Bug 45297 - mod_dir does not manage correctly the user (r->user) in the response handler
Summary: mod_dir does not manage correctly the user (r->user) in the response handler
Alias: None
Product: Apache httpd-2
Classification: Unclassified
Component: mod_dir (show other bugs)
Version: 2.2.9
Hardware: PC Linux
: P2 minor (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Apache HTTPD Bugs Mailing List
Keywords: MassUpdate
Depends on:
Reported: 2008-06-27 05:16 UTC by titetluc
Modified: 2018-11-07 21:09 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

adds "r->user = rr->user" to ap_internal_fast_redirect (396 bytes, patch)
2008-06-27 08:28 UTC, Torsten F
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Description titetluc 2008-06-27 05:16:08 UTC
I have a problem retrieving the user identity (r->user) in a specific configuration (using mod_perl). I sent a mail on the mod_perl mailing list to verify if the pb came from mod_perl.

The thread can be found here: 


Torsten Foertsch (thanks to him) configured a basic httpd configuration to locate the problem. It seems that mod_dir does not work properly.

All the story in the previous link !
Comment 1 Torsten F 2008-06-27 08:05:58 UTC
I have verified it without mod_perl with apache 2.2.9:

DirectoryIndex index.shtml
Options Includes Indexes
AddType text/html .shtml
AddOutputFilter INCLUDES .shtml

<Location /index.shtml>
    Require valid-user
    AuthType basic
    AuthName "Something very secret"
    AuthUserFile /path/to/htpasswd

My index.shtml reads:

<h1>Hello <!--#echo var="REMOTE_USER" --></h1>
<!--#printenv -->

If /index.shtml is requested all works normal. If only / is requested I get 
the password prompt. Then it shows the page but the REMOTE_USER variable is 
unset. This variable is r->user.
Comment 2 Torsten F 2008-06-27 08:28:47 UTC
Created attachment 22189 [details]
adds "r->user = rr->user" to ap_internal_fast_redirect

ap_internal_fast_redirect looks to me like a very ugly hack. Its name suggests that it does an internal redirect but it doesn't. It simply destroyes the current main request and overrides it with the other.

Why is it used instead of ap_run_sub_req?
Comment 3 William A. Rowe Jr. 2018-11-07 21:09:15 UTC
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