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From Shannon Eric Peevey <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] Apache, Samba and authentication.
Date Wed, 17 Nov 2004 19:50:50 GMT
Drew Broadley (Work) wrote:
> Steven Hajducko wrote:
>> We're having a bit of a fix here at the moment.
>> We have Apache 2.0 running on AIX 5.2.  We're using samba to authenticate
>> against an NT domain.  Everything in the setup is working fine.  The 
>> problem
>> comes in that for every image on the page, apache tries to authenticate
>> again.  Which means that it goes back through samba to the NT domain, 
>> each
>> and every time.  This slows down the connection performance quite a bit.
> My suggestion to this is having another setup of Apache on another port 
> and make that something like and proxy that through 
> mod_rewrite that all /img/ or whatever you images path is gets proxied 
> through to the NON authed server. Then reference all your images through 
If you are using mod_perl, then Apache::AuthenCache will fix this 
problem, and I know that there are ported versions floating around. 
(Ones that work with MP2 as well).  If we can pull one of those that 
work with both MP1 and MP2 out of the woodwork, I can upload a version 
to CPAN for general consumption.

This repeat hitting of the auth server is an unfortunate side-effect of 
HTTP being stateless.  Therefore, each request to the server must be 
treated as if it were the first request and checked for authenticity. 
Many of the authen modules built in C do this caching already, but we 
haven't followed through on this for the mod_perl modules yet.

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