Flowdock
method

attr_protected

Importance_2
attr_protected(*attributes) public

Attributes named in this macro are protected from mass-assignment, such as new(attributes), update_attributes(attributes), or attributes=(attributes).

Mass-assignment to these attributes will simply be ignored, to assign to them you can use direct writer methods. This is meant to protect sensitive attributes from being overwritten by malicious users tampering with URLs or forms.

  class Customer < ActiveRecord::Base
    attr_protected :credit_rating
  end

  customer = Customer.new("name" => David, "credit_rating" => "Excellent")
  customer.credit_rating # => nil
  customer.attributes = { "description" => "Jolly fellow", "credit_rating" => "Superb" }
  customer.credit_rating # => nil

  customer.credit_rating = "Average"
  customer.credit_rating # => "Average"

To start from an all-closed default and enable attributes as needed, have a look at attr_accessible.

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