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PAM, pluggable authentication modules

  • It would be very interesting to add PAM support to the authentication mechanism. (or otherwise enable outside-authentication)

    This way web-masters can manage their users more easily accross blogs, accross aplications (give eg. ftp-access) and make a way to make the whole directory unreadable by outsiders using .htaccess and the same user account.

    There is an interesting thread on: [wp-hackers] http://comox.textdrive.com/pipermail/hackers/2004-June/000126.html.

    It could be really easy actually.
    Authentication against PAM (once installed with php_pam) is as easy as: pam_auth($username, $password, &$pam_error);

    Thatcher P

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  • I think someone did some work on LDAP stuff, and obviously there’s been a number of people taking stabs at forum systems as well… for some reason, I do think this may have come up in a recent hackers thread too, about generalizing the system. Would certainly be good, as it’d be nice to be able to use a universal login system no matter what blog/cms vs forum vs wiki vs whatever you happen to want to combine — if everybody would adopt an open login system, it’d be a great help.

    The biggest hurdle is having data extensions for each system per user, so that the login is universal, but per-user data can be specific to the module you’re currently accessing.


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