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Securelogin Dokuwiki Plugin

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 the admin page.

In short, it takes your password:


And makes sure the login pages submit it instead like this:


Works with:

  • 2017-02-19 "Frusterick Manners"
  • 2016-06-26 "Elenor Of Tsort"
  • 2015-08-10 "Detritus"
  • 2014-09-29 "Hrun"

Download and Installation

  • Download and install the plugin using the Plugin Manager. You can search for "securelogin" to find the plugin in the Plugin Manager. Refer to Plugins on how to install plugins manually.
  • Go the admin pages and select securelogin. Then click on the 'generate-new-key' button.
  • You're done. From then on, all passwords are encrypted before being sent.

For support for these older versions use this:

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

How it works

Normally when you submit your 'MySecretPa$$word', you will see it in the data transfer:


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 (that changes on each 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:


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

    • made 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 Casper
  • 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
  • 20101101 Thanks to Christophe Martin

    • fix bug with some chars in passwords
  • 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
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