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From "Johnny Edge" <>
Subject RE: [users@httpd] AuthType, Content hashing for LDAP
Date Fri, 05 Dec 2008 18:58:09 GMT

No option that I am aware off - I think server variables could be left unregistered as a group
within php.ini conf file which of course results in a functionality disaster.

One way to deal with this is to recompile PHP and opt not to register PHP_AUTH_PW (in main/php_variables.c).
I thought there might be a more friendly (Apache) approach to deal with this problem. 

Apparently authnz_ldap won't work with AuthType Digest either.


-----Original Message-----
From: Nick Kew [] 
Sent: 05 December 2008 20:30
Subject: Re: [users@httpd] AuthType, Content hashing for LDAP

On Fri, 5 Dec 2008 17:28:17 +0200
"Johnny Edge" <> wrote:

> Everything is fine and works as expected, however I much prefer to 
> have the 'Authorization: Basic YXBhY2hldXNlcjphcGFjaGVwYXNz' header 
> encrypted and not available to a var such as $_SERVER["PHP_AUTH_PW"] 
> in PHP while not harming the ldap functionality.

Isn't there a PHP option to suppress that?  With CGI the password is always withheld unless
you compile with BIG_SECURITY_HOLE?

You could use RequestHeader.

> Do you reckon there is a work around for this, i.e. w/ mod Digest or 
> other means?

That'll work around it too, to the extent that the credentials exposed to PHP will be of no
use to a cracker.  But better just to remove it, or replace it with a dummy value.

Nick Kew

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