Opened 10 years ago

Closed 10 years ago

Last modified 10 years ago

#3013 closed defect (invalid)

make it possible to use Digest-based authentication

Reported by: paul@… Owned by: Alec Thomas
Priority: normal Component: XmlRpcPlugin
Severity: normal Keywords:
Cc: Trac Release: 0.10


currently, I believe that users are forced to drop back from htdigest to htpasswd due to the following issue. This is a significant inconvenience, especially when many users have entered their passwords in the digest file and when multiple projects are involved.

The following is from

Problems with Digest HTTP authentication

The xmlrpclib.ServerProxy client - as demonstrated in the following examples - will not work with a Digest-based HTTP authentication: you need to set up a Basic HTTP authentication on server side to make the examples work.

If you use the standalone Trac daemon, this means that you cannot use the tracd -a option (htdigest authentication file). Use trac --basic-auth (htpasswd authentication file) instead.

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comment:1 Changed 10 years ago by Alec Thomas

Resolution: invalid
Status: newclosed

It's not clear to me what this has to do with XmlRpcPlugin. This is a limitation of the Python XML-RPC client.

comment:2 Changed 10 years ago by paul@…

ok, I see. thanks for the quick response!

it seems like Python has libraries that would support digest authentication (e.g.,

also, it seems like there are several people (mostly doing grid computing) with digest authentication in Python xmlrpc clients. I will ping a couple of them in case it might make sense for users of xmlrpcplugin to use an alternative client that can do digest authentication.

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