This extension lets you easily protect access to individual files or a whole folder (and all of its subfolders and files). An overlay is added to both protected folders and files to make it easier for you to know what you have secured and what you have not.
To protect a file, edit its metadata and switch to the “Access” tab:
Following options are available:
- If you turn off the visibility of the file, this has the same effect as making other TYPO3 records “hidden”. You cannot access it anymore.
- Start and Stop Time
- These fields are provided by this extension to let you enforce time-based restrictions.
- Similarly to other records, this lets you restrict access to either unauthenticated, or authenticated users or any list of Frontend user groups.
To protect a folder, you need to right click its icon, either in the tree or in the list and click the “Folder permissions” menu entry:
You will be presented with an Access form similar to the one for files where you can choose to restrict access to any user group:
Effectively, when you protect a folder and/or subfolders and/or individual files, whenever a user is trying to access a given file, all parent folders are checked to ensure the file is accessible with any possible restriction. Finally, restrictions on the file itself are taken into account and if access is denied, a 404 HTTP error is returned.
Why 404 instead of 403?¶
In case you try to access a restricted file and do not have the right to do so,
the logical HTTP status code to use should be either a
403 Forbidden (or
401 Unauthorized) but by doing so, you make it clear for a
malicious user that the resource exists but is not accessible.
We prefer, at least for the time being to issue a
404 Not Found instead.