[pmwiki-users] userAuth and unix passwd file
menachem.shapiro at gmail.com
Mon Jun 20 16:20:58 CDT 2005
I dumped the e-mail explaining this recipe on the wiki page. Someone
may want to restructure it in a question and answer format.
On 6/20/05, Patrick R. Michaud <pmichaud at pobox.com> wrote:
> Oops! I forgot the attachment! Oh well, it's available from
> and will probably make it into the distribution soon.
> On Mon, Jun 20, 2005 at 03:14:29PM -0500, Patrick R. Michaud wrote:
> > On Mon, Jun 13, 2005 at 10:35:52AM +0200, Masschelein Bart wrote:
> > > Hello,
> > >
> > > Apparently I don't have direct access to the password file,
> > > but what I could do is on a regular basis "ypcat passwd > passwd.local".
> > This works just fine. I'm attaching a new script I'm testing for
> > the distribution that uses passwd-formatted files for authentication.
> > Just place the attached script (authuser.php) into your cookbook directory,
> > then add the following lines to your config.php:
> > $AuthUser['htpasswd'] = '/path/to/your/passwd.local'
> > include_once('cookbook/authuser.php');
> > This will change PmWiki's password page to prompt for both a
> > username and password, and if a username is supplied it will attempt
> > to authenticate it against the passwd.local file.
> > Then, protecting pages on the wiki uses the same mechanisms as
> > default -- i.e., set per-page and per-group passwords using ?action=attr,
> > except you can add "passwords" that look like
> > id:bart # only "bart" can do this
> > id:bart,nancy # both "bart" and "nancy"
> > id:* # anyone with a valid username/password
> > foobar id:bart # only "bart" and anyone who knows the password "foobar"
> > So, if you wanted a site-wide edit restriction, you can do:
> > $DefaultPasswords['edit'] = 'id:bart,nancy';
> > Try that, and let me know if you have any questions or run into any
> > problems. The script is still undergoing testing, but I expect to be
> > including it in the distribution soon.
> > Pm
> > > From: Patrick R. Michaud [mailto:pmichaud at pobox.com]
> > > Sent: Thursday, June 09, 2005 19:53
> > > To: Masschelein Bart
> > > Cc: pmwiki-users at pmichaud.com
> > > Subject: Re: [pmwiki-users] userAuth and unix passwd file
> > >
> > >
> > > On Tue, Jun 07, 2005 at 06:16:45PM +0200, Masschelein Bart wrote:
> > > > Hello,
> > > >
> > > > I've installed the latest version of the PmWiki on the intranet of my
> > > > work, to be used among several users of several groups. I want to use the
> > > > userauth plug in, to to authentication. Is the only way to use this by
> > > > having the users enter their email addres and preferred username, and then
> > > > the admin has to send a pwd? Is there a way to link the unix passwd file
> > > > with the .passwd file required by PnWiki? Like this I don't have to give
> > > > everybody a new password. My guess is that it is not possible, as you have
> > > > to set the permission (read, edit, etc) as well. Any clues?
> > >
> > > PmWiki's built-in authentication system can do what you want, *provided*
> > > there's some way for PmWiki to be able to get read access to the
> > > encrypted unix passwords. Most modern unix systems store the passwords
> > > in /etc/shadow or somewhere that makes it difficult for a web script
> > > to be able to access them. But if they're available somewhere, it's
> > > fairly simple to get PmWiki to use the unix passwords (and I'll be
> > > happy to write the code to set that up).
> > >
> > > Pm
> > >
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