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Duplicate Profanity Filter Can Easily Be Bypassed

Discussion in 'Resolved Bug Reports' started by edent, Feb 23, 2014.

  1. edent

    edent New Member

    The word "****" is correctly filtered and redacted.

    However, if someone uses the RTL Unicode control character - ‮ - they can bypass the filter by writing the swear word backwards, eg ‮kcuf.



    Last edited by a moderator: Feb 23, 2014
  2. Liam W

    Liam W Well-Known Member

    There are loads of cases where things like this can be used, including the zero-width unicode character.

    In reality, there's not much that can be done to block everything. It's really down to diligence and setting the rules straight...

  3. Martok

    Martok Well-Known Member

    Profanity filters will never catch everything, users who want to get around it will always find a way, whether that be through unicode characters, images of swear words or other means.

    Profanity filters need to be used in conjunction with clear rules on behaviour and guidance on acceptable content in posts, combined with effective Moderators and sanctions for those who break the rules.
  4. Jeremy

    Jeremy Well-Known Member

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