[Mediawiki-l] User / Group Access

Frederich, Eric P2173 eric.frederich at siemens.com
Fri Oct 13 18:13:49 UTC 2006

I understand that MediaWiki isn't designed to be used like this and I am
actually against locking things down.
I like different options you have to globally say...

Anybody can read or edit.
Anybody can read, you have to log in to edit (Our current set up)
You have to log in to read or edit.

It would be great if new pages created would have the global security by
default but you could also lock it down to any of the three mentioned
above as well as at the individual or group level.

I'm not sure that we care if there are ways to hack around the
permissions.  I don't see anybody doing that here.
What are some of the patches / extensions that allow for this kind of

-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:mediawiki-l-bounces at Wikimedia.org] On Behalf Of Gregory Szorc
Sent: Friday, October 13, 2006 1:53 PM
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Subject: Re: [Mediawiki-l] User / Group Access

MediaWiki isn't designed with granular per-namespace, per-category,
per-article, etc permissions in mind.  Content in MediaWiki is either
open, or all closed (in a general sense).  There are patches out there
restrict access to certain pages, however, there are numerous ways to
circumvent these, including many 3rd party extensions.  If you are
trying to
restrict content, I recommend another wiki engine that was designed with
permissions management in mind.

The simplest way to securely protect content in MediaWiki is to set up
multiple MediaWiki instances with a shared user and groups table.  You
configure each wiki to only allow certain groups to access content.

On 10/13/06, Frederich, Eric P2173 <eric.frederich at siemens.com> wrote:
> Well, the inevitable has happened.  Management wants to put stuff in
> Wiki which they only want a select group of people to have access to
> read or edit.
> What is the best way to go about this?  I have MediaWiki 1.7.1
> installed.
> I don't have the requirements right now but I'm guessing they'll want
> the following...
> Multiple groups of people.
> Certain pages where you have to be with a specific group to view a
> Certain pages where you have to be with a specific group to edit a
> This may be used for a things such as official processes where only
> process owner should be allowed to edit the article.
> Also, I see something happening where another department (we just gave
> permission for another department to use our Wiki) will want a bunch
> articles available only to engineers in that department.  For example,
> say 30 engineers and a couple hundred articles with proprietary
> information on design philosophies.  For this is it possible to use a
> separate namespace?  Can you restrict a namespace to only being read
> a group of people?
> Are these kind of restrictions search safe in that if a page is
> restricted to a certain group and someone outside that group searches
> the Wiki he/she won't get any results from restricted pages where it
> would give a couple sentence preview?
> Thanks in advance,
> ~Eric
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