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From Ari Davidow <>
Subject [users@httpd] unattended access control for apache 1.3 server using ssl
Date Tue, 09 Sep 2003 15:20:24 GMT

We have a series of browsers that access an apache 1.3 server (solaris). 
We'd like to limit access to the server from just those browsers. 
Normally, I'd use SSL and then set up a passwd file (or other 
authentication method) to limit access. In this case, the browsers 
unattended - they display information provided by the server. We'd like 
not to have to go around to each one upon restart and manually re-enter 
a user and password.

Is there some way to do a public key exchange or otherwise set up 
unattended authorization in such a setup? I've done this for rsync 
running under ssh, but am unsure as to how to approach this, or what it 
is called, for SSL and apache.


Ari Davidow
Applications Administrator, Web Central
Tufts University

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