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FAQ: User is doing/reading something they should not be?

 
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 17, 2006 5:39 pm    Post subject: FAQ: User is doing/reading something they should not be? Reply with quote

Although the who's online may occasionally indicate that guests are viewing private messages or viewing private forums, please be assured that this is not the case.

The phpBB software records the who's online information before it checks passwords and permissions.

If guests or user is not allowed to view a particular section, they will only see the login page or a page telling them the don't have permissions.

Posting this for reference from the phpBB.com website:

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6. According to viewonline a user is doing/reading something they should not be able to!

No, they probably are not.

phpBB uses sessions to keep track of users as they move between pages. The session information tells us who this user is. Therefore in order to determine what a user can do on a page we first need the session details. Once this data is available we can check whether the user is permitted to do whatever it is they are trying to do. This can result in it appearing as if a user is reading a topic in a forum they should not be able to access. Or perhaps viewing private messages when they are only guests, etc. In practice the user is not doing these things, they are viewing a "You are not permitted to do this" type message. The session data has simply been updated before we were able to determine what the user could or could not do.

Of course this only applies where permissions have been set correctly!

http://www.phpbb.com/support/documents.php?mode=faq



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