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Subject DO NOT REPLY [Bug 52943] Document REMOTE_USER on Authentication pages
Date Tue, 20 Mar 2012 07:35:55 GMT

--- Comment #3 from Daniel Gruno <> 2012-03-20 07:35:55 UTC ---
The standard way is through REMOTE_USER ( as per )

The non-standard way is "meh". If you are referring to modules such as mod_php,
mod_lua etc, then it's entirely up to that specific module how it will
implement such a feature.

Getting down to basics, the browser will, in case of a regular HTTP auth, send
an Authorization request header with the username and password encoded in the
string. Apache will then pass on the string (inside a table called headers_in)
to whichever module, handler, filter, you name it, that wishes to process the
requested URL. Some modules will decode the username (and possibly the
password), while others will just pass on the encoded string, it's entirely up
to them.

Having said that; As Nick pointed out, this question is more a question of how
CGI and HTTP protocols work than it is how Apache's HTTP Server works, and
should probably best be answered in such forums instead.

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