[pmwiki-users] Rethinking passwords and authorization
mik.admin at nurfuerspam.de
Fri Oct 13 18:07:01 CDT 2006
I mention this just to make sure it isn't left. If spaces for usernames are
allowed it should be the same for groupnames e. g.: @"my group"
Regards - mik
Am Montag, 9. Oktober 2006 23:29 schrieb Patrick R. Michaud:
> I looking at how to provide a "list of all pages with
> passwords" capability, as well as a few other features, it
> occurs to me that *maybe* we should just revamp the entire
> password system we're using to become a little more regular.
> At the moment things get a bit complex because we have three
> ways of authorizing access:
> - based on a password ("secret_pw")
> - based on an authenticated id ("id:alice")
> - based on membership in a group ("@authors")
> So, someone can use ?action=attr to set an edit password like:
> quick id:alice @authors id:bob
> and this means that "alice", "bob", anyone in the "@authors" group,
> or anyone who knows the password "quick" is allowed to edit
> the page.
> The above looks clean, but we start to run into difficulty
> when people expect to be able to mix the syntax at will:
> id:alice,bob, at authors quick
> This gets very difficult for PmWiki to parse. It will get worse
> when we try to allow userids with spaces in them:
> id:"Alice Adams", at authors,"Bob Barker" "multi word password"
> or when we try to revoke access:
> @authors id:"Alice Adams",-carol,"Bob Barker"
> Does anyone have any suggestions for how we might clean up
> the syntax a bit? Or is this about the best we can do given
> the overall flexibility desired?
> Just for background: I think we need to be able specify
> authorization based on (1) knowledge of a password, (2) authenticated
> identity (userid), and/or (3) membership in a group. It would also be
> nice to have a way to revoke access based on userid or group
> membership (e.g., "everyone in this group except XYZ").
> Thanks in advance for any suggestions,
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