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From Steve Swift <>
Subject [users@httpd] Protecting certain cgi-bin subdirectories
Date Sat, 05 Aug 2006 09:25:43 GMT
I'm using Apache 2.0.46 and I want to password protect all of the
subdirectories below cgi-bin.  This is easy, with:

<DirectoryMatch /var/www/cgi-bin/.*/>

Require valid-user


This works fine, you need a userid, any userid, to get into the


Now, I'd like to be more selective about who gets into the /admin
subdirectory, so I add:

<Directory /var/www/cgi-bin/admin>

Require user Swifty



This second step had no effect.  I could still fetch pages from
/var/www/cgi-bin/admin with any valid user.


The only way that I found to get this working was to change the original
DirectoryMatch to somehow exclude the /admin directory:

<DirectoryMatch /var/www/cgi-bin/[^a].*/>

This works, and "Swifty" is the only user who can get into /cgi-bin/admin/
but now all of the other subdirectories starting with "a" are not protected
at all.

I can work around this by getting cleverer with the pattern in the
<DirectoryMatch> but I'd rather not.


Can someone explain to me why my original <Directory> statement had no
effect, please? 

Better still, can anyone propose an elegant solution to this?


I'm reasonably sure that I had this setup working at one point, with just
the first two statements above as they stand, but it may be that I never
verified the restriction on the /cgi-bin/admin directory.


Steve Swift


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