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From Georg Sauer-Limbach <>
Subject Re: HTTP Authentication again
Date Tue, 09 May 2006 18:53:45 GMT

this seems to be a very clever feature of Firefox.
I am just exercising with ftp://user:pw@host URLs
to access ftp, and it seems to behave the same.
It even removes the user:pwd from the URL bar
after it has logged in.

So, I wouldn't bet on all browsers to behave like


Oliver Cole wrote:
> On Tue, 2006-05-09 at 10:30 -0600, Adam Taft wrote:
>>Just as a point of clarification...
>>When you embed a password into the URL (as discussed in this thread like 
>>, the username and password won't 
>>be encrypted even if you're using SSL (https).  That's obvious, right?
>>Whereas, with basic authentication (via http headers), the credentials 
>>will be encrypted when using SSL.  This is because the credentials are 
>>part of the message header, not part of the resource locator itself.
>>This is ultimately why the form first form for authentication 
>>(credentials in the URL) is strongly discouraged.
> Um, I just sniffed Firefox against Apache, with a user:password@host
> URL, and it first got back a 401, then sent the password in the
> Authorization header. At no point did the password travel alongside any
> form of resource location.
> Either you're wrong, or I misunderstand?
> Regards,
> Oli

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