I'm building a site where registered users can upload files. Those files are then served via Apache. Only users who are logged in should be able to access those files.
I have read this page but it seems that people would have to log in twice to access both the site and the media, each time using a different type of login box.
Is there a way around this or is there some other way to limit access to static media served by Apache using the Django authentication database?
I'm using mod_python.
EDIT : How I ended up solving this after reading Van Gale's answer and this :
- Switched to WSGI.
- Installed mod_xsendfile
- Moved all public media files into a subfolder in /media/public
- Added access to the public folder using an Alias /media/public /var/www.../media/public
- Added WSGIScriptAlias /media/protected/ /var/www.../apache/django.wsgi (same handler as for the rest of the site)
- Added XSendFile On and XSendFileAllowAbove On
- To the Django app I added an urlconf for /media/protected which does basically what's here , only modified for my authentication system. It handles urls such as /media/protected/GROUP_ID/file so that only members of the GROUP can download the files.