[Webinar] Learn how to a build a cloud-first strategyRegister Now

x
?
Solved

How can I produce a custom authentication module for Apache httpd?

Posted on 2007-11-16
1
Medium Priority
?
638 Views
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
I need a custom authentication module for Apache that will  put up a  customized authentication dialogue.  The existing authentication modules cause the browser to pop up a username/password dialogue, which is fine for what it is intended to do, but I would like to do something that only asks for a password, and does so as part of a page that is big enough to provide a paragraph of documentation and a link to  more detailed documentation.

At present, I'm faking it with
DirectoryIndex index.html index.php
in my apache config, so that index.html  has priority over index.php., and I have written an index.html which contains an html form that invokes a PHP action routine which verifies the password and then invokes the web app (named index.php) if the password is OK. Below the form I have a link to the user manual for the web app.

This looks nice, as I used Dreamweaver to surround the the form with some nice eye candy, but the security  level is not very good. Anybody who can find out or  guess the name of the subdirectory in which the web app lives can invoke it.

How can I produce  (or find) an authentication module that will put up the same screen?
0
Comment
Question by:jdgressett
1 Comment
 
LVL 3

Accepted Solution

by:
kylealanhale earned 2000 total points
ID: 20303555
You're going about it all the wrong way.  The basic apache authentication is handled by the browser, so you can't control what that popup looks like.  If that doesn't do it for you, you need to do some research on a few things:

PHP session handling
PHP security
SSL

There is no quick way to do this really.. but if you do some googling on at least the first two topics, you'll get a much more secure solution.  If you want to implement a Secure HTTP solution, you'll need to research the third.

Here's a fairly good little tutorial:

http://www.trap17.com/forums/php-simple-login-tutorial-t7887.html
0

Featured Post

Technology Partners: We Want Your Opinion!

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

If you are running a LAMP infrastructure, this little code snippet is very helpful if you are serving lots of HTML, JavaScript and CSS-related information. The mod_deflate module, which is part of the Apache 2.2 application, provides the DEFLATE…
Hi, in this article I'm going to teach you how to run your own site, and how to let people in (without IP). I'll talk about and explain each step... :) By the way, everything in this Tutorial is completely free and legal. This article is for …
As many of you are aware about Scanpst.exe utility which is owned by Microsoft itself to repair inaccessible or damaged PST files, but the question is do you really think Scanpst.exe is capable to repair all sorts of PST related corruption issues?
With just a little bit of  SQL and VBA, many doors open to cool things like synchronize a list box to display data relevant to other information on a form.  If you have never written code or looked at an SQL statement before, no problem! ...  give i…
Suggested Courses
Course of the Month20 days, 10 hours left to enroll

868 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question