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From Dave Carlson <>
Subject Cannot get manager/html access
Date Wed, 26 Jan 2011 17:55:19 GMT

I am using tomcat 6.0.30 and cannot get the authentication correct using 
tomcat-users.xml. Here is my tomcat-users:
   <role rolename="tomcat"/>
   <role rolename="role1"/>
   <role rolename="manager-gui"/>
   <role rolename="manager"/>
   <user username="tomcat" password="tomcat" roles="tomcat,manager"/>
   <user username="admin" password="admin" roles="manager,manager-gui"/>
   <user username="both" password="tomcat" roles="tomcat,role1"/>
   <user username="role1" password="tomcat" roles="role1"/>

My server.xml has this in it:
     <!-- Editable user database that can also be used by
          UserDatabaseRealm to authenticate users
     <Resource name="UserDatabase" auth="Container"
               description="User database that can be updated and saved"
               pathname="conf/tomcat-users.xml" />

I have tried not using the manager role also. No matter what I do i get 
the 401 page like this:

You are not authorized to view this page. If you have not changed any 
configuration files, please examine the file conf/tomcat-users.xml in 
your installation. That file must contain the credentials to let you use 
this webapp.

For example, to add the manager-gui role to a user named tomcat with a 
password of s3cret, add the following to the config file listed above.

<role rolename="manager-gui"/>
<user username="tomcat" password="s3cret" roles="manager-gui"/>

Note that for Tomcat 6.0.30 onwards, the roles required to use the 
manager application were changed from the single manager role to the 
following four roles. You will need to assign the role(s) required for 
the functionality you wish to access.

     * manager-gui - allows access to the HTML GUI and the status pages
     * manager-script - allows access to the text interface and the 
status pages
     * manager-jmx - allows access to the JMX proxy and the status pages
     * manager-status - allows access to the status pages only

The HTML interface is protected against CSRF but the text and JMX 
interfaces are not. To maintain the CSRF protection:

     * The deprecated manager role should not be assigned to any user.
     * Users with the manager-gui role should not be granted either the 
manager-script or manager-jmx roles.
     * If the text or jmx interfaces are accessed through a browser 
(e.g. for testing since these interfaces are intended for tools not 
humans) then the browser must be closed afterwards to terminate the 

For more information - please see the Manager App HOW-TO.

Any information on how to set this up would be appreciated.


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