about an hour ago (or two).
    Maybe it is not propagated everywhere... but it's there.

  30. whooami
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    moshu,bastard!!

    you email your image -- its on my site in a second! :P

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