[wp-hackers] current_user_can() and roles ?

Moya, Eddie emoya at tribune.com
Wed Jan 6 21:42:18 UTC 2010

Since there is a conversation going on about roles and capabilities, I would
like to pose another question. What options do we have for granulizing  of
the capabilities?

For example, I needed to create a new role that would be able to edit
widgets, but not themes. Both use the capability "switch themes". Its
possible to change the admin menu item capabilities through the global $menu
and $submenu arrays. However, this doesn't change the capabilities on the
pages themselves, which leaves significant security holes.

Due to time constraints on the project, the solution ended up being that we
begrudgingly edited the files themselves to change those hardcoded

Is there any clean solution to this? The only partial comes where there are
get variables  (such as 'import') we can retrieve to distinguish a page, or
a part of a page, from another, at which point we can trigger a check
against our custom capability. Is there any real solution to this, or are we
stuck editing the otherwise hardcoded caps?

On 1/6/10 3:23 PM, "Dion Hulse (dd32)" <wordpress at dd32.id.au> wrote:

> Also, Please do not use the level_* capabilities.
> They're been deprecated since 2.0 and really need to go away (3.0
> intrduces a warning that they're deprecated too).
> Rely on the string caps instead, for example, 'manage_options' is a pretty
> good choice most of the time, only admins have that, and that suits 90% of
> plugins.
> On Thu, 07 Jan 2010 07:14:27 +1100, Stephen Rider
> <wp-hackers at striderweb.com> wrote:
>> On Jan 6, 2010, at 1:33 PM, Frank Bueltge wrote:
>>> The admin give other users a rolle, not rights and in my plugin it os:
>>> the admin select the role and i will check only for this. Maybe i must
>>> add a new capabilitie to the role, the select the admin. And then i
>>> can check for the new object. A also then it is possiblt to add this
>>> object to a new role "superman".
>> Generally I have found that an existing capability is "close enough" to
>> the ability I want to add.  If your plugin is doing something truly
>> unique, though, you may think about actually adding a new capability.
>> If you do that, don't forget to assign that Capability to one or more
>> Roles so somebody can actually do the thing!  ;-)
>> (I'm actually going to have to do this soon with a plugin that I don't
>> even want *admins* to have direct access to.  I believe I'm going to end
>> up creating a new capability and new "super admin" role....)
>> Regards,
>> Stephen
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