Out of the box, Drupal includes many useful features that are helpful for sites where one person wears the developer, site builder, and content administrator hats all at the same time. However, some of these features could be considered dangerous when a broader group of individuals are administering a Drupal site. The Paranoia
module aims to help keep your site secure by disabling places where PHP code might be executed or important data might be changed.
Installing Paranoia follows the usual steps for any other Drupal module; download to sites/all/modules, and enable it from the modules page. If the PHP module is enabled on your site, you will be warned that such content will now be "plain text" and should be audited.
Other changes that the Paranoia module makes include:
- Only letting user 1 (the site administrator) edit the user 1 account
- Disabling using PHP for block visibility
- Prevents disabling Paranoia without direct database access (or using Drush)
By default, Drupal 7 permissions tagged as being "restricted access" are prevented from accidentally being added to anonymous or authenticated users. As well, permissions exposed by other modules can be hidden entirely by implementing
Paranoia is a great example of a short and simple module that gets the job done. If you're running a site where you're sharing administrative duties, consider installing it to increase your site's security.