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MDL-29093 - Authentication for authentication only, not for user crea…


There are cases when a moodle installation needs to only deal
user authentication and not user creation (this is especially
interesting when using external authentication sources such as LDAP,
CAS, etc.)

Add an option to prevent automatic user creation if the administrator
does't want users to be automatically created.

Signed-off-by: Iñaki Arenaza <>
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1 parent 6f1156a commit 2023ca1f0f7f8c111f4143c8491ca10592e21fc9 @iarenaza iarenaza committed with stronk7
1  admin/settings/plugins.php
@@ -74,6 +74,7 @@
$temp->add(new admin_setting_manageauths());
$temp->add(new admin_setting_heading('manageauthscommonheading', get_string('commonsettings', 'admin'), ''));
$temp->add(new admin_setting_special_registerauth());
+ $temp->add(new admin_setting_configcheckbox('authonly', get_string('authonly', 'admin'), get_string('authonly_help', 'admin'), 0));
$temp->add(new admin_setting_configcheckbox('loginpageautofocus', get_string('loginpageautofocus', 'admin'), get_string('loginpageautofocus_help', 'admin'), 0));
$temp->add(new admin_setting_configselect('guestloginbutton', get_string('guestloginbutton', 'auth'),
get_string('showguestlogin', 'auth'), '1', array('0'=>get_string('hide'), '1'=>get_string('show'))));
2  lang/en/admin.php
@@ -57,6 +57,8 @@
$string['appearance'] = 'Appearance';
$string['aspellpath'] = 'Path to aspell';
$string['authentication'] = 'Authentication';
+$string['authonly'] = 'Authentication for authentication only';
+$string['authonly_help'] = 'Enabling this option makes authentication plugins only authenticate already existing users. No new users will be created as part of the login process, even if entered username and password are valid. This also means you need to create new users using other mechanisms (manual creation, user uploading, LDAP sync, etc.)';
$string['authsettings'] = 'Manage authentication';
$string['autolang'] = 'Language autodetect';
$string['autologinguests'] = 'Auto-login guests';
8 lib/moodlelib.php
@@ -3583,8 +3583,12 @@ function authenticate_user_login($username, $password) {
$user = update_user_record($username);
} else {
- // if user not found, create him
- $user = create_user_record($username, $password, $auth);
+ // if user not found and user creation is not disabled, create it
+ if (empty($CFG->authonly)) {
+ $user = create_user_record($username, $password, $auth);
+ } else {
+ continue;
+ }

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