iPlanet: Can .htaccess files be used in conjunction with siteminder?

Posted on 2006-05-21
Last Modified: 2008-02-01
We're using siteminder with iPlanet to control access to our site, but sometimes it's too cumbersome to easily manage low level directory access.  We'd like to sometimes use .htaccess files to restrict access to certain directories.  So siteminder would still control broad access, but for some lower level directories we'd like to be able to use "require user" directives in a .htaccess file to further restrict access.  We enabled .htaccess files in iPlanet, but the "require user" directives are completely ignored.   I'm assuming they're ignored because of siteminder, but don't know for sure.  Does anyone know if it's possible to use siteminder and .htaccess together and, if so, how to do it?  Thanks.
Question by:cmulzer
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    iPlanet uses its own ACL files (which are a bit more powerful than .htaccess, but probably more cumbersome to configure, depends on your view or skills:)

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    I'm familiar with ACL files, but we use Siteminder to handle our authentication.  My question is whether it's possible to use Siteminder for authentication, but then supplement it with simple .htaccess files with "require user" directives.
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    you mean you authenticate against siteminder and then you want to use that authentication in a .htaccess also?
    .htaccess can only use various passwd or DB files, so if you manage to write the passwords from siteminder into a psswd or DB file, then it can be done.

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