[mod_python] PSP global variables

Graham Dumpleton grahamd at dscpl.com.au
Sun Nov 5 16:13:39 EST 2006

Jim Gallacher wrote ..
> You might want to mention that the security implications of using .psp_.
> Perhaps use the example of making a database connection with the user 
> name and password in the psp file. You wouldn't want to use this on a 
> publicly facing website. :)

What one can do for .psp_ files is use:

  <Files *.psp_>
  deny from all
  allow from localhost

In other words, restrict access to requests from localhost, or some other
appropriate site.

Unfortunately there isn't any way (that I know of), of specifying using just
Apache configuration directives, that 'PythonDebug On' apply only to a
specific client site. What one can do though is use a transhandler(), if in
main configuration, or some later handler if in directory context and have:

  def transhandler(req):
    if req.connection. remote_ip in ['...']:
      req.get_config()['PythonDebug'] = '1'
      req.get_config()['PythonDebug'] = '0'
    return apache.DECLINED

In some respects a later handler might be better as you can possibly
override anything set in the Apache configuration to force such a policy.
Users could still override you again, in their own handler, but makes
them do one extra non obvious step.

One could even get quite tricky and require the presence of a special
cookie in the request, with the only way of getting the cookie being to
have logged into some special page of your web site and have it enabled.


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