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mod_access_referer

mod_access_referer allows/denies access based on what page is shown in the Web browser, which means that if you publish a document (picture, chart, or other) in your site, the people will have to visit your Web site to access it, and no one will be able to link just the document.

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  •  15 Feb 2000 22:37

    Release Notes: First stable release; notes for Red Hat Linux.

    •  07 Feb 2000 04:38

      Release Notes: First release.

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      09 Jul 2000 14:03 inoshiro

      Bad way of controlling access.
      Restricting access via referrer is poor. Why? Because people will fake it to get at what they want. It's not hard. Plus any privacy programs (such as Junkbuster (http://www.waldherr.org/junkbuster/)) spoof the referrer. This leads to problems.

      Sites such as Xoom, Angelfire, and Tom's Hardware are all unusable to me (and others) because they enforce "referrer checks" ... If I try to load a story page in Tom's hardware, I just get the "default" front page (and annoying hammer logoes everywhere). The web is about linking, yet this breaks it completely! I can't even point to a specific page of a story, let alone read it. I don't browse Tom's Hardware anymore, and I won't browse other sites which break because of the spoofed referrer.

      My suggestion: enforce IP checks (has this IP been on another page in our site in the past few minutes? If Yes, ...). This is very easy to do with a little PHP or Perl code included in your pages, and could probably be written as a mod very easily. Your site would still work for privacy concious individuals, and deep linkers would have a bit more trouble accessing your content.

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