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From "Kevin A. McGrail" <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] Basic Auth Authentication Wonkiness with scripts or Static HTML not protected by Basic Auth accessing resources protected by Basic Auth In when using Apache & Internet Explorer
Date Mon, 16 Jan 2012 23:35:07 GMT

On 1/16/2012 4:29 PM, Igor Cicimov wrote:
>  I have a feeling that IE and FF exibit the same behavor its just that
>  FF automatically supplies the credentials without prompting you all
>  the time.
I had similar thoughts.  However, with IE, I typically will get some
password error log entries with firefox.  Something like this even
though I have 100% entered the password correctly:

[Mon Jan 16 15:46:46 2012] [error] [client] user pictures:
authentication failure for
Password Mismatch, referer:
>  Try putting the htaccess file out of photos directory and enclose the
>  authentication inside Directory tag.
Good idea.  Switching from a .htaccess file to using a Basic Auth
directive inside a directory tag in httpd.conf DOES in fact appear to
resolve the issue in IE and firefox.

So have I found a bug or just a known issue?


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