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From Ramesh Nadupalli <nadupalliram...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] Re: Multiple authencation prompts
Date Thu, 02 Jan 2014 06:41:43 GMT
Thanks Andrew for the info. Will check with our team.

On Wed, Jan 1, 2014 at 5:53 PM, Andrew Schulman
<andrex@alumni.utexas.net> wrote:
>> Hello,
>>
>> I am using apache to host iOS related applications. I have integrated
>> apache with our internal LDAP. When I try to access on a desktop it
>> prompts for password only once. Where as in apple devices its
>> prompting multiple times (I use plist). If the app consists of 4
>> files, it prompts for password for 4 times.Can you please recommend a
>> better way to handle this?
>
> When you require HTTP authentication, the user's app or browser has to
> send the username and password with each new request.  So if your page
> uses 4 files, the browser has to send the username and password 4 times.
>
> Most browsers hide this from the user by cacheing HTTP authentication
> credentials (username and password), and presenting them again with each
> new request.  So the user authenticates just once, and the browser takes
> care of it after that.
>
> It seems that your Apple devices aren't doing that.  Cacheing HTTP auth
> credentials is a basic browser feature, so if they're not doing it, it
> seems like a bug.
>
> You don't have many choices.  You can remove the authentication
> requirement; ignore the problem if it's limited to just a few buggy
> apps; or change to an application-based method of authentication, using
> forms and cookies (assuming those buggy apps handle cookies correctly).
> Sorry.
>
> Andrew
>
>
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