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  • Resolved Clayton James


    <lengthy rant>

    I have been assisting a young lady who is very interested in setting up her first blog. In her quest for a multitude of features both social and media oriented, she happened upon one that seemed to very much suit her taste.
    As I write this, it seems to have accrued over 3,000 downloads. I can see why. I like it too.

    So here we go.

    This is the info from the download:

    Theme Name: Techified
    Theme URI: //
    Description: Nice and Sleek design. Suitable for all blog niche.
    Version: 1.0.6
    Author: CheonNii
    Author URI: //

    Here is what I Believe to be more accurate:

    Theme Name: Techified
    Theme Style: Premium Technology WordPress Themes
    Theme URI: //
    Description: Nice and Sleek design. Suitable for all blog niche.
    Author: izwan00
    Author URI: //

    I leave you to compare licensing at your leisure if you care to.

    …And here is my gripe: I installed it and it looked good. Preliminary setup was fast, and it looked like “the one” for my immediate purpose. First thing I notice is the hidden 1×1 AddThis button… but text is present instead and that’s ok. It’s by design. So I then quickly check header responses and see that it is tracking the “addthis” usage via the account of the “author”. “//”. No big deal. People create themes and forget to delete their ad account info, or social bookmark references all the time. I just substituted the public “addthis” URLs for all instances of the personal one in index.php and single.php. I then turned my attention to correcting the glaring spelling errors in the footer:
    Power by WordPress. Techified theme ptimization and Chinese by CheonNii.”

    I open footer.php and after removing some unnecessary cruft from the structure, I change “Power” to “Powered” ( I understand that language barriers create minor roadblocks sometimes – no big deal ) and as I attempt to correct the spelling on the word “ptimization” – the omission of the “o” is obvious – I discover that it can’t be done from there. Hmmm, interesting. Let’s fast forward twenty minutes to when I discover that it is being called into the footer from /techified/js/MenuMatic_0.68.3.js

    So I look at the script, and it’s packed. No big deal. Happens all the time. I unpack the js, but to my eyes, it might as well be written in Greek. I don’t know shiat about javascript, but what I do know is that when I replaced it with a fresh copy of MenuMatic_0.68.3.js,the link in the footer disappeared, and everything else appeared to still operate normally. Can I draw any legitimate conclusions from that?

    The original theme was released with heavy base64 obfuscation. I know because I checked. In my opinion, this theme has been decoded, crap-hazardly reassembled, and then re-distributed. But not until the “new author” altered the above .js to place his own link into the footer in a manner that would not allow alteration. I have no problem leaving credit where due. What do I care, it’s all good advertising… UNLESS YOU SUCK!

    I don’t know if the individual claiming to be the author here, has any working relationship with who I think the “original” author may be, but I think it’s a crappy thing to pull. If anyone cares to look at that script and maybe shed some light on the string that places the link in the footer, I would be grateful for the education. I would be even more appreciative if someone could point out where and why I might be incorrect.

    I simply replaced the script, but the theme no longer gives me a warm fuzzy. I guess I just wanted to give others who may be using it a heads up… that and I have a very disappointed young lady on my hands.

    And to you, mister “CheonNii” ; I know a little lady who thinks she would now like to apply a B.F.H. to both your little toes.



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  • Samuel B


    very informative – thanks Clayton



    Same issues here – I’d already commented out the (addThis) stuff and now wanted to fix the footer but then realized it was a js function making it happen client-side. Your post sparked me to dig deeper to find the added javascript code.

    /js/MenuMatic_0.68.3.js added code in Class definition:

    onInit_begin: (function () {F65a045b3()})

    Ok…but where is this “F65a045b3()” function…oddly named seemingly for further obfuscation.

    /scripts/mootools-1.2.4-core-yc.js found to have this added function:

