MyBB 1.8.8 & Merge System 1.8.8 Release

MyBB 1.8.8 is now available from the MyBB website, and is a security and maintenance release.

What’s added/changed in this version?

This release fixes 7 security vulnerabilities and 58 reported issues causing incorrect functionality of MyBB. Please be aware that not all issues have been fixed in this version in order to provide easy to manage updates.

  • Vulnerabilities:
    • Medium risk: Style import CSS overwrite on Windows servers – reported by patryk
    • Medium risk: SQL Injection in the users data handler – reported by afinepl
    • Medium risk: SSRF attack in fetch_remote_file() – reported by dawid_golunski
    • Medium risk: Possible short name access to ACP backups on Windows servers – reported by kevinoclam
    • Low risk: Stored XSS in the ACP – reported by patryk
    • Low risk: Loose comparison false positives – reported by Devilshakerz
    • Low risk: Possible XSS injection in ACP users module – reported by afinepl

Please view the 1.8.8 changes on the Docs site for more information about the changes in this version.

Please note, that you do need to run the upgrade script for this version.

Upgrading from 1.8.7 and Other Versions

Before performing any upgrade please remember to backup your forum’s files and database and store them safely. If you have edited core files, including language files, please make sure you make a changelog for these changes so you can make them again (if necessary) once the upgrade is complete.

To upgrade, follow the Upgrading process. The upgrade script is required. There are changes to 23 language files and 64 templates were changed or added.

If you’re using MyBB 1.8.7:

  • Download and use the Changed Files Package
    • MD5: 43028accb46eecf8016ef5fdc4fe522a
    • SHA1: 2c9985353e87c8710bdcdcf1856b0a6c63961317
    • SHA256: bb479145b44f169c301c21425f78742d8cacd9fd9ef4543c2a5e39ab540f769e
    • SHA512: 47ddbd601d008e9cb7309b328d36df95f901d1935593ded61e70cef22dc1312257266e056e5ea9d214babfd47a0aeb9560e9d11a5abb8d68a244f442467c41854a73f915ee3f4e6bd2f654334ca0f75
  • Follow the Docs Upgrading Instructions

If you’re using MyBB 1.8.6 or lower:

  • Download and use the full 1.8.8 Release Package
    • MD5: 2e09c9fd3b2416ac3fea9bada18d61e5
    • SHA1: 2b8469cb42c3a66ec7e3253aa0cced464585d3dd
    • SHA256: e63bd3ce5b8a7c4166102baa75f0aab1d12fc64379658a027d8bf49a437a469a
    • SHA512: 8dec5923737b11deae578ed02f259acda01ca5bcc9032bc01df1e2d77ce36c54f87e66e42850460c8ea07515d99d4b5da4a73f915ee3f4e6bd2f654334ca0f75
  • Follow the Docs Upgrading Instructions

This update includes security fixes that may need your attention:

  • Additional rules disallowing access to the database backups directory (admin/backups/) were added to htaccess.txt and htaccess-nginx.txt, addressing a security issue affecting Windows installations – remember to update your configuration files.
  • $config['disallowed_remote_hosts'] and $config['disallowed_remote_addresses'] variables, containing default loopback hosts and IPv4 addresses, were added to the inc/config.php file, addressing a SSRF vulnerability – remember to update your configuration files and, if applicable, add further hosts and/or addresses that MyBB shouldn’t attempt to access.

Reporting MyBB security vulnerabilities

If you think you’ve found a vulnerability in MyBB, we advise you not to publicly post it on these forums or publicly release information about it elsewhere until we’ve had time to prepare and release a patch.

As always, you can send through security related messages on the MyBB website from the Contact Us page or in our Private Inquiries forum – where you can start a new thread that only you and the MyBB Team can see.

MyBB Merge System 1.8.8

MyBB Merge System 1.8.8 is now available on the MyBB website and is a maintenance update to the MyBB Merge 1.8 series.

This release is to ensure that all users of MyBB Merge 1.8 have the latest fixes.

This release fixes several reported issues since the release of 1.8.7, which caused some incorrect functionality of the Merge System. These bugs have been fixed to provide a more stable version of the Merge System for public use.

What’s new in this version?

