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From Chee Yang Chau <>
Subject [users@httpd] What is the meaning of "declining to authorise" showing in error_log?
Date Sat, 11 Sep 2010 03:43:39 GMT

I am using Apache HTTPD 2.2.4 release 4 in Fedora Core 4.  I am trying to
protect a cgi-bin folder using LDAP authentication from a OpenLDAP directory

Here is my configuration in httpd.conf:

<Directory "/var/www/cgi-bin">
    AuthType Basic
    AuthName "CVSweb"
    AllowOverride None
    Options None
    Order deny,allow
    Allow from all
    AuthBasicProvider ldap
    AuthzLDAPAuthoritative off
    AuthLDAPURL ldap://,dc=example,dc=com,dc=my?uid?sub?(ob
    Require valid-user

When I attempt to access a cgi from cgi-bin via web browser, An usual
user/password dialog prompt and I able to access the cgi after enter correct
user/password information.

However, when I look into the error_log, I found this:

[root@bee httpd]# less error_log
[Sat Sep 11 11:21:38 2010] [debug] mod_authnz_ldap.c(376): [client] [22429]
auth_ldap authenticate: using URL ldap://,dc=estream,dc=com
[Sat Sep 11 11:21:38 2010] [debug] mod_authnz_ldap.c(475): [client] [22429]
auth_ldap authenticate: accepting ccy
[Sat Sep 11 11:21:38 2010] [debug] mod_authnz_ldap.c(842): [client] [22429]
auth_ldap authorise: *declining to authorise*

There is a "declining to authorise" showing in the error_log, but it seems
weird as I able to access my cgi using correct user/password pair.  Does
anyone know what it means?

My openldap service is host in Fedora Core 13 with SELINUX disable, the
/etc/nsswitch.conf has been patched to disable sssd authentication:

passwd:     files ldap #sss
shadow:     files ldap #sss
group:      files ldap #sss

My openldap service is able to handle STARTTLS connection and it is working
for another 3 samba servers in my network.

Best regards,
Chau Chee Yang

E Stream Software Sdn Bhd
SQL Financial Accounting

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