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Apache login logout way to do it



8:11 pm on Jul 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Hi There!

Some time ago there were some questions about how to realize a logout from realms protected by .htaccess files without having to close the browser and empty all cached files (which most users don't do, even if they sould!).

Here's what I found out:

[I have read this one elsewhere and used it]

1. Create another realm which is protected by .htaccess
2. Create .htpasswd-file for it
3. Create a "dummy" user, mine is "logout:logout"

Now put a file into that directory that sends html-standard-code 401 Unauthorized! I do it using perl/cgi like this:

--- perl code ---

use CGI qw/:standard/;
print header(-status=>'401 Unauthorized');

--- end of code ---

Now you only have to create a link point to that file:

<a href="logout:logout@url://../logout.cgi">LOGOUT!</a>

.. and BANG it works!

You can even keep the browser running, the browser will even have some of the protected pages in cache, but every new "reload" causes a new authorization procedure!

I use this to protect an cgi-application that often changes values and is reloaded several times for this purpose (calls itself with changed input-field-values). For this kind of content it works perfectly!

Hope someone find's this helpful, I was puzzling a whole night to find that out - and it's soooo easy, once you know how it's done!


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[edited by: jatar_k at 4:17 pm (utc) on July 23, 2003]
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9:31 pm on July 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Frank - thanks for that, looks like a good tip. It'll certainly come in handy when testing applications that rely on htaccess authorisation, when you want to 'be' multiple users...

Oh, and welcome to WebmasterWorld ;)

1:59 am on July 23, 2003 (gmt 0)

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This is definitely a useful technique, but doing it without external scripts, by sending a 401 response using mod_rewrite, would be even more elegant.

Is anyone doing this already?


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