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Security Turtorial

Thread began 2/05/2013 9:37 am by Mark | Last modified 2/15/2013 1:58 pm by Jason Byrnes | 610 views | 5 replies |

MarkBeta Tester

Security Turtorial


Is there an absolute step-by-step turtorial for absolute beginners using the security assist tool and creating pages?


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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

No, there is no absolute step by step tutorial, such a tutorial would be massive due to number of permutations that can be used in security assist.

What specifically are you having trouble with?

The Security Assist Wizard is really quite simple, but the pages that can be created are quite varied

on the initial screen, you select your database connection, if you wish to use one of the presets, you can select one, or you can use your own table structure.

you also specify the ID column, this is used to identify the logged in user.

on the manage pages tab you can edit the field settings for each column in your users table to set the different validation options.

you can also select which pages to be created.

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I agree with need for a SIMPLE tutorial

I absolutely agree with the need for a simple tutorial. I am attempting to create a very simple page--- just enter an ID# and a password that is matched in a database, and I can't even get a page generated by this system to display. It seems to have a mind of it's own, and I can't get beyond the USER NAME, USER ID parts. I don't have a "user name" field, just an id that I would like matched with a pw.
PArdon me for being a bit miffed, but I spent $200 for an upgrade from DataAssist and wanted a simple easy to create system. YOU might think it is simple, but a Latin scholar probably thinks Latin is simple.

The explanations were obviously written by someone so familiar with the system that they are of little use to beginners.


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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

From your description, you would use the ID column as the Username.

the concept behind security assist is to login using a Username and password, once logged in, the ID of the user is stored as a session.

From your explanation, you would set the ID column to be both the ID and the Username.

This is not a standard use of security assist though, it is not usually used with the ID as a login value. you will need to go to the mage pages tab, and edit the field settings, and change the ID column form a text only field to a text field.

you say the pages that are being created don't display in the browser, do you mean they are just blank pages?

a blank page means that a php error is occurring but error reporting is turned off.

to turn error reporting on, add the following code at line 1:



once we know what the error is, we will be able to troubleshoot the cause.

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More on getting started

I think the reason the pages didn't display was I did not upload the security assist folders. Would have been nice SOMEWHERE in the non-existent docs to specify which files to upload. Oh well, just proves my point!

Anyway, now I get them to display but, of course, they don't do anything.

Could you give me some suggestions of what I need to specify to take the id number and password,
check it against a database value
and if it matches go to a particular php page, hopefully posting the id number to the arrival page? That seems like the simplest system one could have!

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

I have created a support ticket so we can look into this issue further.

To view and edit your support ticket, please log into your support history:

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