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From "matt farey" <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] How to configure a username with colon?
Date Thu, 13 Aug 2009 06:52:56 GMT
Hi Wong,

You can have : in the password but not in the userID, see RFC2617:

userid      = *<TEXT excluding ":">
password    = *TEXT

So by using an encoding hack, you are of course no longer including a : in the userID

Hope that makes sense.

Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless device

-----Original Message-----
From: "Wong Kok Meng-a17866" <>

Date: Thu, 13 Aug 2009 13:59:44 
To: <>
Subject: [users@httpd] How to configure a username with colon?


I am using Apache 2.0 webserver that comes with Fedora. I enabled HTTP
digest authentication on my webserver by following the steps in It works well with
username without colon. If I have a colon in the username, it doesn't
work. I think the reason is because colons are used as delimiter in the
user file. I tried to percent encode but it still doesn't work.

Is there a way I can have ':' (colon) in my username? Please help. Thank
you very much.

Kok Meng

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