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SecureLogin Plugin

Compatible with DokuWiki

  • 2018-04-22 "Greebo" unknown
  • 2017-02-19 "Frusterick Manners" yes
  • 2016-06-26 "Elenor Of Tsort" yes
  • 2015-08-10 "Detritus" yes

plugin This plugin encrypts submitted passwords, giving you and your users an extra layer of security.

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This plugin uses Tom Wu's implementation of RSA algorithm in JavaScript on the client to encrypt the login password with the server's public key. The encrypted password is then sent to the server where it can be decrypted. Man-in-the-middle attacks are prevented by using a variable token (salt) added to the password before encrypting. Therefore, replay attacks don't work.

When securelogin is used, there is always a use securelogin checkbox near the password field. If the browser has no JavaScript or JavaScript is disabled, then obviously, the passwords are sent in clear text, as they are by default with DokuWiki. In this case though, the user should notice the absence of the checkbox.

Also, whenever a password has to be entered, it is automagically encrypted by this plugin, be it on the login, profile or admin page.

securelogin version 20091206 and + is compatible with the showlogin plugin.

Download and Installation

  1. Search and install the plugin using the Extension Manager. Refer to Plugins on how to install plugins manually. For manual installation, please refer to Plugins.
  2. Go the admin pages and select securelogin. Then click on the generate-new-key button.
  3. You're done. From then on, all passwords are encrypted before being sent.

How it works

Normally when you submit your 'MySecretPa$$word', you will see it in the data transfer (using wireshark, tcpdump, developer tools, etc):


You can easily see the 'MySecretPa$$word' in the above example.

But when you use this plugin, it will encrypt the password, which can only be decrypted on the server.


The javascript on the page takes the form's password variable `p=MySecretPa$$word`, encrypts it with the provided salt (changed on every page load), and sets the result as `securelogin`. It also replaces `p`'s value with stars so it can't submit the password in the clear.

When the server receives the data, it sees that `use_securelogin` is set to `1` (true), so it knows the password was encrypted. It will decrypt the `securelogin` variable and separate it from the salt value. From this it gets the `p=MySecretPa$$word` value, which it sets so the Dokuwiki authentication routines have it. Dokuwiki can then compare the passwords like it normally does.

This same process happens during the add user, modify user, and edit profile options. This is what will be seen if someone views a user changing their password (with this plugin active):


In this case, all three passwords are encrypted into `securelogin`, and the post values replaced with stars.


  • 20180217 Thanks to Christian Paul for reporting
    • Fixed issue where second password was not encrypted on add/modify users
  • 20150928 Thanks to Satoshi Sahara
    • compatible with DokuWiki 2015-08-10 “Detritus”
    • replace deprecated split() function call
    • prevent PHP error output
    • use PHP5 constructor method for classes
    • Improved coding style and added license header in source files
  • 20140923 Thanks to Hideaki Sawada
    • Japanese language files added
  • 20140417
    • Changed download link per Mikhail I. Izmestev's request
    • Updates to plugin info in admin page, like the website link and more unified info.
  • 20130519
    • added jQuery patches. Thanks to Heiko Barth
  • 20101121
    • add german translation. Thanks to Heiko Barth
    • fix finding pubkey info with openssl 0.9.8*
    • fix escaping encoded data (now supports non ascii passwords)
  • 20101105
    • fixed support php < 5.2
    • added
  • 20091213
    • add support of usermanager plugin
  • 20091206 Thanks to Christophe Martin
    • fix unclosed <div id="secure__login">
    • add showlogin compat
  • 20090901 Thanks to Jan Hána
    • add Czech translation
  • 20090802 Thanks to Christophe Martin
    • fix problem with URL-rewrite DokuWiki method
    • add French translation

For support for these older versions (if you really need outdated software) use

  • 2014-05-05 “Ponder Stibbons”
  • 2013-12-08 “Binky”
  • 2013-05-10a Weatherwax
  • 2012-10-13 Adora Belle


Tested and found to not be functional under Angua. No checkbox appears on the login screen and I am not sure if the key generation is working. How can I test this? — greenseekergreenseeker

2012/02/02 19:41

It works for me under Angua. I do get a checkbox. Did you manually generate a new key pair on the Admin page (&do=admin&page=securelogin)? If it works the public key should be shown there. — Rik BlokRik Blok

2012/02/02 20:17
I did generate the new key, or at least I tried. When I click Generate the page reloads but nothing visibly happens. I tried all available key length options and got the same result. — greenseekergreenseeker

2012/02/02 23:10
I'm not the plugin author so I'm just guessing but have you checked your file/folder permissions? Maybe the keys can't be written on the server. I don't know where they're supposed to be stored. — Rik BlokRik Blok

2012/02/03 20:29
The key is stored in data/cache/securelogin.*. — Casper 2012/02/03 22:34
Just checked the permissions again and they're all good. data/cache/securelogin.ini and data/cache/securelogin.key both existed with a Feb 2 date, so they were created. I delete and recreated them again but still no checkbox at login. — greenseekergreenseeker

2012/02/04 17:30
Maybe a caching (⇒ delete cache) or template (try default template) problem? — Casper 2012/02/04 19:54
Seems to be an issue with the Arctic template. Odd, I've been using it forever and never had a problem. — greenseekergreenseeker

2012/02/06 19:56
It works for me with the latest Arctic template on Angua. I did have to regenerate my key at some point (but I don't remember if it was related to a DokuWiki or template update). — Rik BlokRik Blok

2012/02/08 00:30
I'm not sure what the cause was, but it started working for me after changing to the default template and then back to arctic again. I did this yesterday and it didn't have any effect. — greenseekergreenseeker

2012/02/08 01:25
I can't generate key: I use Adora Belle. Permission rights of data/cache are ok, ma none of the files above (securelogin.*) have been generated. Is the plugin working with Adora Belle? — fabrizio 2012/10/16
I've just generated a new key under Adora Belle - works just fine. — CasperCasper

2012/10/16 15:34
For Weatherwax, I tried to edit .js files and got worked. See this, all of mentioned were needed. — anonymous 2013/05/12 15:59
Patches were committed, so these issues should be fixed. Let me know if you're still having problems. — Matt BagleyMatt Bagley

2014/04/17 11:39

Patched JavaScript for DokuWiki >= Weatherwax


2013/05/19 00:51

Added patches to plugin.

Matt BagleyMatt Bagley

2014/04/17 11:39

plugin/securelogin.txt · Last modified: 2018-05-28 21:45 by Klap-in