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Re: OT: lynx config problems with firewall

From: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Date: Fri, 31 May 2002 22:39:14 +0100 (BST)
Message-Id: <200205312139.g4VLdEc01171@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

> I have just installed Lynx 2.8.4 on Win2K and can't see anywhere in the cfg
> file to enter authentication details for our firewall. When I start Lynx it
> hits the firewall straight away with no option for me to enter username and
> password so I get an "access denied" error message. I can't believe that
> they haven't built this into the configuration options. 

If the firewall uses an open protocol, you will be prompted for the
information.  The normal reason for simply getting rejected is that you
are using a Microsoft proxy configured to use their proprietory NTLM
authentication scheme.  If they are, and the proxy managers are not
prepared to bypass it for you, or let you use Basic authentication, you
will have to use Internet Explorer.  Note even Netscape don't implement
NTLM, which makes me suspect that there is some intellectual property law
(patents or confidentiality) that is preventing their doing so in the USA.
I haven't seen a description of the protocol that would allow an open
source product to implement it.

Given that you appear to be using Outlook/Exchange and given the nature
of the organisation you work for, it is almost certain that they are
a dedicated Microsoft house and are using NTLM authentication.
Received on Friday, 31 May 2002 17:43:47 GMT

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