We're running Plone for internal departmental use. I'm going to lock down most of the content, requiring a login to view sensitive documents. But I also want our Google Mini appliance to crawl all content. The problem is that the appliance does not accept cookies. So Plone and Zope don't recognize a user account as the crawler attempts to move through links.
I am thinking of granting the Google Mini appliance "transparent" access by reading the http headers of incoming requests and granting access if:
  - the header includes the correct client string
  - The IP address of the requesting machine is owned by the Google Mini host.


1) Is this approach viable? (What are the pitfalls?)

2) What python module is consulted to determine access rights when a page request is made?

2) Is this difficult to implement if one has rudimentary Python skills? (Or is there already sample code out there to do something like this? I couldn't find any.)
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