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trouble with .htaccess file, apache

Posted on 2015-02-06
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Last Modified: 2015-02-08
I'm running apache 2.4.10 on Linux Slackware64 14.1 kernel 3.10.17.

This .htaccess file works:
AuthType Basic
AuthName "DAV-upload"
AuthUserFile /etc/httpd/passwords
Require user joe

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This one does not:
AuthType Basic
AuthName "DAV-upload"
Require valid-user

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I get
Internal Server Error
The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request.
Why? Apache docs indicates 'valid-user' "will allow anyone in that is listed in the password file, and who correctly enters their password." http://httpd.apache.org/docs/2.4/howto/auth.html. And, 'valid-user' appears to be permitted in .htaccess files:  http://weavervsworld.com/docs/other/passprotect.html

What am I doing wrong?
Question by:jmarkfoley
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Accepted Solution

bvtech earned 1600 total points
ID: 40594196
Hi there,
have you tried to insert also
AuthUserFile /etc/httpd/passwords
in the second configuration file?
This is necessary, if you use "local grants'" configuration.
Let me know.

Author Comment

ID: 40595019
have you tried to insert also  AuthUserFile /etc/httpd/passwords
I did try that and it worked ... sort of. It only authenticates with people in the /etc/httpd/passwords file. But ah ha, maybe that's what it means by 'valid-user' "will allow anyone in that is listed in the password file, and who correctly enters their password."  They're not talking about the OS password file, they're talking about the Apache password file, right?
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by:Lucas Bishop
Lucas Bishop earned 400 total points
ID: 40596559
They're not talking about the OS password file, they're talking about the Apache password file, right?

Correct. The list of "valid users" is contained inside the file specified via AuthUserFile, hence needing to specify the path to this file in the config.

Author Closing Comment

ID: 40597503
Thanks. I did write a script to create the http password file from the /etc/shadow file, so at least that simplifies things and the users don't have to remember 2 passwords:

cut -d: -f1,3 /etc/passwd | grep ":300" | cut -d: -f1 | \
while read
    grep "^$REPLY" /etc/shadow | cut -d: -f1,2
done > /etc/httpd/passwords

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