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How do I test like a spambot?


Wickham
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I had this code in a web form, taken originally from Eric ewwatson on the old forum

 

// Security code to prevent addition of new lines entered into the $name and $email fields by spambots
elseif ( eregi( "[\r\n]", $name ) || eregi( "[\r\n]", $email ) ) {
header( "Location: $errorurl" );
exit ;
}

 

which I understand is deprecated and will be removed from PHP 6.0 so I changed it to

 

// Security code to prevent addition of new lines entered into the $name and $email fields by spambots
elseif ( preg_match( "[\r\n]", $name ) || preg_match( "[\r\n]", $email ) ) {
header( "Location: $errorurl" );
exit ;
}

 

I assume that preg_match can be a straight substitution. The form does work and doesn't raise any PHP errors, but my main question is how do I test like a spambot? What do I enter into a form input box to get the error and rejection?

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Yesterday I tried Wickham

Wickham in the Name input box but the

was just ignored.

 

Today I tried Wickham \r\n Wickham in the Name input box and it went through without an error showing the same text all on one line. I didn't think it would work as the input box is text and \r\n is just text, there's no php to process there.

 

So I'm still not sure whether the code will stop a spambot or how to test like one.

 

php.net says:-

int preg_match ( string $pattern , string $subject [, array &$matches [, int $flags [, int $offset ]]] )

 

so is the format correct in my code? (Leaving out the square brackets

// Security code to prevent addition of new lines entered into the $name 
and $email fields by spambots

elseif ( preg_match( "\r\n", $name ) || preg_match( "\r\n", $email ) ) {
header( "Location: $errorurl" );
exit ;
}

raises a php formatting error).

 

I don't understand the terminology in php.net.

 

What if a spambot uses \n\r instead of \r\n or just \r or just \n on their own?

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