Authentication for Netscape server

Authentication for Netscape server

Post by Meng-You Yan » Wed, 09 Sep 1998 04:00:00


I'm not sure if this has been asked before. I'm looking for a way
to configure the Netscape server so that users can be prompted
a dialog box for username and password (using Basic Authentication),
which are then checked against the username and password stored
in Sybase.

I'm using Netscape Enterprise Server 3.0 on Solaris 2.6.
Any information is much appreciated! Thanks!


1. Custom user authentication under Netscape servers


I am trying to write a custom user authentication procedure
under Netscape's web servers using their NSAPI. There is an
example already but it did not work. I wonder if there is
a working example somewhere already, and I'd appreciate a
pointer to that. Then I should not have too much trouble
modifying a working example after that.

What we are trying to do, and I am not sure if it is do-able,
is to have a "time-out" for password-protected areas. The first
time a user visits, she has to enter a username and password.
But normally if her web browser runs for any length of time,
no more username/password is required. We are trying to have
a mechanism by which she will have to re-enter her username/password
after say, 6, hours of inactivity.

Maybe there is something on the browser side that is caching passwords?
Even if there is, it will not be practical to ask users to disable
password caching on their browsers.

Thanks in advance!
Mingzuo Shen

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