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From Ben Laurie <>
Subject Re: [VOTE] Short Term Plan: Add Security Management Capabilities to Tomc
Date Sat, 16 Oct 1999 21:21:32 GMT
"Craig R. McClanahan" wrote:
> Sounds good to me, as long as it's universal across 1.1 and 1.2 platforms, can
> be exported, yadda yadda yadda.  You're right -- I'm only counting on a one-way
> encryption just like Unix password files (and just like Apache htpasswd
> files).  The security manager interface will have an authenticate method taking
> an HttpServletRequest as an argument (so that the interface has no dependencies
> on which type of authentication you are using).  When doing Basic
> authentication, you can just encrypt the password included in the header and
> compare to the encrypted stored version.

Note that basic auth is deprecated. We should promote the use of digest

BTW, linking identity irrevocably to HTTP auth of any flavour is bad,
IMO - there are many situations where the identity is established in a
completely different way, and these should be catered for.




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