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

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?
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jdgressett
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kylealanhaleCommented:
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
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