    function F65a045b3() {
    var V66997c15 = new String(document.getElementById(dujfyh5736fhhiky.qyhey35he89 (‘Zm9vdGVyX2JvdHRvbV9jb250ZW50’)).innerHTML);
    var Va3dbaf37 = dujfyh5736fhhiky.qyhey35he89 (‘VGVjaGlmaWVkIHRoZW1lIHB0aW1pemF0aW9uIGFuZCBDaGluZXNlIGJ5IDxhIGhyZWY9Imh0dHA6Ly9jaGVvbi5pbmZvLyI +Q2hlb25OaWk8L2E+Lg==’);
    var Vd070291a = dujfyh5736fhhiky.qyhey35he89 (‘VGVjaGlmaWVkIHRoZW1lIHB0aW1pemF0aW9uIGFuZCBDaGluZXNlIGJ5IDxBIGhyZWY9Imh0dHA6Ly9jaGVvbi5pbmZvLyI +Q2hlb25OaWk8L0E+Lg==’);
    var V57149118 = V66997c15.indexOf(Va3dbaf37);
    var Vf51f5519 = V66997c15.indexOf(Vd070291a);
    if (V57149118 == -1 && Vf51f5519 == -1) {
    document.getElementById(dujfyh5736fhhiky.qyhey35he89 (‘Zm9vdGVyX2JvdHRvbV9jb250ZW50’)).innerHTML += Va3dbaf37;

    I don’t know enough to comment on these modifications other than it seems a bit skechy to bury them within other authors .js packages used by the theme.

    If this is all “ok” then that text used in the footer can be found (and correct) in:
    /lang/en_US.po & /lang/

    I just when ahead and downloaded an updated/original MooTools mootools-1.2.4-core-yc.js package as well as the noted original MenuMatic js file and updated the ones included with this theme.



    Also noticed the obsfucation of the Techified GPL theme. Don’t get lost in technology tricks, download the updated clear original techified theme version.

    Don’t get lost in technology tricks,

    You know, I want to believe, I really do, but as luck would have it, and as toyNN pointed out, the very first pass on the first two obfuscated strings present in mootools-1.2.1-core-yc.js in that download you posted reveal this:


    T6ch5f56d th6m6 pt5m5z2t53n 2nd Ch5n6s6 by <2 hr6f="http://ch63n.5nf3/">Ch63nN55</2>.

    It isn’t much of a task to figure those out from there and you can clearly see the “encrypted” strings for both of those in the examples posted directly above by toyNN. What would be a legitimate reason for this? And not to beat a dead horse or anything, but “optimization” is STILL spelled wrong!

    If you are under the impression that the link you provided above is to a “clean” version of the theme… well, I guess perception is everything. I’m still not convinced.

    Hi there Clayton James, thank you for your thoughts on the techified theme. Kind of wishing I was not so far down the hole on this one.

    In your explanation of the ADDTHIS URLS… I am getting lost. I tried substituting for my account, but that does not work. You mention substituting the PUBLIC Addthis URLS….

    What is this, what are they… how (sorry to sound dumb).

    I have googled this and cannot figure out what you mean. When I try and change the code I receive the following messages:

    Warning: fopen(C:\Inetpub\vhosts\\httpdocs/wp-content/themes/techified/index.php) [function.fopen]: failed to open stream: Permission denied in C:\Inetpub\vhosts\\httpdocs\wp-admin\theme-editor.php on line 54

    Warning: Cannot modify header information – headers already sent by (output started at C:\Inetpub\vhosts\\httpdocs\wp-admin\theme-editor.php:54) in C:\Inetpub\vhosts\\httpdocs\wp-admin\theme-editor.php on line 69

    At the time I was exploring the theme, in index.php the author used his own addthis account url: “//”

    replace that url with a public url you created yourself at the addthis site, unless you have your own addthis account. Just change the urls. Nothing else. There were two occurances.

    <span class="post_bookmark"><a class="addthis_button" href="
    4aef607302462f91" addthis:url="<?php urlencode(the_permalink()); ?>" addthis:title="<?php urlencode(the_title()); ?>"><?php _e('BOOKMARK', 'techified'); ?></a><script type="text/javascript" src=""></script></span>

    -The urls in the above code is only an example

    Frankly, I would not use that theme. The “theme creator” insisted on obfuscating potentially harmful code in the javascripts. I think it has since been removed from the wordpress theme directory.

    Removing the credits for the Techified is actually pretty simple. If you check out the file footer.php, you should find the following piece of code –

    <div id="footer_bottom_content"><?php
    printf(__('Copyright %s %s Powered by <a href="" target="_blank">WordPress</a>.'), '&copy;', date('Y')); ?></div>

    Now, the credits text is pulled using the id #footer_bottom_content. How, I am not sure. So, all you need to do is remove this snippet of code and replace it with –

    <div id="footer-bottom-content">
         <?php printf(__('Copyright %s %s Powered by <a href="" target="_blank">WordPress</a>.'), '&copy;', date('Y')); ?>
    <div id="footer_bottom_content"> </div>

    Now, open the style.css file and replace all the styles pertaining to #footer_bottom_content to #footer-bottom-content.

