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From "Boyle Owen" <Owen.Bo...@swx.com>
Subject RE: [users@httpd] htaccess AuthType Basic: some files get served without a password challenge!
Date Wed, 01 Feb 2006 11:19:00 GMT
> -----Original Message-----
> From: news [mailto:news@sea.gmane.org] On Behalf Of Peter
> Sent: Mittwoch, 1. Februar 2006 11:57
> To: users@httpd.apache.org
> Subject: [users@httpd] htaccess AuthType Basic: some files 
> get served without a password challenge!
> 
> # for basic
> 
> deny from all
> AuthType Basic 
> AuthUserFile /home/content/sec/pwfile
> AuthGroupFile /dev/null
> AuthName "Restricted Area"
> 
> This is my htaccess file and when a user accesses this dir, a username
> password challenge comes up and works fine. HOWEVER certain 
> file types are
> served right away without a password challenge! Others are challenged.
> 
> I use a web hosting service, so I don't have access to their 
> conf files. I
> can only manage my htaccess files.
> 
> If a user knows a filename and tries to access it directly sometimes
> he/she can.
> 
> For example:
> 
> http://mysecure.dir/file.xls
> will be served immediately with no password challenge.

Are the files really in your secure dir? If there is some rewrite rule that allows the server
access to files bypassing the .htaccess file then this might happen.

Also, are you sure it's not a caching issue? IE+Excel is notorious for ferociously caching
every XLS file it sees so that even a shift-reload does not really reload the file. Thus if
you access the file once (while testing) and then switch on password-checking, the file will
still appear to load because it will use the cached version. The only sure fix is to kill
and restart the browser.

BTW, it doesn't help that you obscure the URL. It's not clear if "mysecure.dir" represents
a domain or a domain+path, I assume the latter (eg, http://www.wibble.com/secure-dir/file.xls).
If you would even post the *real* URL, we could try some requests and see what comes back.

Rgds,
Owen Boyle
Disclaimer: Any disclaimer attached to this message may be ignored. 

> Same with
> http://mysecure.dir/file.ico
> of even a file with no extension
> http://mysecure.dir/file
> and
> http://mysecure.dir/file.zip
> will also be served without a challenge.
> But
> http://mysecure.dir/file.gif
> always is challenged as well as
> http://mysecure.dir/file.html
> 
> Of course, if the files don't exist mostly I get a 404 error 
> instead of a
> password challenge and sometimes just a blank screen.
> 
> My question is WHY? My hosting company uses Apache 1.3.31 and 
> of course,
> they're of little help.
> 
> I tried playing with the Limit and file directives, but they 
> seem not to
> work. I have two questions:
> 1) I searched the bugs and found some similar issues. Is this behavior
> normal? Or, am I doing something wrong?
> 2) Is there a way I can protect this dir from direct file 
> access, or do I
> need to rename everything to .gif in order to protect it?
> 
> Thanks in advance.
> 
> 
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