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From Neil Aggarwal <>
Subject How to password-protect a servlet?
Date Tue, 19 Dec 2000 03:44:12 GMT

I am using Apache 1.3.12 with Tomcat 3.1 and I wanted to 
password protect a servlet running on Tomcat with the 
Apache password mechanism.

In my httpd.conf file, I placed the following lines:
<LocationMatch /videosearch/servlet/AdminServlet>
AuthName "VideoSearch Admin"
AuthType Basic
AuthUserFile /usr/local/apache/conf/vidadmin.password
require valid-user

But, it did not ask me for a password. But, if I change the location
match to:
<LocationMatch /test>
AuthName "VideoSearch Admin"
AuthType Basic
AuthUserFile /usr/local/apache/conf/vidadmin.password
require valid-user

(The only thing I changed is the location to a directory called

Everything works fine in this case.

Is Tomcat intercepting the URL before apache has a chance to
check if it needs to ask for a password?

Is there a way to use Apache's authentication for URLs that
point to Tomcat?

If not, does Tomcat have authentication capabilities?


Neil Aggarwal
JAMM Consulting, Inc. -- (972) 612-6056,
Custom Internet Development -- Java, JSP, servlets, databases

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