Problems with user authentication under NCSA httpd-1.3

Problems with user authentication under NCSA httpd-1.3

Post by Roy Smi » Tue, 12 Dec 1995 04:00:00

I'm trying to get user authentication to work with NCSA httpd-1.3.  I've
got it to the point where the authentication box comes up, but then I get:

403 Forbidden
Your client does not have permission to get URL /~roy/testing/ from this server.

along with the following in my log file:

access to /usr/users/roy/public_html/testing/ failed for, reason: file permissions deny server access

Here's what my .htaccess file for the directory in question looks like:

<limit get>
require user roy

and the relevant part of my access.conf file:

<Directory /usr/users/roy/public_html/testing>
        Options ExecCGI
        AuthName Testing
        AuthUserFile /usr/local/etc/httpd/conf/htpasswd
        AuthGroupFile /usr/local/etc/httpd/conf/htgroup
        AuthType Basic

The actual directory is world-readable (and executable, for that matter),
and all the individual files are word-readable.

I'm stumped.  Anybody have any idea what's going on?


Hippocrates Project, Department of Microbiology, Coles 202
NYU School of Medicine, 550 First Avenue, New York, NY 10016
"This never happened to Bart Simpson."


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[Thu Aug 24 19:16:06 1995] authorization: user USERNAME denied

where USERNAME is the username. Is there a timeout value for the server,
or is it incapable of reading/processing large .htpasswd/.htgroup files?
If so, what is the workaround? I tried dividing up the .htgroup file into
separate lines so all the users were not on the same line, but then the
server couldn't process the information correctly for users not on the
first line of the group definition.


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