Apache HTTP Server Version 2.2
|Description:||Group authorization using plaintext files|
|Compatibility:||Available in Apache 2.1 and later|
This module provides authorization capabilities so that
authenticated users can be allowed or denied access to portions
of the web site by group membership. Similar functionality is
|Description:||Sets the name of a text file containing the list of user groups for authorization|
AuthGroupFile directive sets the
name of a textual file containing the list of user groups for user
authorization. File-path is the path to the group
file. If it is not absolute, it is treated as relative to the
Each line of the group file contains a groupname followed by a colon, followed by the member usernames separated by spaces.
mygroup: bob joe anne
Note that searching large text files is very
AuthDBMGroupFile provides a much better performance.
Make sure that the
stored outside the document tree of the web-server; do not
put it in the directory that it protects. Otherwise, clients may
be able to download the
|Description:||Sets whether authorization will be passed on to lower level modules|
directive explicitly to
Off allows for
group authorization to be passed on to lower level modules (as defined
modules.c files) if there is no
group matching the supplied userID.
By default, control is not passed on and an unknown group will result in an Authentication Required reply. Not setting it thus keeps the system secure and forces an NCSA compliant behaviour.
Do consider the implications of allowing a user to
allow fall-through in his
.htaccess file; and verify
that this is really what you want; Generally it is easier to just
secure a single
.htpasswd file, than it is to secure
a database which might have more access interfaces.