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From "David Bernal" <kusk...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] Secure Apache Directories
Date Wed, 05 Apr 2006 16:07:38 GMT
Excellent suggestion.  Another recent thought I had was to put certain files
outside the web root (e.g. /var/notwebroot/) and use PHP to fetch those
files after authenticating through a "php fetch file" script.

Thanks Boyle!


On 4/5/06, Boyle Owen <Owen.Boyle@swx.com> wrote:
>
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: David Bernal [mailto:kuski21@gmail.com]
> > Sent: Dienstag, 4. April 2006 18:21
> > To: users@httpd.apache.org
> > Subject: [users@httpd] Secure Apache Directories
> >
> > Hello All,
> >
> > I've setup my own authentication scheme with PHP/MySQL but it
> > didn't help with "non php files".  For example, If i post a
> > document SECURE.PDF, how do I secure it from being seen by
> > the outside world?
>
> I presume you're using cookies for session-handling: the server gives a
> cookie after checking the credentials and thereafter, the client submits
> this cookie with every request in that realm? Then, you have to pass every
> request through the session-handling logic - what's happening with your case
> is that the PDF requests are being directly served by apache.
>
> I've never used PHP for session-handling (maybe someone who has could chip
> in here?) but I guess you could rewrite the request internally so that it's
> handled by PHP (then the user doesn't see the URL change), eg:
>
> RewriteRule ^/subdir/(*.pdf) /phpdir/get_file.php?$1
>
> so now a request for /subdir/wibble.pdf will be handled by
> /phpdir/get_file.php?wibble.pdf. You'll have to write get_file.php to read
> the file off the disk and return it to the client (NB: remember to set the
> correct mime-type). There are probably example progs on the PHP website...
>
> Rgds,
> Owen Boyle
> Disclaimer: Any disclaimer attached to this message may be ignored.
>
> >
> > I don't want to use .htaccess directory security AND my PHP
> > authentication.  I really just want one web-based login
> > script that handles .htaccess type security for all file types.
> >
> > I hope this makes sense.  Any direction on what I can research?
> >
> > Thanks,
> >
> > David
> >
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