Main Page

From DirList
Jump to: navigation, search

Welcome to DirList

DirList is a user directory system that runs as a common gateway interface (CGI) program to serve up user lists, search for various user attributes, view their web sites, define your own user attributes, and keep it all synchronized automatically with the underlying operating system's user database on periodic intervals when used with cron.


2007-08-05: DirList Server 2.9

Version 2.9 is now available and includes important fixes to address cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities. All users of DirList are advised to upgrade their servers to this latest version.

2004-05-28: DirList Server 2.8

Version 2.8 is out after a long security audit and now uses stronger safe-string functions when platform support exists at compile-time. No remote buffer overflows were found, though an issue with use of excessive CPU and memory resources through a high number of searches in a single query was uncovered and addressed. As an extra feature, index files created on one CPU endian type can now be read directly on a different CPU endian computer. 64-bit CPUs are now supported, too. Please see the change log for more details.

High-Level Deployment Architecture


  • DirList implements a client-server architecture with the server running on demand with each request via the common gateway interface (CGI)
  • Clients, such as DirList2ODBC, speak with the DirList Server through a web server using regular HTTP GET and POST messages
    • This software predates the popularity of SOAP and XML-RPC
    • Special DirList-specific MIME types are used for method invocations
  • Web browsers see a read-only searchable view of the directory

Open-Source License

  • The DirList Project is proud to be covered by the GNU General Public License, version 2

Big DirList Logo.png