  • 5 bug fixes (View all)
  • Preliminary support for merges from vBulletin 5 installations. This module hasn’t had a lot of testing, so please report back with how vBulletin 5 merges go and always test your merge on a local machine first.

Important note

This will be the last release of the Merge System 1.8. We’re instead concentrating development efforts on MyBB 2.0 and a brand new Merge System to accompany it – please stay tuned for more news on the new merge system!

Thanks,

MyBB Team

Project Updates October 2016

Recently we have made a number of notable changes to the community and MyBB website. We’d like to share with you what we’ve done and how you can get involved.

RFC Process and transparency policy

For over a year now, the MyBB Team has been using an internal Request For Comments process as a decision making mechanism for issues with high impact on the Project’s present and future as well as a mean of assuring team-wide consensus on matters related to its organization and development. Recently we have decided to start publishing our RFC documents, putting us closer to the goal of maximum transparency. Accordingly, solid plans, workflows and protocols explaining what exactly happens behind the scenes will be posted on our websites as they emerge to enable external feedback and simplify the process of Team onboarding.

You can find all RFC documents that were cleared for disclosure in a dedicated section on MyBB.com.

Code of Conduct in force

As previously announced, we have joined an impressive group of open source projects you may already have heard of by adopting a Code of Conduct provided by the Contributor Covenant. This addition allows us to centralize rules and guidelines that apply in our development and community ecosystems in order to assure professional and inviting environment for everyone interested in getting involved. You can find the new document on our website.

Moving to Discord from IRC

The MyBB IRC channel over at freenode has not been bustling with activity for a while despite several attempts to bring it to life, so internally we discussed and tested alternatives to IRC. Looking for something that is easier for the whole community to engage with, we circled in Discord, which fulfills our needs for accessibility and moderation features. We invited the community to help us during the testing phase and are grateful for those that did – you can already find many members of the MyBB Team on Discord in addition to other valued members of our Community.

While the adoption of the platform appears to be successful, we’ve decided to continue maintaining our IRC presence at #mybb and registered a freenode group to gain more control over our channels. In order to keep the chit-chat uniform, we plan to connect it to Discord using a bot that forwards messages both ways from the IRC channel to its counterpart on Discord — this will assure that no question will go unnoticed.

We’ll see you there!

Join the conversation →

Up Next: Updates to Extend MyBB

While not ready to go live just yet, we are excited to share an update on something Justin, our lead designer, has been working on for the past few weeks: a major visual update to the Extend MyBB platform, commonly known as the MyBB Mods site.

The visual update touches all public-facing aspects of Extend MyBB, simplifying navigation and making its interface easier to use while maintaining existing features. There’s still some more work to do before it’s ready to launch, but we’re sure you’ll love it.

Shuttering of the 2.0 host compatibility repository

Not long ago, we started a new project to gather information about the PHP versions that various web hosts support. The aim of this project was to gather a list of web hosting companies who would be able to host the upcoming MyBB 2.0 release.

Since starting that project, we have received several contributions. However, we’ve also since changed the PHP version requirements that we will require for 2.0. As such, we are closing the mybb/2.0-Hosts repository and instead asking that users please make use of the PHP Versions website to track the PHP versions on offer at different hosts. This website operates in a similar way to the old MyBB project, but is much more widely used and already contains information for lots of different hosts. For more information on contribution to the PHP Versions website, please see the contributing guide.

MyBB 1.8.7 & Merge System 1.8.7 Release

MyBB 1.8.7 – Security & Maintenance Release

MyBB 1.8.7 is now available from the MyBB website, and is a security and maintenance release.

What’s added/changed in this version?

This release fixes 13 security vulnerabilities and 83 reported issues causing incorrect functionality of MyBB. Please be aware that not all issues have been fixed in this version in order to provide easy to manage updates.

