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Permissions problem

Posted By: Baldeagle

Permissions problem - 11/26/2018 2:44 AM

On our forum, we have a Moderator Forum that's only visible to Administrators, Global Moderators, and Moderators. Except there's a problem with that. Even as a Guest I can view posts in the Moderator Forum.

I can demonstrate this to you easily. Go to this thread: https://www.stovebolt.com/ubbthreads/ubbthreads.php/topics/1288422/new-addition.html#Post1288422

The Moderator in this thread is Achipmunk. Click on his Display Name, then select Show Forum Posts. From the dropdown list of his posts, select one in the Moderator Forum.

Click on it. You'll be viewing a thread in the Moderator Forum.

Now scroll to the top and click on Moderator Forum in the breadcrumbs.

You'll be taken to a login page and told you don't have permission to see this as a guest.

Click on Previous Page and you'll go right back to the forum you don't have permission to view.

This seems like a loophole in the code. A quick and dirty way to fix it would be to never display posts for a prohibited forum in the Posts list, but that ISTM doesn't really fix the problem.

The real problem is that you should not be allowed to view a post if you don't have permission to view it no matter how you arrived at it. If I send you the link to the post directly, you can view it as a Guest, without having to go through the above steps. So it appears that permissions are not being verified before viewing posts.
Posted By: Gizmo

Re: Permissions problem - 11/26/2018 3:35 AM

I am unable to replicate this here at UBBCentral, what do the permissions show for "Can read threads" AND "Can see forum" on the guest user group in that forum?
Posted By: isaac

Re: Permissions problem - 11/26/2018 6:21 AM

As Gizmo wrote,
it looks like in your Moderator forum, you are denying "Can see forum" permissions to guests, while giving them "Can read threads" permission.

Attached screenshot of the correct setting for your desired configuration.

It's probably also a good idea to review the rest of the your [admin/moderator forum title] Forum Permissions while on its page.

Attached picture 20181125_22-18-01.PNG
Posted By: Baldeagle

Re: Permissions problem - 11/26/2018 6:55 PM

Thanks. It looks like a standard template got applied to that forum at some point. I had to correct quite a few permissions in that forum. It's fixed now. Thanks for the pointers.
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