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TWiki User Authentication

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TWiki User Authentication

  TWiki site access control and user activity tracking
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Overview

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  TWiki does not authenticate users internally, it depends on the REMOTE_USER environment variable. This variable is set when you enable Basic Authentication (.htaccess) or SSL "secure server" authentication (https protocol).

TWiki uses visitor identification to keep track of who made changes to topics at what time and to manage a wide range of personal site settings. This gives a complete audit trail of changes and activity.

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Authentication Options

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Authentication Options

  No special installation steps need to be performed if the server is already authenticated. If not, you have three standard options for controlling user access:
  1. Forget about authentication to make your site completely public - anyone can browse and edit freely, in classic Wiki mode. All visitors are assigned the TWikiGuest default identity, so you can't track individual user activity.
  2. Use SSL (Secure Sockets Layer; HTTPS) to authenticate and secure the whole server.
  3. Use Basic Authentication (HTAccess) to control access by protecting key scripts: attach, edit=, installpasswd, password, preview, rename, save, upload, view, viewfile using .htaccess files. The TWiki Installation Guide has step-by-step instructions.
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Partial Authentication

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Partial Authentication

  Tracking by IP address is an experimental feature, enabled in lib/TWiki.cfg. It lets you combine open access to some functions, with authentication on others, with full user activity tracking:
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TWiki Username vs. Login Username

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TWiki Username vs. Login Username

  This section applies only if your TWiki is installed on a server that is both authenticated and on an intranet.
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Changing Passwords

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Changing Passwords

  Change and reset passwords using forms on regular pages. Use TWikiAccessControl to restrict use as required.
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-- PeterThoeny - 16 Mar 2001
 -- MikeMannix - 29 Aug 2001
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META TOPICMOVED by="MikeMannix" date="999320061" from="TWiki.TWikiAuthentication" to="TWiki.TWikiUserAuthentication"
 
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