  • Vulnerabilities:
    • Medium risk: Possible SQL Injection in moderation tool – reported by jamslater
    • Low risk: Missing permission check in newreply.php – reported by StefanT
    • Low risk: Possible XSS Injection on login – reported by Devilshakerz
    • Low risk: Possible XSS Injection in member validation – reported by Tim Coen
    • Low risk: Possible XSS Injection in User CP – reported by Tim Coen
    • Low risk: Possible XSS Injection in Mod CP logs – reported by Starpaul20
    • Low risk: Possible XSS Injection when editing users in Mod CP – reported by Tim Coen
    • Low risk: Possible XSS Injection when pruning logs in ACP – reported by Devilshakerz
    • Low risk: Possibility of retrieving database details through templates – reported by Tim Coen
    • Low risk: Disclosure of ACP path when sending mails from ACP – reported by sarisisop
    • Low risk: Low adminsid & sid entropy – reported by Devilshakerz
    • Low risk: Clickjacking in ACP – reported by DingjieYang
    • Low risk: Missing directory listing protection in upload directories – reported by Tim Coen

Please view the 1.8.7 changes on the Docs site for more information about the changes in this version.

Please note, that you do need to run the upgrade script for this version.

Upgrading from 1.8.6 and Other Versions

Before performing any upgrade please remember to backup your forum’s files and database and store them safely. If you have edited core files, including language files, please make sure you make a changelog for these changes so you can make them again (if necessary) once the upgrade is complete.

To upgrade, follow the Upgrading process. The upgrade script is required. There are changes to 15 language files and 41 templates were changed or added.

If you’re using MyBB 1.8.6:

If you’re using MyBB 1.8.5 or lower:

Reporting MyBB security vulnerabilities

If you think you’ve found a vulnerability in MyBB, we advise you not to publicly post it on these forums or publicly release information about it elsewhere until we’ve had time to prepare and release a patch.

As always, you can send through security related messages on the MyBB website from the Contact Us page or in our Private Inquiries forum – where you can start a new thread that only you and the MyBB Team can see.

MyBB Merge System 1.8.7

MyBB Merge System 1.8.7 is now available on the MyBB website and is a maintenance update to the MyBB Merge 1.8 series.

This release is to ensure that all users of MyBB Merge 1.8 have the latest fixes.

This release fixes several reported issues since the release of 1.8.6, which caused some incorrect functionality of the Merge System. These bugs have been fixed to provide a more stable version of the Merge System for public use.

What’s new in this version?

Thanks,

MyBB Team

Note about updated packages

The original packages have been replaced by updated packages to fix minor compatibility issues with PHP 5.2 and PostgreSQL and to fix issues with font MyCode and search functionality.

If you installed or updated your forums using either the full or changed files packages prior to 19:00 p.m. on March 25, 2016 GMT please download a fresh package from the links above and replace the following files:

  • inc/cachehandlers/apc.php
  • inc/cachehandlers/eaccelerator.php
  • inc/cachehandlers/interface.php
  • inc/cachehandlers/memcache.php
  • inc/cachehandlers/memcached.php
  • inc/cachehandlers/xcache.php
  • inc/class_parser.php
  • install/resources/upgrade35.php
  • search.php

You do not need to run the installer or make any further changes. You can use the file verification tool to determine whether you have the latest package, the file above will appear to be modified if you need to download an updated copy.

We apologise of any inconvenience.

MyBB Seeking Your Help – Open Staff Positions

Hi,

We currently have some open positions on the MyBB Team, especially in SQA. If you’re interested in becoming a part of the team, we’d like to hear from you.

Please note that all positions are on a volunteer basis, you’re under no obligation to stay with the MyBB Group if you have other commitments that need attending.

Requirements

Development

Continued contribution to the quality of either the 1.x or 2.x series, including:

  • Good MyBB and PHP (OOP)/MySQL/JS (jQuery) and/or HTML/CSS knowledge
  • Basic understanding of testing and git/GitHub
  • Laravel familiarity for 2.x development would be welcome
  • At least several qualitative contributions to our GitHub repositories/mods site and/or external GitHub repositories and/or external GitHub repositories (themes if you’re a designer, plugins/code changes if you’re a programmer)
  • Good communication skills in English

Support

Continued support on our forums:

  • Good MyBB/CSS/HTML knowledge, MySQL/PHP/JS (jQuery) knowledge would also be welcome
  • At least 50-100 high-quality support posts
  • Adequate patience when helping inexperienced forum admins
  • Good communication skills in English

Quality Assurance

Continued contribution to the quality of either the 1.x or 2.x series, including:

  • Good MyBB/MyBB plugins/PHP (OOP)/MySQL/JS (jQuery) knowledge
  • Ability to detect and confirm vulnerabilities
  • Basic understanding of testing and git/GitHub
  • Good communication skills in English

How to Apply

All applications should be submitted in the Private Inquiries section: http://community.mybb.com/forum-135.html

Please include the position you’re applying for, background information on yourself, information on your knowledge of MyBB, PHP, MySQL and JavaScript, if necessary, your experience/works and any other information you wish to include.

