Category:Page specific user rights extensions

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The Page specific user rights extensions category contains various extensions that attempt to restrict a user's access to specific pages based on the namespace, category links, and/or title patterns. Before installing one of these extensions, users should be aware that such extensions are likely to exhibit three significant problems:

  • caching problems: MediaWiki's page caching facilities do not currently support rights-specific caching. That means MediaWiki caches one versions of a page and then serves that page to everyone without rechecking to see if the next user has the proper rights. Any extension that tries to exclude or hide part of a page based on user rights is likely to result in performance declines (if caching is turned off) and/or security leaks when a page cached for a user with higher rights is later viewed by a user with lesser rights.
  • multiple exit paths: Page content has many exit paths in MediaWiki: direct page views, excerpts inserted into search results, special pages, RSS feeds, and numerous extensions that read directly from the MediaWiki database. There is no one exit path that either the MediaWiki core or its extensions rely on. Hence it is virtually impossible for any extension to provide full security.
  • system security: Content management security is inseparable from overall system security. The default MediaWiki configuration places database passwords in plain text on a file located on the same server as the MediaWiki installation. There is no attempt to secure the host web server or underlying database. If the underlying system is insecure, any extension added on top of that system is also insecure.
Extension Status Works with caching Works with MediaWiki groups Page-based access control Namespace-based access control Add ACL by editing page Add ACL via special page MediaWiki version supported
Extension:Lockdown stable Yes Yes No Yes No No 1.31+
Extension:NSFileRepo stable Yes Yes No Yes No No 1.27
Extension:PageProtectionPlus unmaintained No Yes Yes (really section based) No Yes No 1.8,1.9.1
Extension:SimpleSecurity unmaintained No Yes Yes Yes Yes No 1.17-1.24
Extension:UserProtect beta Yes No (user based) Yes No No Yes (page action) 1.34+
Extension:Semantic ACL beta No Yes Yes No Yes No 1.31+
Extension Status Works with caching Works with MediaWiki groups Page-based access control Namespace-based access control Add ACL by editing page Add ACL via special page MediaWiki version supported
Extension Handles transclusion Handles preview Handles raw Handles search Handles export Handles rss/atom Handles recent changes
Extension:Lockdown $wgNonincludableNamespaces $wgNonincludableNamespaces Yes partial (title listed, but no content) Yes partial (title listed, but no content) partial (title listed, but no content)
Extension:NSFileRepo $wgNonincludableNamespaces $wgNonincludableNamespaces Yes partial (title listed, but no content) Yes partial (title listed, but no content) partial (title listed, but no content)
Extension:PageProtectionPlus ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Extension:SimpleSecurity Yes (must enable db-hook) ? ? No ? ? No
Extension:UserProtect (doesn't block read) No No No No No No No
Extension:Semantic ACL Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? No
Extension Handles transclusion Handles preview Handles raw Handles search Handles export Handles rss/atom Handles recent changes

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