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[Discuss] Wiki Security Risk

Have you heard of TWiki? Foswiki is a fork of TWiki. As I understand it,
the forking was in response to a dispute among TWiki developers over
licensing issues.

On Fri, Jan 31, 2014 at 6:52 PM, Bill Horne <bill at> wrote:

> On 1/31/2014 5:20 PM, David Kramer wrote:
>> On 01/31/2014 01:56 PM, Jeffrey Young wrote:
>>> I want to implement a Media Wiki at work, but my boss is worried about
>>> security risks.  To me it seems simple, if it's not exposed to the world,
>>> what's the problem?  Am I missing something?
>>> Thanks,
>>> Jeff
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>> if "it's not exposed to the world" is known to be a true statement, then
>> what is he concerned about?
>> I will say that MediaWiki *is* very hard to lock down  if that statement
>> is not known to be true.  Most wikis fall into one of two camps:
>> "Information wants to be free and that's what wikis are for so why would
>> you want to lock it down?" and "Today's internet is a scary place and
>> even wikis need access control".  There's not much in the middle.
>> I LOVE Foswiki for many reasons, but very high on the list is that it
>> has full user/group authorizations at the system level, the wiki  level,
>> and at the page level.
> +1
> Mediawiki's documentation specifically warns against trying to implement
> access controls. The software is used at Wikipedia, and so is geared toward
> an "everybody can write" model, albeit with retroactive oversight.
> I'm not familiar with Foswiki, but your point is well taken: the idea of a
> wiki is that many hands make short work, and trying to limit access is a
> contradiction in terms.
> Bill
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