We will aim to reply to all applications but if you don’t receive a reply, no – we haven’t forgotten about you, it’s just that there are usually too many applications to individually reply to each one. Private messages containing applications/team position queries will be ignored.

Thank you,
MyBB Team

MyBB 2.0 Repositories Are Finally Public

Yep, you read that right. The MyBB 2.0 repositories are finally open to the public for browsing and contribution. The repositories we are opening are:

  • mybb/mybb2 – the core of MyBB 2.0, based on a Laravel skeleton template. This repository contains the core forum and is where the majority of work happens. The overall structure of this repository will be changing through the New Year to make deployment easier on shared hosts and other setups.
  • mybb/Auth – a modified authentication package for MyBB 2.0. This is based around the Laravel 5.0 Auth package, and is about to receive a major overhaul to make use of the Laravel 5.1 and 5.2 authentication changes.
  • mybb/Parser – the core post parser for MyBB 2.0. The majority of the parsing logic has simply been imported from MyBB 1.x in the current incarnation in order to get a working parser implementation. The future plans for this repository include adding further unit tests and refactoring the BBCode/MyCode parsing to use a proper parser/lexer rather than a large jumble of regular expressions.
  • mybb/Settings – the core settings system of MyBB 2.0. This package provides both site-wide and user settings and can easily be used for other projects and plugins. Settings are split into “packages”, with “mybb/core” being the core MyBB package. Further documentation and details will be explained about this package in an upcoming development post.

Browsing these repositories should make it fairly clear that while MyBB 2.0 has had a good start so far, it is still far from done. Original plans were to have an Alpha release available by the end of 2015, but these plans have unfortunately not come to fruition. It is our hope that making these repositories public will bring more contributions, suggestions and feedback from you the community.

For now we are simply opening these repositories, but over the New Year and Christmas holidays we will be documenting our code formatting, contribution guidelines and our roadmap and plans for MyBB 2.0 more fully in the MyBB 2.0 Planned Features forum. Rather than blogging about each of these, we will be writing topics that will be stuck to that forum to provide guidelines about our expectations.

We also plan to keep up our (recently lacking) development blog posts which will cover the usage of the components we are open sourcing as well as other components that will be created in the future. Future components and progress will be developed fully in the open, utilising our new BSD-3 licence.

As a closing note, MyBB 2 is in no way stable yet and should not be used on a live forum at all right now. Open sourcing these repositories is aimed primarily at developers and experienced administrators wanting to provide input and feedback on the future direction of MyBB. No support will be provided for any of the code in these repositories until we reach a Beta release.

We wish all of our users a happy holiday season,

The MyBB team

Support for MyBB 1.6.x has ended

Following the recent postponement, the official support for the MyBB 1.6 series has ended as of 1st October 2015.

The 1.6 Support forums have been archived and we will no longer provide assistance regarding the 1.6 series (that does not include the 1.8 upgrading process).

No further maintenance and security releases or updates will be provided for that branch.

We strongly recommend all users who still operate 1.6 boards to upgrade them as soon as possible. Detailed information on performing upgrades can be found in our upgrade instructions. The MyBB Team and the Community can provide further advice on our support forums.

2.0 Dev Post #6

It’s that time again, time for another MyBB 2.0 dev blog! This post is the sixth in a series of development update posts regarding MyBB 2.0. Currently in pre-alpha, MyBB 2.0 is the long awaited upcoming major version of the open source MyBB forum software. We’ll be posting regular updates (we promise!) in regards to the development to keep you all updated. The development team have been hard at work since our last dev post, adding new features and polishing existing functionality. This post will take a slightly different approach to previous posts by focusing on a single aspect of 2.0 in slightly more detail, namely the new responsive styling. Continue reading

MyBB 1.8.6, 1.6.18 & Merge System 1.8.6 Release

MyBB 1.8.6 – Security & Maintenance Release

MyBB 1.8.6 is now available from the MyBB website, and is a security and maintenance release.

