Classic ASP CAPTCHA (Image Verification) using ASPJpeg

Classic ASP CAPTCHA (Image Verification) using ASPJpeg

I wrote this script many years ago when I needed a simple CAPTCHA generator for use with the classic ASP ASPJpeg component.  At the time it received a lot of interest and while obviously almost obsolete these days, I have posted it for anyone looking for something like this.  If you’re thinking of making the jump to PHP – which I have – I thoroughly recommend this book: Beginning PHP4 (Programmer to Programmer) – clear and programming oriented (none of the waffle you see in other beginner books).

Note: If you’re working with ASP components, you might find my Classic ASP Component Detection Script useful.

The Classic ASP Code

Simply save this code in an ASP file using whatever file name you prefer – I generally save it in a file called imageVerification.asp – we will call this as an image using (see the form example below). When a page loads and calls this script, it generates an image on the fly and stores the code that is displayed in that image in a session variable called verificationCode – this can then be evaluated on whatever script/page your form submits too.

'#############################################
'#SPARKLY IMAGE VERIFICATION VIA ASPJPEG V1.1#
'#############################################
'Written by Bob McKay, please leave copyright intact.
'Copyright Bob McKay 2009.  All Rights Reserved.
'Visit www.northumberlandwebdesign.com for Updates.


'*************** CODE BOX OPTIONS ***************
codeBoxWidth = 120
codeBoxHeight = 40
numberOfLetters = 4 '					Allow Minimum 20 Pixels Per Letter - See codeBoxWidth Property Above)
wantBorderRoundCodeBox = TRUE '		Put a Border Round the code box(MUST be TRUE or FALSE)
borderRoundCodeBoxColor = "&HBED2E9"
backGroundColor = "&HF0F5FB"
codeFontColor = "&H666666"
numbersAllowedInCode = FALSE'	Set to FALSE for a 'Letters Only' Code
'The fonts the script is allowed to select from - these MUST be installed on the Host computer
hostFontList = Array("Arial", "Courier New", "Helvetica", "Times New Roman", "Georgia", "Comic Sans MS")
minimumFontSize = 24
maximumFontSize = 32
randomUnderLined = FALSE'			Randomly underline letters for extra distortion

'*************** DISTORTION OPTIONS ***************
codeImageJPGQuality = 15' 		Lower this to allow JPG distortion of the codeBox
multiColorLinesOnTop = TRUE'	If set to FALSE, ON TOP line color defaults to code font color
numberOfLongLinesOnTop = 0'		Number of end to end lines drawn ON TOP of the code
numberOfRandomLinesOnTop = 0'	Number small lines drawn ON TOP of the code
multiColorLinesUnderneath = TRUE'	If set to FALSE, UNDERNEATH line color defaults to code font color
numberOfRandomLinesUnderneath = 2'	Number small lines drawn UNDERNEATH of the code



'*************** FUNCTIONS & SUBROUTINES ***************
SUB drawBorderRoundBox
	aspJpegImageObject.Canvas.Brush.Solid = FALSE ' Do NOT fill box with color when drawing 
	aspJpegImageObject.Canvas.Pen.Color = borderRoundCodeBoxColor
	aspJpegImageObject.Canvas.DrawBar 0, 0, codeBoxWidth, codeBoxHeight
END SUB

SUB drawLines(numberOflongLines, numberOfShortLines, randomLineColor)
	aspJpegImageObject.Canvas.Pen.Color = codeFontColor
	FOR drawLongLines = 1 TO numberOflongLines
		IF randomLineColor = TRUE THEN aspJpegImageObject.Canvas.Pen.Color = "&H" & HEX(INT(RND*255)) & HEX(INT(RND*255)) & HEX(INT(RND*255))
		aspJpegImageObject.Canvas.DrawLine 5, INT(RND * 35), (codeBoxWidth - 5), INT(RND * 35)
	NEXT
	FOR drawShortLines = 1 TO numberOfShortLines
		IF randomLineColor = TRUE THEN aspJpegImageObject.Canvas.Pen.Color = "&H" & HEX(INT(RND*255)) & HEX(INT(RND*255)) & HEX(INT(RND*255))
		aspJpegImageObject.Canvas.DrawLine INT(RND*codeBoxWidth)+1, INT(RND * 35), INT(RND*codeBoxWidth)+1, INT(RND * 35)
	NEXT
END SUB

