Bug 50172 - Digest allows access bypassing secuity
Summary: Digest allows access bypassing secuity
Alias: None
Product: Apache httpd-2
Classification: Unclassified
Component: mod_auth_digest (show other bugs)
Version: 2.2.17
Hardware: Other Linux
: P2 normal (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Apache HTTPD Bugs Mailing List
Keywords: MassUpdate
Depends on:
Reported: 2010-10-28 09:30 UTC by Emrys Jones
Modified: 2018-11-07 21:09 UTC (History)
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Description Emrys Jones 2010-10-28 09:30:07 UTC
I am not a very experienced Apache person, so please forgive me if I have this wrong.  If this is just user error, feel free to delete (although the solution would be appreciated.)

Essentially there seems to be a way of bypassing Digest authentication.  N.B. these webpages are under development and sit in a sub-tree htdocs/website .

1. In my httpd.conf I have set "AllowOverride All" in all directories just to be sure.  It made no difference.  The mod_auth_digest module is built-in using the flag to 'configure'.
2. In the htdocs/protected directory I have a .htaccess file

AuthType Digest
AuthName "Please login"
AuthUserFile /srv/www/passwd
Require user users

ErrorDocument 401 "/website/preloginrequired.html"
ErrorDocument 404 "/website/preloginrequired.html"

Note that I use AuthUserFile because it works, whereas AuthDigestFile throws an 'Invalid command' line in error_log, plus authentication doesn't work.

3. I have a page htdocs/website/loginclientarea.html that essentially puts a message on the screen that says "Please login", it also has
<body onLoad="window.location='protected/clientarea.html'">

As soon as the page has pasted, it tries to branch to the protected page, causing the browser login box to appear.  So I get a login page, and when they have completed it successfully, they get into the protected page.  Works on every browser I can find, bar one.

On version 6.0.2800.1106.xpsl.020828-1920 of IE6 no browser login box is presented and you arrive straight into the protected page without giving a  password.  Just to make sure there is no issue of cached passwords etc. I have changed the password on 'protected' twice and it still happens although this browser has never logged into the protected page with the new password.

I suggest this is not a browser issue; the Apache server should not be handing out the page without authentication under any circumstances.  But it does.
Comment 1 Dan Poirier 2010-10-28 10:32:29 UTC
Can you get a network trace of IE6 accessing the protected page without a userid/password?  Also please provide the configuration files.
Comment 2 William A. Rowe Jr. 2018-11-07 21:09:53 UTC
Please help us to refine our list of open and current defects; this is a mass update of old and inactive Bugzilla reports which reflect user error, already resolved defects, and still-existing defects in httpd.

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