This sounds like a bug; the primary toolbox and workflow editor toolbox should reflect the same set of tools (exception being workflow-specific control steps, etc).  I've created a trello card to track this issue here:

That said, do note the warning on the dynamic toolbox filters page:

<!>  Filters will only hide Tools from the User Interface, they are still available and can be made visible by means of HTML manipulation. That said these feature is not a security feature, it is intended to separate multiple groups of Tools and simplify the ToolBox

On Tue, Dec 17, 2013 at 6:27 PM, Eric Rasche <> wrote:
I'm running the stable copy of galaxy and noticed that some custom, administrative tools (and otherwise tools which should be restricted in access due to licensing/etc.) were showing up in normal user's toolboxes inside the workflow editor.

I feel that this is a bug, as the tool filters should be applied globally and not just in terms of what tools users are restricted from seeing  in the normal toolbox.

For me, this presents a problem as I strongly believe any administrative tools that exist should leak as little information as possible--not their entire set of options and associated documentation. Additionally, that sort of information leakage isn't acceptable by my organisation's policies.

Do I have my instance misconfigured or is this an actual bug?
I have my galaxy configured according to

$ hg head
changeset:   11242:9d4cbf2a1c13
branch:      stable
tag:         tip
user:        Nate Coraor <>
date:        Fri Dec 06 16:28:31 2013 -0500
summary:     Add missing destination long arg to cli runner's Torque plugin and fix an incorrectly used PBS option in the sample job conf.

changeset:   11216:c458a0fe1ba8
parent:      11213:6d633418ecfa
parent:      11215:f79149dd3d35
user:        Nate Coraor <>
date:        Mon Nov 04 14:56:57 2013 -0500
summary:     Merge security fix for filtering tools from stable/next-stable.

$ hg summary
parent: 11242:9d4cbf2a1c13 tip
 Add missing destination long arg to cli runner's Torque plugin and fix an incorrectly used PBS option in the sample job conf.
branch: stable
commit: 4 modified, 34 unknown
update: (current)

Thank you,
Eric Rasche

Programmer II
Center for Phage Technology
Texas A&M University

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