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Protecting forum parts by htaccess
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by HolyKiller HolyKiller is offline 05 Jan 2010
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I just found a thread about protecting Admin Panel via htaccess. It is usable and +1 for the author, but... The thing is, it supports only one login which need to be shared, if you have more admins, or, you want to protect Moderator panel too and have more than one moderator. So after every staff change, you need to change your pass and tell everybody, there is a new password. Second thing, you need to edit existing vbulletin files, so, you probably need to edit them over and over again after every vBulletin update. AND the third thing, that password are plain-text stored, which is not good at all.

Once again, i dont want insult that thread author, but, i just want share my way, how to do it more "sophisticated" AND secure

1) Create a files named .htaccess and .htpasswd
(if you using Windows and get error message, create a htaccess.txt and htpasswd.txt files for now)

2) In htaccess add:

Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

- You need to set a correct path, so, you can get it easilly like this:
2a) Create a new file and add code:

Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

2b) Name that file like info.php and put it INTO your directory which you want to procect (admincp, cpmod, ... etc...)

2c) Open your browser and type path to your info.php file, so something like:

2d) You get a full information about your php. You need to find (use browser function) a row named SCRIPT_FILENAME and on the right side you can see absolute path to info.php file. Something like this: /var/www/

2e) Copy that path into htaccess file and rewrite info.php to .htpasswd. So you actually got this in .htaccess file:

Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

3) Now you need to set up some usernames nad hashed passwords. I recomanded THIS page. It rly helps you. Just insert your username and password (that name and pass, what you want to use for protecting your files) and click on "Create Password". So for example we use username Anton and passsword whiteglass and we get this:

Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

and thats exactly what we need, so we just copy&paste this into .htpasswd file. By the way, you can add more users into .htaccess file. Just generate more name/pass and add them, one on each row. So you can use your own name and pass, and your co-admin another username and password. Or if you protecting your modcp directory, you can create specific login for each moderator

4) Save both files and upload them on your server.

5) Now, try to access your admincp. You shoud get a small window popped up. If not, you did something wrong and you need to start over.

BTW: If you used htaccess.txt and htpasswd.txt names, you need to rename them after upload. The correct names are .htaccess and .htpasswd WITH that DOT on start!

Dont forget to delete that info.php file

Hope it helps

Yea, and sorry for my english, i'm from Czech republic


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Old 06 Jan 2010, 00:02
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If you already using the second way, make sure you revert your index files back to original vBulletin first
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Old 07 Jan 2010, 04:35
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Thanks, this way is a little nicer then the current way I am, plus I like how the passwords are not in plain text anymore.
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Old 07 Jan 2010, 14:18
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On a small side note never put .htpasswd in a place that is world readable it should go before the directory where you place your webcontent, most systems will allow this or have even a special place for it.

If your lazy like me there is a program called Deadlock that will use a database and normal htaccess and htpasswd files to grant access to it.
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Old 08 Jan 2010, 15:50
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nice one for users who have no access to make fire walls
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Old 14 Sep 2010, 07:29
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Thanks dir
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Old 08 Nov 2010, 13:18
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Nice simple article for new users like me. Anyway thanks.
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Old 17 Sep 2011, 17:59
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Thank you mate, I will try this
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Old 23 Sep 2011, 18:07
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I've always liked these as well:

.htaccess password protect a single File:

.htaccess password protect a Folder:

.htaccess authentication generator:

.htaccess password generator:
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Old 27 Oct 2012, 03:22
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It is really the best protection for all website owners
Thanks a lot
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Old 24 Mar 2013, 18:00
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thanks man
nice topic
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Old 01 Jun 2014, 02:47
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What you mentioned didn't work, unless the part where it says "/**/" is supposed to have ""
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Old 01 Jun 2014, 03:08
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This can be done from any cpanel without all this extra work
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