What’s added/changed in this version?

This release fixes 5 security vulnerabilities and 51 reported issues causing incorrect functionality of MyBB. Please be aware that not all issues have been fixed in this version in order to provide easy to manage updates.

  • Vulnerabilities:
    • Medium Risk: Forum password bypass in xmlhttp.php – reported by Devilshakerz
    • Low Risk: SQL Injection in Grouppromotions module (ACP) – reported by Devilshakerz
    • Low Risk: Possible XSS Injection in the error handler – reported by FooBar123
    • Low Risk: Possible XSS issues in old upgrade files – reported by FooBar123
    • Low Risk: Possible Full Path Disclosure in publicly accessible error log files – reported by Devilshakerz

Please view the 1.8.6 changes on the Docs site for more information about the changes in this version.

Please note, that you do need to run the upgrade script for this version.

Upgrading from 1.8.5 and Other Versions

Before performing any upgrade please remember to backup your forum’s files and database and store them safely. If you have edited core files, including language files, please make sure you make a changelog for these changes so you can make them again (if necessary) once the upgrade is complete.

To upgrade, follow the Upgrading process. The upgrade script is required. There are changes to 7 language files and 19 templates were changed or added.

If you’re using MyBB 1.8.5:

If you’re using MyBB 1.8.4 or lower:

Reporting MyBB security vulnerabilities

If you think you’ve found a vulnerability in MyBB, we advise you not to publicly post it on these forums or publicly release information about it elsewhere until we’ve had time to prepare and release a patch.

As always, you can send through security related messages on the MyBB website from the Contact Us page or in our Private Inquiries forum – where you can start a new thread that only you and the MyBB Team can see.

MyBB 1.6.18 – Security Release

MyBB 1.6.18 is now available from the MyBB website. It fixes 1 medium risk and 3 low risk vulnerabilities.

Please note that we’ve extended support period for MyBB 1.6 to give you additional time for upgrading your forum until 1st of October 2015. After that time no support will be provided for MyBB 1.6.

What’s added/changed in this version?

The vulnerabilities are:

Please view the 1.6.18 changes on the Docs site for more information about the changes in this version.

Please note, that you do not need to run the upgrade script for this version.
There are no database schema changes in this version.

Upgrading from 1.6.17 and Other Versions

Before performing any upgrade please remember to backup your forum’s files and database and store them safely. If you have edited core files, including language files, please make sure you make a changelog for these changes so you can make them again (if necessary) once the upgrade is complete.

To upgrade, follow the Upgrading process. The upgrade script is not required. There are no changes to language files. No templates have been changed or added.

If you’re using MyBB 1.6.17:

If you’re using MyBB 1.6.16 or lower

  • Download and use the full 1.6.18 Release Package (MD5: ad17b498116831a1d1d75bf07351ea0c)
  • Follow the Docs Upgrading Instructions

MyBB Merge System 1.8.6

MyBB Merge System 1.8.6 is now available on the MyBB website and is a maintenance update to the MyBB Merge 1.8 series.

This release is to ensure that all users of MyBB Merge 1.8 have the latest fixes.

This release fixes several reported issues since the release of 1.8.5, which caused some incorrect functionality of the Merge System. These bugs have been fixed to provide a more stable version of the Merge System for public use.

What’s new in this version?

  • 11 bug fixes (View all)
    • New module: Avatars are now finally merged!
    • Counters are finally updated automatically – no need to run them manually after the merge
    • Multiple changes to make the merge system more intuitive

Thanks,

MyBB Team

2.0 Dev Post #5

It’s that time again, time for another MyBB 2.0 dev blog! This post is the fifth in a series of development update posts regarding MyBB 2.0. Currently in pre-alpha, MyBB 2.0 is the long awaited upcoming major version of the open source MyBB forum software. We’ll be posting regular updates (we promise!) in regards to the development to keep you all updated. The development team have been hard at work since our last dev post, adding new features and polishing existing functionality. This post will explore some of these new features and highlight our approach to the development of the system.

Note that all screenshots and details contained within these posts are subject to change and is taken from early developmental software; details are in no way indicative of the features or presentation of the final software. Continue reading