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From Ben Laurie <>
Subject Re: Apache Server (fwd)
Date Fri, 21 Mar 1997 10:00:18 GMT
Rob Hartill wrote:
> Date: Thu, 20 Mar 1997 12:04:29 -0500
> From: John Taylor <>
> To:
> Subject: Apache Server
> I know this must be a FAQ, but I have not found the answer anywhere...
> And I posted my question to comp.infosystems.www.servers.unix and never got
> a reply.
> If I decide to use Apache 1.1.3 (I'd upgrade to 1.2.x if the functionality I
> need is there), and Netscape Navigator 3.01 as my client, is it possible to
> use MD5 mod_digest for authentication for this client/server combo?  I keep
> getting an error about the client using the wrong authentication type. 
> Also, does anyone have a list of supported clients for this module? Possibly
> MS Explorer?
> Also, I am assuming that (most) MD5 clients would encrypt the password
> before they transmit it over the network.  I am trying to use an
> authentication method (w/ Apache) that does not send clear text or uuencoded
> passwords over the network.

Firstly, I don't think either MSIE or NN support digest authentication, and
secondly, Apache's digest authentication is not secure - it makes no attempt
to validate the cookie, and is therefore susceptible to a replay attack. It is
supplied purely for experimental purposes.



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