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From Geoffrey Young <>
Subject Re: [mp2] Authen handler with htgroup authorization
Date Wed, 23 Jun 2004 13:57:00 GMT
cc'ing the list.

John D Groenveld wrote:
> If you could try to replicate this core dump which only occurs for 
> me on directory listings, I'd be most appreciative. Much hair has
> been pulled out while trying to corner this bug.


ok, here's what I think is going on.  mod_dir is issuing a subrequest on
/foo/ to /foo/index.html.  this happens during fixups, which means that the
PerlAuthHandler runs on /foo/ and on /foo/index.html in the same browser

now, you have

  return Apache::OK unless $r->is_initial_req;

in there for your PerlAuthHandler, which bypasses the later call to
$r->get_basic_auth_pw and which would have set $r->user.  the core authz
handler then "if (!strcmp(w, user))" where user is NULL and *boom* therein
lies your segfault.

why doesn't this happen in 1.3? check this out.

in apache-1.3 $r->user isn't r->user, it's r->connection->user.  while
r->connection->user is reset at the end of each real request, it isn't local
to subrequests - the connection record is copied directly from the main
request and so r->connection->user lingers between subrequests!  which means
that the "if !strcmp(w, user))" logic in the authz handler is actually using
r->connection->user (as set by the initial request) in the subrequest if the
authen checker declines to handle subrequests.


so, I think there are a few problems here.  the first is that apache 1.3 is
messed up, so I'll address that with httpd-dev and see what they have to say
about it.  I doubt 1.3 will change, though, as I suspect there is lots of
logic that depends on r->connection->user being non-NULL.

the second issue is how we handle subrequests in mp2 (and apache 2.0 for
that matter).  my suggestion at the moment is to move the conditional after
the call to $r->get_basic_auth_pw.  shortcutting subrequests was intended as
a process saver when your own auth mechanism was complex (like hitting a
database) so simply parsing the headers before declining is not too bad and
it still saves you.



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