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Apache Today: Apache Guide: Apache Authentication, Part 4

Aug 14, 2000, 12:32 (0 Talkback[s])
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"In the last three articles, I've talked about authentication on Apache: asking the user for a username and password to get at your stuff. This week I'll cover some techniques for automating the maintenance of your password lists with Perl. Doing it all by hand can be a real drag."

"Warning: This article assumes that you already have a grasp on the basics of Perl."

"In case you don't know what Perl is, here's the simple explanation: it's a programming language. It's a very popular programming language, favored by folks for doing tasks that require text manipulation, sockets communication, orchestrating various applications in some way, and a plethora of other tasks. It is reputed to be very popular as a CGI programming language also, but that's only a smidgen of the whole story, and tends to sell Perl short by people who think, "Oh, that's just a CGI language."

"One of the things that is going to come in very handy in managing user and password lists is the ability to encrypt a password. The good news is that Perl has a built-in function to do just this. It's called crypt. In order to use it, you need to understand a few things."

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