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From "Boyle Owen" <Owen.Bo...@swx.com>
Subject RE: [users@httpd] How to redirect to SSL if authentication is requested
Date Mon, 24 Jul 2006 14:54:18 GMT
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Neulinger, Nathan [mailto:nneul@umr.edu] 
> Sent: Monday, July 24, 2006 4:32 PM
> To: users@httpd.apache.org
> Subject: [users@httpd] How to redirect to SSL if 
> authentication is requested
> 
> Is there any straightforward way to tell apache (2.0 build 
> from RHEL) to
> redirect if authentication is requested?
> 
> I want to prevent any use of Basic auth on the cleartext/http side of
> the vhost. I can do that easily by disabling AuthConfig overrides on
> that vhost. However, this results in all pages breaking that 
> were using
> that support.
> 
> What I'd like to be able to do is cause any use of AuthInfo 
> on the http
> host to immediately generate a redirect response to the same server
> name, port 443. 

I don't think you can do this - the sequence of events is not how you
imagine.

The browser doesn't know a resource is protected until it requests it.
Then it gets back a 401. This causes the browser to pop-up a password
dialogue. Once it traps the credentials, it then sends them in a header
with a new request.

You'd have to make the first page HTTPS, but at that point the browser
doesn't know that Auth is required...

Rgds,
Owen Boyle
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> 
> Is this possible?
> 
> -- Nathan
>  
> ------------------------------------------------------------
> Nathan Neulinger                       EMail:  nneul@umr.edu
> University of Missouri - Rolla         Phone: (573) 341-6679
> UMR Information Technology             Fax: (573) 341-4216
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