Fixed non-utf8 encoded special characters in vBulletin bbURL will cause baseconfig registry entry to return empty


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Affected version
The vBulletin smilies import uses the bbURL in vBulletin, however if the DB entry in vBulletin contains non-utf8 encoded special characters the json filter will fail to decode it correctly and return the baseconfig string as empty, despite passing the initial connection check.

Once you configure your other import options and try to import data you will be presented with an error as the Importer has no connection details to any database in the baseconfig string.

XF Bug Bot

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Thank you for reporting this issue, it has now been resolved. We are aiming to include any changes that have been made in a future XFI release (1.2.5).

Change log:
For the vBulletin smilie import, attempt to get the old VB board URL (and convert to valid UTF-8) within the step so a corrupted value cannot block the import from starting.
There may be a delay before changes are rolled out to the XenForo Community.