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Module: External Authentication

Posted by Joe Curia 
Re: Module: External Authentication
May 20, 2009 10:23PM
I have made my own plugin for an install of codeigniter it uses cookies for sessions.
It appears to work.
I looked in through codeigniter and go to phorum and i appear to be logged in but when I click on one of the forums I am logged out. Any one know why this would happen?
Re: Module: External Authentication
May 21, 2009 05:52PM
Maurice,

Very good point, I agree with your point. It is definitely not a good idea to move anything into a production environment in that manner. I was just trying to get some variables passed in some manner with some of the blocks I had in the way. The proper way for proper security is always to pass credentials through a session, especially in any production environment. Otherwise your right you open yourself up to a wide array of easy hacking possibilities.

I am sure you have found though in a development environments that testing things out in specific ways can clarify possibilities that maybe are not evident otherwise. In which case it did.

I most definitely appreciate your insight and all the development and support you give this project without a doubt though.
Re: Module: External Authentication
May 21, 2009 06:16PM
nmpress,

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nmpress
I looked in through codeigniter and go to phorum and i appear to be logged in but when I click on one of the forums I am logged out."

Does the account information show up in your phorum database once you have logged into codeigniter and move to Phorum? If not, it is not being inserted into your Phorum database which you will need, to stay logged into Phorum.
Re: Module: External Authentication
June 05, 2009 09:52AM
Hi Joe,

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Joe Curia
If yours is not listed, please request it in this module's thread on the Phorum site.

I'm currently working on an internal knowledge platform and would like to use Phorum with MediaWiki's user table. Users will login to the internal site using HTTP-Auth (mod_auth_mysql), which authenticates against MediaWiki's user table. The same login data should be used by Phorum. I guess I may be able to write some code for that based on your module, but perhaps you already know a solution for this issue.

Kind regards,
Götz
Re: Module: External Authentication
June 05, 2009 03:35PM
Götz,

Sorry, there is no preset solution for your installation. However, you should be able to use portions of the Base plugin to build your own plugin. You may also want to look at the other plugins available for examples and ideas. As always, feel free to bring your questions here for answers. Good luck.


Joe Curia (aka Azumandias)
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Re: Module: External Authentication
June 18, 2009 03:00PM
Hi Joe,

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Joe Curia
However, you should be able to use portions of the Base plugin to build your own plugin.

I just wrote the "plugin" in a couple of minutes. I have to test it further, but it is really very basic, because I just put $_SERVER['PHP_AUTH_USER'] and $_SERVER['PHP_AUTH_PW'] (running PHP as module) in an array and pass this information on to Phorum. So I guess there's not much that can go wrong (though I thought the same for MediaWiki there's actually a lot that can go wrong ... ;).

But I wondered that I'm not automatically logged in into the administration area. Integrating administrator login would be really nice. Is there a way to do this using the plugin?

Kind regards,
Götz
Re: Module: External Authentication
August 05, 2009 02:20AM
I am developing a new site containing a lot of custom components, and I want to add a forum, but I need something that is modular enough to allow me to use my own login solution. It basically needs to be flexible enough to run as an application in the MVC framework I am using, in this case CodeIgniter, so that one login through my current login application allows the user to access all of the protected areas of my site including a store app, profile app, viewing group-restricted content, and posting to group-restricted forum topics. Membership in those groups, which is approved by a group administrator, would allow the member to post to group-only forum topics, so everything needs to be able to work together very well as far as authentication goes.

Apart from developing my own forum, is there any chance this module could be modified to allow a more general way to connect to any external source rather than to only a few specific sources? Ideally, I would like to be able to call a method to display the Phorum content from within a custom forum app in CodeIgniter and set some configuration variables in Phorum to disable its own registration and login links and point to my own session cookie and database fields to verify an active login and group membership. If there is no active session (user not logged in), only public content would be displayed on the forums. Once the user logs in, all content for groups he has joined would also be displayed based on my own authentication info provided in these new Phorum config vars.

I know this isn't a really simple update, and I have a feeling that I'm going to have to write my own module/class to extend Phorum to do all of this assuming that it is even possible. I just really don't have the time to make my own custom full-featured forum seeing that the site is already a couple months behind schedule. Any help or suggestions would be much appreciated.
Re: Module: External Authentication
August 05, 2009 02:27AM
nmpress, I did not see your post before, but it sounds like you are essentially trying to do the exact same thing I want to do. Would you mind sharing the code you have written so far? I would like to take a look at it and see if there is anything I can do to contribute. After all, sometimes a fresh pair of eyes is all it takes.
Re: Module: External Authentication
August 05, 2009 02:27AM
The embed_phorum module could be what you are looking for, but it is not available for Phorum 5.2. That module takes integration one step further to make Phorum a forum-engine that is used to generate forum page output. This output could then be included in the framework in which it had to run.

But even with that one, it is neccessary to write glue code to explain the applications how to communicate. There's no such thing as a general way to connect to any source, since there is no RFC or so on application interoperability that describes how this would work.


Maurice Makaay
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External Authentication Module Apache_ldap_plugin
August 07, 2009 07:14AM
HI,

I have installed external authentication module. I have also installed apache_ldap_plugin.
When I go the Edit settings for the External Authentication module page
It does not give me the option to select the apache_ldap_plugin in Which external application will be the authentication master. PLease help

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