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LWP::UserAgent Authentication - how to get password

Posted on 2004-04-22
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Hi,


I am trying to use LWP::UserAgent to retrieve password protected web
page. Since, my page is also password protected, I need to send
'Authorization' http header (encoded in base64) to other page. Both applications use same user name and password. How can I read password or 'Authorization' header in my script to make the following statement work:

$req->authorization_basic($username, $password);
OR
$req->authorization('Basic cm1vaSHGFsdfTNteFxs');   #cm1vaSHGFsdfTNteFxs is username:password encoded in base64

Thanks,
Rakesh.
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There's a limitation here. In the CGI environment your script is run in, it does not have full access to the headers of the HTTP request that caused it to start. You can learn, from environment variables, the AUTH_TYPE and REMOTE_USER. This means you would need to have stored the password corresponding to the user somewhere where your script can access it -- it cannot simply read or pass along the Authentication: header that was received.
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