Support » Plugin: Ad Blocking Detector » Malware trigger: sso.anbtr.com

  • Resolved mcm-ct

    (@mcm-ct)


    I installed your tool and did not want to review it before I got feedback from you on what appears to be an issue internally that triggers malware exceptions at google and other major security tools. I had to quaranteed the whole ad-blocking-detector plugin to get my site back to normal an not so show up with these errors:

    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/4309835/blog/screenshots/mcm%20error.png

    Every time i unquaranteened your plugin my site got flagged. I just instaled the pulgin this weekend and two hours later these errors started. The install was from the internal wordpress install. I am writing you because perhaps omeone corrupted the reference installer on the wordpress platform or because as a fellow devloper I would much prefer to knwo about the problem than have someone jump all over me.

    Thanks

    https://wordpress.org/plugins/ad-blocking-detector/

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  • Hello, same problem here. Once installed my website was working good for a week. Just I notice that time to time an anomal issue: when I clicked to some links it took me to affiliate sales link pages. First only in the website, and later it corrupted my whole computer. To solve I had to run and anti-spyware system. And install a new my website. During this process I notice that there was in the folder of plugins a new one called “funny behaviour” or something like that. I guess the malware was there. Maybe It came when installing the blocking list, not sure. As it was installed 5 minutes later than this one. I really realized of the problem when google started to show the red messages just yesterday night. Best regards.

    Thank you for bringing this to my attention. None of my sites have yet been flagged for this, but I’m sure it’s coming.

    The problem is people are targeting this plugin. They have created numerous problems and been pretty nasty in general. It happened before, on an old version (https://wordpress.org/support/topic/exadweseus-serving-malware?replies=4). It was one motivation for the massive update this plugin received recently.

    One of the ad blocker detection mechanisms is an iframe that fools ad blockers into thinking it’s an ad. The iframe is not supposed to point at anything real. It’s an unregistered domain that points to a random file on the alleged server with advertisement keywords in the path. However, on three separate occasions, someone has purchased the unregistered domain chosen and served up malware through it.

    The current version gets a randomized domain name periodically, so I thought that would be the end. However, it appears these… people… are willing to purchase the domain names, even if they are only good for a short time anyway. I will need to make more changes.

    I’ll work on an update A.S.A.P. In the meantime, you can stop this yourself by changing the “URL of the iframe” setting in the Ad Blocking Detector dashboard on the Advanced Settings tab. If you ignore the typo in the instructions I just found, you’ll find instructions under the setting. Just give it a random domain and path. Preferably, one that does not exist. For example:

    http://dfggsflwed21334s.me/adserver/adlogger_tracker.php
    http://bnbxx889879878988x.li/ad/tracker/

    Just something you think would make an ad blocker freak out, but that does not serve up malware.

    @raulfj

    The funny-behavior directory (or whatever the name is) is not malware. It is the result of the Block List Countermeasure feature of this plugin. If you visit the link above, you can find details of what it is.

    The short version is Ad Blocking Detector creates a support plugin (called the Block List Countermeasure Plugin) which contains copies of crucial components. This support plugin is put in a randomly named directory (funny-behavior in your case). It is required because WordPress forces Ad Blocking Detector to be installed in a certain folder (adblocking-detector if I recall correctly). This forced location makes it trivial for ad blockers to block Ad Blocking Detector (and they have). When ad blockers do this, this plugin stops functioning. The random named copy of the important files is used to circumvent this.

    This is another example of this plugin be specifically targeted, though the methodology is more benign and less objectionable than the malware method used by others.

    If you wish to verify that the strange directory is this Block List Countermeasure, Ad Blocking Detector specifies the directory name of the Block List Countermeasure plugin on the Advanced Settings tab of the Ad Blocking Detector dashboard. If you want to generate a different name, there is a button on that tab (under the name) that will do so.

    Screenshot of the Directory Name on One of My Sites: http://1drv.ms/1QAVv7Z

    @raulfj

    The funny-behavior directory (or whatever the name is) is not malware. It is the result of the Block List Countermeasure feature of this plugin. If you visit the link above, you can find details of what it is.

    The short version is Ad Blocking Detector creates a support plugin (called the Block List Countermeasure Plugin) which contains copies of crucial components. This support plugin is put in a randomly named directory (funny-behavior in your case). It is required because WordPress forces Ad Blocking Detector to be installed in a certain folder (adblocking-detector if I recall correctly). This forced location makes it trivial for ad blockers to block Ad Blocking Detector (and they have). When ad blockers do this, this plugin stops functioning. The random named copy of the important files is used to circumvent this.

    This is another example of this plugin be specifically targeted, though the methodology is more benign and less objectionable than the malware method used by others.

    If you wish to verify that the strange directory is this Block List Countermeasure, Ad Blocking Detector specifies the directory name of the Block List Countermeasure plugin on the Advanced Settings tab of the Ad Blocking Detector dashboard. If you want to generate a different name, there is a button on that tab (under the name) that will do so.

    Screenshot of the Directory Name on One of My Sites: http://1drv.ms/1QAVv7Z

    Not sure why that last post posted twice….

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    I have released a plugin update which will, I believe, eradicate these malware problems. The latest update is version 3.3.4.

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    If you’ve been getting browser or search engine warnings regarding malware, I recommend you tell Google to recheck your website after updating Ad Blocking Detector. They will do it naturally in a few days, possibly weeks. If you tell them it’s fixed, they will check within a few hours.

    There are instructions for how to tell Google to check on the plugin’s website. They are a bit rough. I wrote them very quickly to accompany the plugin update. I will polish them more as soon as possible. Nevertheless, they should point you in the right direction. Here is a link to the relevant part of the post: http://adblockingdetector.johnmorris.me/malware-woes/#fix-it

    If the problem is not resolved with the latest update, let me know.

    Hi John, I was having the same problem as the other posters until I found this thread through a google search and quarantined this plugin as well. I had to use Internet Explorer to log in to wordpress as Chrome would throw up that red warning everytime, I hope that it has not exposed my site/computer to malware as you say. Although I liked this plugin I will have to delete it if it is being targeted by scammers, really sucks the lengths some people will go to but I cant expose my sites visitors to that.

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