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Ensure Authorization

manuelmeurer edited this page Apr 8, 2011 · 8 revisions

If you want to be certain authorization is not forgotten in some controller action, add check_authorization to your ApplicationController.

class ApplicationController < ActionController::Base

This will add an after_filter to ensure authorization takes place in every inherited controller action. If no authorization happens it will raise a CanCan::AuthorizationNotPerformed exception. You can skip this check by adding skip_authorization_check to that controller. Both of these methods take the same arguments as before_filter so you can exclude certain actions with :only and :except.

class UsersController < ApplicationController
  skip_authorization_check :only => [:new, :create]
  # ...

Conditionally Check Authorization

As of CanCan 1.6, the check_authorization method supports :if and :unless options. Either one takes a method name as a symbol. This method will be called to determine if the authorization check will be performed. This makes it very easy to skip this check on all Devise controllers since they provide a devise_controller? method.

class ApplicationController < ActionController::Base
  check_authorization :unless => :devise_controller?

Here's another example where authorization is only ensured for the admin subdomain.

class ApplicationController < ActionController::Base
  check_authorization :if => :admin_subdomain?
  def admin_subdomain?
    request.subdomain == "admin"

Note: The check_authorization only ensures that authorization is performed. If you have authorize_resource the authorization will still be performed no matter what is returned here.

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