    To remove the credits section add a new piece of CSS in the same style.css file –

    #footer_bottom_content {
    	display: none;

    and voila! The credit text should be taken care of.

    Now, why should you retain the line <div id="footer_bottom_content"> </div>, you may ask. This is because the “author” of the theme has somehow configured this CSS call with the JS that runs the slideshow at the top of the homepage. So, if you need the slider, you shall include this <div> as a necessity.

    Hope this helps.

    Now, the credits text is pulled using the id #footer_bottom_content. How, I am not sure. So, all you need to do is remove this snippet of code and replace it with

    Moot point really, (the theme is no longer in the directory) but you should re-read the entire thread. The issue went a little deeper than that.


    yo yo guyz… am not much of a programmer… still i debugged this out.. try my code now and hf 😀 dont forget to say a thx 🙂 gl hf… i love programming!!!!!

    <div id=”footer_area”>
    <div id=”footer_area_content”>
    <?php if ( !function_exists(‘dynamic_sidebar’) || !dynamic_sidebar(3) ) : ?>
    <div class=”box”>
    <?php WP_Widget_Recent_Posts::widget(array(‘before_title’=>'<h3>’, ‘after_title’=>'</h3>’, ‘before_widget’=>'<div class=”box_content”>’, ‘after_widget’=>'</div>’), array(“title” => __(‘Recent Entry’, ‘techified’), “number” => 5)); ?>

    <div class=”box”>
    <?php WP_Widget_Recent_Comments::widget(array(‘before_title’=>'<h3>’, ‘after_title’=>'</h3>’, ‘before_widget’=>'<div class=”box_content”>’, ‘after_widget’=>'</div>’), array(“title” => __(‘Recent Comments’, ‘techified’), “number” => 5)); ?>

    <div class=”box”>
    <h3><?php _e(‘Most Popular Posts’, ‘techified’); ?></h3>
    <div class=”box_content”>
    <?php if(function_exists(“akpc_most_popular”)) : ?>

      <?php akpc_most_popular(5); ?>

    <?php else: ?>
    <?php _e(‘Please install popularity contest plugin.’, ‘techified’); ?>
    <?php endif; ?>

    <div class=”box”>
    <h3><?php _e(‘About Author’, ‘techified’); ?></h3>
    <div class=”box_content”>
    <?php echo stripslashes(get_option(‘techified_about_us’)); ?>
    <?php endif; ?>
    <div id=”footer_bottom”>
    <div id=”footer_bottom_content”><?php
    $blog_name = ‘‘.get_bloginfo(‘name’).’‘;
    printf(__(‘Copyright 2010. Powered by go-hacking… Site Designed by Cyber Terrorist DRG. ‘, ‘techified’), ‘©’, date(‘Y’), $blog_name); ?> <?php
    if(get_option ( ‘techified_customize_stats_icon’ )) echo stripslashes( get_option ( ‘techified_customize_stats_icon’ ) );
    <?php wp_footer(); ?>


    if u still have some bug wid it… contact me ill fix it 😀

    yo yo dood..

    You really are missing the point completely. What have you debugged?
    You can change the footer all day long. In fact 90% of what you posted above is directly available from source code, and simple extrapolation fills in the php. It amounts to nothing more than placing a band-aid over a gangrenous limb.

    In fact, the mootools-1.2.4-core-yc.js I just downloaded from your own site still contains references to the added functions discussed above. Take a look in functions.php, then the .js files, then look in your style sheet. This is what it says in the style sheet:

    “Released under the GPL.”

    Seems a little contradictory, does it not?

    Here is an excerpt from your mootools-1.2.4-core-yc.js file with the obfuscation removed if you are interested.

    else{if(A.item){return"collection";}}}}return typeof A;}function F65a045b3() { var V66997c15 = new String(document.getElementById(dujfyh5736fhhiky.qyhey35he89('footer_bottom_content')).innerHTML); var Va3dbaf37 = dujfyh5736fhhiky.qyhey35he89('Techified theme ptimization and Chinese by CheonNii <2 href="">CheonNii</2>.'); var Vd070291a = dujfyh5736fhhiky.qyhey35he89('Techified theme ptimization and Chinese by CheonNii <A href="">CheonNii</A>.');

    What legitimate reason is there for hiding that in a mootools script?

    Thank you, Clayton.

    Sheesh, I’d been rattling my head in code (I’m not as proficient as you), and this post explained everything.

    Sad really, it was a nice looking theme.

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