[pmwiki-users] Using IP's in PmWiki

Patrick R. Michaud pmichaud at pobox.com
Thu Sep 21 14:57:11 CDT 2006

On Thu, Sep 21, 2006 at 03:06:27PM -0400, Stirling Westrup wrote:
> Michael Brenner wrote:
> > Hi there,
> > 
> > lately I had an idea for an ip-based authentication. This might be userful for 
> > Intranet's also having webwide access. There are two useful ways in using 
> > IP's (see below). My questions are, is this worth added to the cookbook and 
> > will it work that fine like I'm thinking?
> > 
> I can't answer the second question, as to how well it will work, but if
> it DOES work then it should be in a recipe. 

Using IP address for authorization can be very useful.  At a couple
of sites that I administer, we have it set up so that a password is
required only if connecting to the wiki from an "off-site" computer.

Thus, authors (primarily students) who are accessing the wiki from
classroom computers or on-campus laboratories don't have to have an
edit password to modify pages.  However, if they access the site from
home or an off-campus machine, they have to supply the "off-site"
password (which is widely known among the students and instructors).

This is very effective at keeping out spammers and others, while
being minimally intrusive for classroom and on-campus office environments.


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