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Release status: stable
|Implementation||User identity, User rights, Hook|
|Description||Allows to automatically authenticate users coming from certain network addresses|
|Author(s)||Olaf Lenz (Olenztalk)|
|Latest version||2.1.2 (2020-03-17)|
|License||GNU General Public License 2.0 or later|
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|Check usage and version matrix.|
|Issues||Open tasks · Report a bug|
The NetworkAuth extension is intended to bind particular network addresses to specific users. When the wiki is accessed from a specific network address, they will be automatically logged in with the specified user name. When a wiki is configured not to allow anonymous read and/or write access, the extension can be used to grant read and write access for users from particular network addresses (e.g. from the intranet of a company).
- Download and place the file(s) in a directory called
- Add the following code at the bottom of your LocalSettings.php:
- Configure as described in this section.
- Done – Navigate to Special:Version on your wiki to verify that the extension is successfully installed.
To configure the extension, set the configuration parameter
$wgNetworkAuthUsers in LocalSettings.php, and optionally the configuration parameter
The configuration parameter
$wgNetworkAuthUsers is an array that can contain one or several arrays to configure what user is logged in when a wiki page is loaded from a specific network address. NetworkAuth only becomes active when a user is not logged in already. When NetworkAuth detects an attempt to load a page by an anonymous user, it will check whether the source IP address of the request is matched by any of the records in
$wgNetworkAuthUsers. If it is, it will log in the specified user.
require_once "$IP/extensions/NetworkAuth/NetworkAuth.php"; # Log-in unlogged users from these networks $wgNetworkAuthUsers = [ 'iprange' => [ '127.0.0.1', '10.1.10.0/24', '10.2.10.152/32' ], 'user' => 'NetworkAuthUser', ]; # Log-in unlogged users when IP matches this regular expression $wgNetworkAuthUsers = [ 'ippattern' => '/10\.1\.10\..*/', 'user' => 'NetworkAuthUser', ]; # Log-in unlogged users when IP’s reverse DNS lookup matches this domain $wgNetworkAuthUsers = [ 'hostpattern' => '/.*\.domain\.example\.com/i', 'user' => 'AdminComputer', ]; # To use the contents of the page MediaWiki:Networkauth-ips # (Where the page is formatted as a '*' followed by either an IP or range) $wgNetworkAuthUsers = [ 'ipmsg' => 'networkauth-ips', 'user' => 'Foo', ];
It might be a good idea not to use NetworkAuth to log in a normal user account, but a special user account instead that exists exclusively for this purpose (e.g. "NetworkAuthUser"). In that case, one can add this account to the configuration parameter
$wgNetWorkAuthSpecialUsers. Users in this list do not get the normal list of Personal Urls. Instead, the PersonalUrls show:
- that the user is logged via the NetworkAuth extension
- the IP address of the user
- a link to log out
- a link to log in
$wgNetworkAuthSpecialUsers = 'NetworkAuthUser';