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Re: HTTP authentication software

From: Vishal Wani <vishal@nectech.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Oct 1999 09:40:17 -0400
Message-ID: <024401bf2213$23807f50$79f4bf80@nectech.com>
To: "Michele Lee" <mclee@oblix.com>, <www-talk@w3.org>
What web server do you have ? if it's IIS then you can go to IIS
administration and under directory security option for your default / any
website.....you will see basically three ways you could give access to web
server. 1. Anonymus access  2. Basic Authentication  3. Digest Access
Authentication.(on Windows NT - windows NT Challange/Response mechanism)
In basic uthentication user is asked the Login and password but this
information is not encrypted....whereas with DAA(windows NT
Challange/Response mechanism) the password and Login information is
encrypted and sent. In both these methods access is restricted using NTFS
access control list (on NT machine...I do not now how it works on other
systems...but should be same as this is not really specific to NT but rather
it's HTTP)
This actually is HTTP property itself and not any web-server specific...so
you could find a way to turn it on in any web-server.
It's very easy to implement any of these. For more info you can search on
W3C site for Basic and DAA under HTTP Protocol - security issues...
I hope that helps.


----- Original Message -----
From: Michele Lee <mclee@oblix.com>
To: <www-talk@w3.org>
Sent: Thursday, October 28, 1999 5:38 PM
Subject: HTTP authentication software

> Hi,
> Are there any software that performs HTTP authentication?  In particular,
> have an server application that resides on a web server, and I want to
write a
> non-browser client application that can talk to the server app.  I'm
> about how my client app can authenticate with the web server.  If there
> existing software that I can use, that would be great.  Otherwise, is it
> difficult to write my own?
> thanks,
> --Michele
Received on Friday, 29 October 1999 09:31:24 UTC

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