What are the most commonly used means to Authenticate web users f

David Bannon D.Bannon at latrobe.edu.au
Thu Apr 22 02:50:23 GMT 1999

At 11:39 AM 22/04/1999 +1000, James Sinnamon wrote:
>For those who may not have read my previous e-mail,  I am trying to set up
>authentication on a Linux server
>running apache in an NT network.

I don't think this has anything to do with samba or NT. If its apache that
you want to authenticate then that is pretty easy. The apache docs are
good, read them. Basicly you have a file in protected directories
(.htaccess) that specifies who can access the files there and it also
specifies where the passwd and group files are. The .htpasswd file contain
user names and encrypted passwds and .htgroup contains a list of users in
particular groups. 

I generate the .htpasswd files from a script that gets particular users
from /etc/passwd and creates the .htpasswd file. 

Is that what you are asking ???

Authenticating via samba sounds cute but how safe would it be ? 

Apache's .htpasswd file is expected to contain unix encrypted passwds, the
info stored in smbpasswd would be of no use. 


>I am in the process of trying to set up either the  mod_auth_smb or else one
>of the perl apache perl authentication 
>modules,  Apache::AuthenSmb and Apache::AuthenN2
>Would someone out there be able to tell me if any of these modules are the
>most widely used means of setting up 
>NT based authentication on Apache web servers, or is there something else
>out there, which I may have missed? 
>Thank you 
>James Sinnamon
David Bannon                      D.Bannon at latrobe.edu.au
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