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Re: Getting round website authentication with Firefox
From: Christopher Kunz <christopher.kunz () hardened-php net>
Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2005 01:55:10 +0200

account.throw () gmail com wrote:
Using firefox's "save target as" feature, you can get round web authentication.

Make a password protected directory (with a video file inside) (using .htaccess and htpasswd), check that it actully 
requires a login when you click the link to the video normally, then create a hyperlink to the file, right click save as - 
oh snap, it doesn't ask for authentication.

I've only tested it with a video file and Firefox 1.0.6.

Nope. This cannot work, you probably messed up your basic auth settings in Apache. If you perform a HEAD /protected/video.avi, you will already see the 401 header - and there is no way to bypass that with a client.

For the sake of the argument, I actually tried it out - and it doesn't work (of course).

I'd suspect that you a) didn't configure the basic auth properly or b) have run into the infamous basic auth caching issue (a.k.a. "we can't log out users with basic auth").

--ck


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