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Re: Obtaining Windows username from an intranet ActiveState Perl script

by Plankton (Priest)
on Feb 06, 2013 at 22:40 UTC ( #1017520=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Obtaining Windows username from an intranet ActiveState Perl script

Why did you choose Apache2::AuthenNTLM? Looking on CPAN it doesn't look like a very well maintained module, http://search.cpan.org/~speeves/Apache2-AuthenNTLM-0.02/ Why can't you use Basic Apache authentication?


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Re^2: Obtaining Windows username from an intranet ActiveState Perl script
by saa (Initiate) on Feb 06, 2013 at 23:31 UTC
    Is Basic Apache authentication able to automatically get the person's Windows username without prompting them?
      Its like any other authentication scheme, the user supplies the username and a password. Or does Apache2::AuthenNTLM somehow read the mind of the person on the other end of the network and determine their window's username? Not even windows can get a person username until they type it in to the login screen. Maybe what you are looking for is a single sign on solution. If so why didn't ask about that? I have used products from Quest http://www.quest.com/identity-management/ that handle Apache authentication with Window credentials but its not free or opensource.

        Because the users are on intranet and it's a Microsoft IT environment, their browser automatically identifies who they are (I believe using NTLM authentication).

        Using ASP, the variable is HttpContext.Current.User

        The original post that I linked to also describes this scenario (where the intranet user never has to supply their username/password to the site, but the site can still obtain it).

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