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.htaccess protection won't accept my password

Posted on 2011-09-19
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I followed these instructions exactly to protect a folder on my website:
http://www.elated.com/articles/password-protecting-your-pages-with-htaccess/

When trying to access a file within that folder via my browser, I am prompted for username and password but the username and password I chose does not work.

How do I fix this?
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Question by:lukeprog
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by:parparov
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Is your AuthUserFile pointing to a correct passwd file?
Is this passwd file readable by apache?

If you can paste here:
* .htaccess contents
* passwd file contents
* passwd file permissions

that may prove helpful.
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by:Papertrip
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Paste your .htaccess file please.
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by:lukeprog
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.htaccess:

AuthUserFile /domains/lukeprog.com/html/Friendly-AI.com/.htpasswd
AuthType Basic
AuthName "My Secret Folder"
Require valid-user

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.htpasswd:

gogogo:UZQy3VXatVBHE

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(I'll change the username and password later; not a big deal.)

Permissions on both files are currently 777.

Web page is:
http://lukeprog.com/Friendly-AI.com/index.html

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by:parparov
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You need to "AllowOverride AuthConfig" in your apache configuration for this protected directory. And restart apache after this modification.

And if you don't mind, what was the original password? What we see is the encrypted version.

You may also have the error message in your apache error log.
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by:lukeprog
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Original password is:

turing

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What do I do in the Apache configuration? Not sure where that is. Does this screenshot give you any guesses?
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by:parparov
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Oh, you're running on a hosting.

I am not familiar enough with panels of hosting services; you may find it easier to ask the hosting provider about the issue. Sometimes the hosting providers have explicit instructions on .htaccess setup.
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jjperezaguinaga earned 500 total points
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Greetings lukeprog,

Try to set up your .htaccess options in the following order:

AuthName
AuthType
AuthUserFile
Require valid-user

Also, I'm pretty sure your AuthUserFile is wrong, as you include a .com in the path where an absolute path your file should be provided. For instance, my path is something like this

/home/content/a/b/c/albocar/.htpasswd

and my sites are on

/home/content/a/b/c/albocar/html/_sites/site1
/home/content/a/b/c/albocar/html/_sites/site2/.htacess (protected site)

What worked for me is that I put the .htpasswd in the root file of my web server, (the first directory that appears when you FTP your account) and copied the absolute path from the ftp path. If you need help to know what's your absolute path, you can get a FTP client such as FileZilla or ask your hosting provider for help.

Best regards,
-JJ
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by:LinuxGuru
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Could you let me know the name of your hosting control panel? Is it Plesk panel or Direct admin or something like that? From the screenshot I'm unable to determine the name of your hosting control panel.
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Thanks!
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