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Duplicate Mongolian vowel separator can be used to avert swear filter...

Discussion in 'Resolved Bug Reports' started by Liam W, Sep 8, 2013.

  1. Liam W

    Liam W Well-Known Member

    The unicode character with code 180E can be used to 'avert' the swear filter.

    Technically, as the word is different, I'm not sure if this can be classed as a bug. Now, don't ban me for this - but I do have to demonstrate somehow :p


    The second one has this particular character after the 'i'...

  2. Martok

    Martok Well-Known Member

    Isn't this just the same as using another character in its place? You can replace that character with a full stop, a comma, an underscore and they will all bypass the swear filter and of course the swear word will be quite clear to everyone. Of course, you can also use a '1' in place of the 'i'.

    You'll never catch every variant of a swear word. The best I think you can do is filter out the main ones and if there's an offender who continues to bypass this, stick them on moderation.
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  3. Jeremy

    Jeremy Well-Known Member

  4. Liam W

    Liam W Well-Known Member

    Not really, the main reason I flagged this up is because it looks like there isn't a swear filter when it's used - when people substitute letters, or add normal ones it's normally pretty obvious, this one isn't...

  5. Mike

    Mike XenForo Developer Staff Member

    This example is obvious to me:


    (That's a screenshot. ;))

    But what @Jeremy linked to is roughly correct. And there are thousands of "confusables" so it's not really feasible to prevent (at least while maintaining performance. See: http://unicode.org/cldr/utility/confusables.jsp We always say that active moderation is what's needed.
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  6. Liam W

    Liam W Well-Known Member

    What device were you on :/ I thought unicode worked almost everywhere :p

    Anyhow, I see what you mean. Oh well, if I ever want to annoy an admin...

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