Last modified: 2010-05-15 15:33:28 UTC
If I set wgWhiteListRead to an empty array, I would expect anonymous users to be
denied access to all pages. However, it looks like it has no effect, and
anonymous users can actually browse all pages. The only way I found this to work
was to put at least one (fake) page on the array. IMHO an empty array should
equals to "deny access to all pages" for anonymous users.
You need to define at least an entry front page and the login page, otherwise you've got a
pretty useless site.
Well, function userCanRead in Title.php includes a specific check if the requested page is the login page, and if anon users can
register. If yes, it ignores $wgWhitelistRead and allows access to login page. :)
This problem, bug or not, should be gone in 1.5. The check against $wgWhitelistRead in User.php is removed in favor of the new
user/group permissions. Until then, you can either use a dummy page, or edit said line in User.php to use === false rather than empty().
But as brion says, you probably want an entry page so people can access the login page without having it bookmarked.