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Re: [ProgSoc] Online Authetification(grr dunno if its correct)
> Hi ppl,
> One question, I want people to login via the web quite similar to the
> recent post of getting emails via the web. But this login is real time,
> meaning when the user fills out the online form and he gets emailed his
> login and password back to the users valid email account. After that he
> uses this u/p to login to say a restricted directory.
ok i think i understand. you want people to register before entering
the site, right?
> Is there any security holes such as backdoor to the pages direct
almost certainly. you should be very careful when writing cgi
programs, especially since (at progsoc) they execute with YOUR permissions.
be especially careful of characters like ! @nospam. ; | ` and field overflows.
> where members directory is restricted by a login and password.
> Is there any scripts on the web for doing this? If so, does this cgi write
> to .htaccess file and just update it when ever user completes the form?
probably. but this is also an ideal opportunity to learn perl, yes?
> Or the only thing I can think of is, when the user logs the form and the
> email script fires up a email to the user/admin saying that a entry has
> been done. After that the admin just edits the file manually and adds the
it depends on whether you want to restrict who can enter the "private"
area. if you just want people to register & be identified by the system,
then an automatic adding system would be fine - otherwise you have to
work out how you want to select "suitable" people. this would usually
involve a human of some kind.
one possible appraoch to this would be to store the new user's details
in a "pending" area, and alert the admin via email (or via an admin
web page, if the traffic is high). you could then write some more tools,
either command line or for use via CGI, to automatically move approved
users to the .htaccess file and send them a welcome email.
and of course, there are many many other ways to achieve similar results.
ps - dinesh, are you taking any software development subjects??
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