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Temporary Passwords by BOP5 (Allow admins to login as any user without user password)
Mod Version: 1.0.0, by BirdOPrey5 (IB Staff) BirdOPrey5 is offline
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vB Version: 4.x.x Rating: (18 votes - 5.00 average) Installs: 63
Released: 21 Feb 2014 Last Update: 21 Feb 2014 Downloads: 187
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The purpose of this mod is to allow a site Super Administrator to login as any other user on the forum for troubleshooting purposes.

I know there are other mods that allow Admins to login as other users but they aren't truly logged in as the other user. It's more like they are getting a copy of the user's permissions ans settings. This is good for many things but it is not 100% exact and therefore can cause its own problems when trying to troubleshoot issues.

This mod is different. On the user's setting page in the Admin CP is a new box "Temporary Password" where an admin can enter a temporary one-time use password. When they save the user settings the user's old password is copied (while remaining encrypted) to another location and the temporary password they created becomes the user's new password.

As soon as possible they should then log in as the user with the password they set.

As soon as the Admin (or anyone) has logged in successfully with the temporary password the user's old password is restored and the temporary password is deleted.

In the mean time the Admin will continue to be able to use the forum as the user so long as they don't log out. If they do inadvertently log out they can set another temp password and log back in.

Due to the nature of the mod you should aways use the temp password as soon as possible- if you wait and the user tries to login when the temporary password is set they won't be able to.

I suggest using a 2nd web browser when using this. For example in Chrome you are logged in as yourself (Admin Account) but you use Firefox to log into the user's account. This allows you to quickly switch between accounts to troubleshoot.

If you change your mind and don't need the temp password after all simply return to the user's settings page in Admin CP and delete the temporary password and save changes. The user's original password will be restored.

If you uninstall the mod any temporary passwords you had set will be automatically undone and the user's original passwords restored.

There are no settings for this mod. Install it and it is active.

Only Super-Administrators specified in the config.php file can set or see temporary passwords, other admins will not be able to set or see temp passwords, the box just won't be there.

Compatible with VB 3.8.x & VB 4.x.x.

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  #16  
Old 23 Feb 2014, 16:50
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Yeah I think the way Joe has done this will make it more accurate in detecting issues a user may be experiencing.
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Old 23 Feb 2014, 17:05
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Originally Posted by Barcham View Post
It is extremely useful for generating a one time only password for members who have lost their password and have requested a reset.
In cases like this, I just enter new password in password field already there, save it (which makes them valid for all), send user new password and tell them to change it asap.

Of course, I prefer that they reset their passwords regularly, but there are rare cases when I do it this way. Don't ask, not all of my users are tech savvy.
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Old 23 Feb 2014, 17:13
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Sorry, a bit stuck here...

Where in ACP are user settings?

Do I need to be logged on as Super Administrator to see it?

The purpose of this mod is to allow a site Super Administrator to login as any other user on the forum for troubleshooting purposes.
Am I being thick?

As soon as the Admin (or anyone) has logged in successfully with the temporary password the user's old password is restored and the temporary password is deleted.
In the mean time the Admin will continue to be able to use the forum as the user so long as they don't log out.
There is some confusion here, at least for myself?
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Old 23 Feb 2014, 17:27
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There is no settings per say, to set a password for a user? You do it from the members profile in the ACP.
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Old 23 Feb 2014, 17:35
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Logged in as admin not super admin... Can't see the

Admin CP is a new box "Temporary Password"
I am guessing it is enabled by default as I can't see any trace of it in ACP>Options.

EDIT: Ok, skip that... I have just noticed..

Only Super-Administrators specified in the config.php file can set or see temporary passwords, other admins will not be able to set or see temp passwords, the box just won't be there.
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Old 23 Feb 2014, 17:45
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Ahhh ok thought you would have seen that.
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  #22  
Old 23 Feb 2014, 17:49
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FYI the user settings page I mean is-

Admin CP -> Users (from side menu) -> Search for User - the page that comes up when you find a specific user.

Only super admins will see the temp password box. By default the only super-admin is userid #1 but this can be changed in the config.php file.
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Old 08 Mar 2014, 01:15
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Just a quick note, this mod is up for MOTM, if you like it, vote for it, or any of the other mods in the poll.

http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=309039
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Old 08 Mar 2014, 05:59
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Thanks Joe, nice work!
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Old 29 Mar 2014, 18:43
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Installed and works great.
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Old 01 Apr 2014, 01:43
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Joe's mod has saved my message board countless times and even saved my father's life!
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Old 16 Apr 2014, 13:03
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Another excellent mod by BOP. Installing.
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Old 21 Jun 2014, 20:23
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Very useful mod, thanks BOP!
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Old 18 Jan 2016, 01:27
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This plugin does not seem to be compatible with this - http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=288450
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  #30  
Old 18 Jan 2016, 08:26
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No, unfortunately it will only work with the default VB password hashing.

Edit- it's also not a simple fix as the current hashing is done on MySQL where BCrypt needs to be done in PHP.
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