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Acme::Apache::Werewolf

by rob_au (Abbot)
on Nov 17, 2003 at 10:45 UTC ( #307626=modulereview: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Item Description: Protect web directories from werewolves!

Review Synopsis:

Whilst I read through the list of newly uploaded modules onto CPAN on a daily basis, it is rare that I see new modules which:

  • Employ modules from the Astro:: namespace,
  • Employ Apache access handlers in an interesting manner,
  • Protect your web directories from werewolves, and,
  • Inspire me to write module reviews.

Yet in my daily sojourn through the CPAN Uploads today, I found a module which incorporated all of the above - Acme::Apache::Werewolf. This module implements an Apache access handler which can be used to deny access to web directories based upon the phase of the moon, or more specifically, during the full moon, thereby protecting your web directories from maraudering werewolves.

Using this module, protecting files from werewolves is relatively straight-forward:

<Directory /fullmoon> PerlAccessHandler Acme::Apache::Werewolf PerlSetVar MoonLength 4 </directory>

The only configurable parameter associated with this module is MoonLength which determines the length in days over which the moon is considered to be in full. In the above configuration, the full moon is 4 days, which would be from day 12 through day 16 of the lunar cycle. And in the words of the module author, it is wise to err on the side of caution and make this too large, rather than too small and risk the wrath of werewolves.

Now if only I could similarly protect my web directories from other supernatural beings ...

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Re: Acme::Apache::Werewolf
by DrHyde (Prior) on Nov 17, 2003 at 15:09 UTC
    print "X-Defeat-Vampires: garlic\n";
Re: Acme::Apache::Werewolf
by etcshadow (Priest) on Nov 18, 2003 at 02:15 UTC
    It's obvious what else is needed: protection from zombies.
    [me@host]$ ps -weaf httpd 32542 1 0 Nov16 ? 00:00:01 /usr/local/apache/bin/ht +tpd httpd 32679 32542 0 Nov16 ? 00:00:01 [perl <defunct>]

    ------------
    :Wq
    Not an editor command: Wq
Re: Acme::Apache::Werewolf
by valdez (Monsignor) on Nov 17, 2003 at 15:51 UTC

      Since I'm sitting in the mod_perl handlers talk at ApacheCon 2003 (being given by Rich Bowen, author of Acme::Apache::Werewolf), your request is granted:


      My parents just came back from a planet where the dominant life form had no
      bilateral symmetry, and all I got was this stupid F-Shirt.
Re: Acme::Apache::Werewolf
by ysth (Canon) on Nov 17, 2003 at 16:45 UTC
    I have to wonder if this module was inspired by Robin McKinley's new novel "Sunshine" which features were-{wolves,chickens,etc.}, demons, and net-using vampires.
Re: Acme::Apache::Werewolf
by HugoNo1 (Initiate) on Jun 22, 2018 at 09:39 UTC

    This would keep your Directory shut for the full time.
    No matter whether it's Day or Night or whether it's Man or Werewolf or whatever wants in.

    So suggested improvements would include:
    - Shut only at Night Time.
    - Check Visitors Time Zone. (It might be Night there ...)
    - Check User-Agent for Werewolf
      (As in: User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64; rv:52.0) Gecko/20100101 Werewolf/52.0)

    Obviously there can't be any warranty on this to work, because User-Agent could be masked. To appear a Sheep or a normal Browser.

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