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From s...@conman.org (Sean Conner)
Subject Re: [users@httpd] Providing pwd&usr with cgi URL
Date Wed, 22 Feb 2006 01:24:14 GMT
It was thus said that the Great Tim Johnson once stated:
> 
> Hello 
> 
> I need to programmatically connect to a cgi script at a domain
> that is password protected.
> Let's say the URL for the script is
> http://www.somedomain.com/cgi-bin/py/dothis.py
> and
> http://www.somedomain.com is restricted access requiring a username and
> password
> 
> 1)Can I supply the user and password as variables?
>   Example:
>     http://www.somedomain.com/cgi-bin/py/dothis.py?uservariable=user&pwdvariable=pwd
>   If so:
>   a)What is the name of the user variable?
>   b)What is the name of the password variable?
>   c)Are any other parameters required?
> 
> 2)What server-sider configuration if any is required?
> 
> Pointers to relevant documentation is invited.
> thank you

  If it's the web server that's requesting authentication (a browser will
typically throw up a diaglog box asking for a username and password and if
not given, or incorrect, you'll get an HTTP 403 error), then you'll need to
read RFC-2616 and RFC-2617 [1].  Otherwise (if it's a CGI script that's
doing the authentication) you'll need to figure out what the script wants
and for that, you may want to start with the CGI spec [2] and possibly
cookies [3].

  -spc (There might be tutorials you can use, but I'm not sure
	which ones are good )

[1]	Available at http://www.ietf.org/rfc/

[2]	http://www.w3.org/CGI/

[3]	http://wp.netscape.com/newsref/std/cookie_spec.html 


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