Externalizing INN authorization

Russ Allbery rra at stanford.edu
Wed Jan 3 19:53:05 UTC 2001

Steve Prior <sprior at geekster.com> writes:

> I'm investigating creating a custom system which uses INN where
> authentication as well as authorization needs to be coordinated via an
> external program.  I've noticed that it is easy to use another program
> to do INN authentication (who the user is), but so far it doesn't look
> like externalizing authorization (which groups that user is allowed to
> see) is going to be nearly as easy.

Have you taken a look at the Perl authentication hooks?  They give you a
lot more flexibility with regards to setting what newsgroups the user can
read (although there are limitations in the NNTP protocol that still make
it hard or impossible to do some things).

Russ Allbery (rra at stanford.edu)             <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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