SUB writeCodeToImage(randomCode)
	aspJpegImageObject.Canvas.Font.Color = codeFontColor
	aspJpegImageObject.Canvas.Font.Quality = 4' Antialiased
	aspJpegImageObject.Canvas.Font.BkMode = "Opaque" ' Required for Antialiasing
	aspJpegImageObject.Canvas.Font.BkColor = backGroundColor
	FOR currentCodeLetter = 1 TO LEN(randomCode) ' Loop Through Letters in Code
		IF flipACoinFiftyFifty THEN	aspJpegImageObject.Canvas.Font.Italic = TRUE
		IF flipACoinFiftyFifty THEN	aspJpegImageObject.Canvas.Font.Bold = TRUE
		IF flipACoinFiftyFifty AND randomUnderLined THEN	aspJpegImageObject.Canvas.Font.Underlined  = TRUE
		aspJpegImageObject.Canvas.Font.Family = hostFontList(INT(RND * (UBOUND(hostFontList)+1))) 'Randomly Select Font from Host Font List
		aspJpegImageObject.Canvas.Font.Size = INT(RND * ((maximumFontSize - minimumFontSize)+1)) + minimumFontSize'INT(RND * 12) + 18 'Randomly Choose Font Size 14 to 26
		aspJpegImageObject.canvas.print charXposition, 5, MID(randomCode, currentCodeLetter, 1)
		charXposition = charXposition + spacePerLetter' Move Cursor Along for Next Letter
	NEXT
END SUB

FUNCTION flipACoinFiftyFifty()
	flipACoinFiftyFifty = FALSE
	IF RND() > 0.49 THEN	flipACoinFiftyFifty = TRUE
END FUNCTION

FUNCTION generateRandomCode()
	FOR placebo = 1 TO numberOfLetters
		IF flipACoinFiftyFifty OR numbersAllowedInCode = FALSE THEN
	        generateRandomCode = generateRandomCode & CHR(INT((26 * RND()) + 65))
		ELSE
			generateRandomCode = generateRandomCode & CHR(INT((10 * RND()) + 48))
		END IF
	NEXT
	SESSION("verificationCode") = generateRandomCode
END FUNCTION

'*************** BUILD THE CODE BOX ***************
RANDOMIZE
spacePerLetter = INT(codeBoxWidth / numberOfLetters)'				Calculate How Much Space Each Character Has
charXposition = 5'													Start Cursor 5 Pixels from the Left
Set aspJpegImageObject = Server.CreateObject("Persits.jpeg")'		Initialise ASPJpeg Ovject
aspJpegImageObject.New codeBoxWidth, codeBoxHeight, backGroundColor'Create A New Blank JPG based on Options
IF wantBorderRoundCodeBox THEN drawBorderRoundBox '					If a border is wanted, draw one.
CALL drawLines(0, numberOfRandomLinesUnderneath, multiColorLinesUnderneath)' Draw Some Distorting Lines OVER Verification Code
CALL writeCodeToImage(generateRandomCode())'						Call Function to Write Code, passing it randomCode
CALL drawLines(numberOfLongLinesOnTop, numberOfRandomLinesOnTop, multiColorLinesOnTop)' 
aspJpegImageObject.Quality = codeImageJPGQuality'					Set JPG Image Quality
aspJpegImageObject.SendBinary' 										Send the Output of this Script as a JPEG
Set aspJpegImageObject = NOTHING'									Close ASPJpeg Object

Example Form

This is a simple login form to illustrate how this could be used.

Verification Code

Evaluate the CAPTCHA

The captcha is evaluated on the script or page the form submits to – the form above submits to processLogin.asp page which would contain the following:

IF REQUEST("verificationCode") <> SESSION("verificationCode") AND SESSION("verificationCode") <> "" THEN
	'IF THE CAPTCHA IS GOOD YOU NEED TO THEN PROCESS THE LOGIN HERE
ELSE
	'IF THE CAPTCHA IS BAD, SEND THE USER BACK TO THE LOGIN PAGE
	failureReason = "Incorrect verification code. Please enter the code displayed in to the 'Verify Code' box."
	Response.Redirect("login.asp?error=" & failureReason)
ENDIF
Bob McKay

About Bob McKay

Bob McKay works at Perfect Image, is a father, programmer and a self confessed techie-geek type.

Disclosure Policy

Bob on Google+

One comment on “Classic ASP CAPTCHA (Image Verification) using ASPJpeg

  1. Agos says:

    Your example doesnt’ work

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *