package Apache::AuthCookie;
$Apache::AuthCookie::VERSION = '3.30';
# ABSTRACT: Perl Authentication and Authorization via cookies

use strict;

use Carp;
use mod_perl qw(1.07 StackedHandlers MethodHandlers Authen Authz);
use Apache::Constants qw(:common M_GET FORBIDDEN OK REDIRECT);
use Apache::AuthCookie::Params;
use Apache::AuthCookie::Util qw(is_blank is_local_destination);
use Apache::Util qw(escape_uri);
use Apache::URI;
use Encode ();

sub recognize_user ($$) {
    my ($self, $r) = @_;

    # only check if user is not already set
    return DECLINED unless is_blank($r->connection->user);

    my $debug = $r->dir_config("AuthCookieDebug") || 0;
    my ($auth_type, $auth_name) = ($r->auth_type, $r->auth_name);

    return DECLINED if is_blank($auth_type) or is_blank($auth_name);

    return DECLINED if is_blank($r->header_in('Cookie'));

    my $cookie_name = $self->cookie_name($r);

    my ($cookie) = $r->header_in('Cookie') =~ /$cookie_name=([^;]+)/;
    $r->log_error("cookie $cookie_name is $cookie") if $debug >= 2;
    return DECLINED unless $cookie;

    my ($user, @args) = $auth_type->authen_ses_key($r, $cookie);
    if (!is_blank($user) and scalar @args == 0) {
        $r->log_error("user is $user") if $debug >= 2;

        # if SessionTimeout is on, send new cookie with new Expires.
        if (my $expires = $r->dir_config("${auth_name}SessionTimeout")) {
            $self->send_cookie($cookie, { expires => $expires });

        $r->connection->user( $self->_encode($r, $user) );
    elsif (scalar @args > 0 and $auth_type->can('custom_errors')) {
        return $auth_type->custom_errors($r, $user, @args);

    return is_blank($user) ? DECLINED : OK;

sub cookie_name {
    my ($self, $r) = @_;

    my $auth_type = $r->auth_type;
    my $auth_name = $r->auth_name;

    my $cookie_name = $r->dir_config("${auth_name}CookieName")
        || "${auth_type}_${auth_name}";

    return $cookie_name;

sub encoding {
    my ($self, $r) = @_;

    my $auth_name = $r->auth_name;

    return $r->dir_config("${auth_name}Encoding");

sub requires_encoding {
    my ($self, $r) = @_;

    my $auth_name = $r->auth_name;

    return $r->dir_config("${auth_name}RequiresEncoding");

sub decoded_user {
    my ($self, $r) = @_;

    my $user = $r->connection->user;

    if (is_blank($user)) {
        return $user;

    my $encoding = $self->encoding($r);

    if (!is_blank($encoding)) {
        $user = Encode::decode($encoding, $user);

    return $user;

sub decoded_requires {
    my ($self, $r) = @_;

    my $reqs     = $r->requires or return;
    my $encoding = $self->requires_encoding($r);

    unless (is_blank($encoding)) {
        for my $req (@$reqs) {
            $$req{requirement} = Encode::decode($encoding, $$req{requirement});

    return $reqs;

sub handle_cache {
    my $self = shift;

    my $r = Apache->request;

    my $auth_name = $r->auth_name;
    return unless $auth_name;

    unless ($r->dir_config("${auth_name}Cache")) {
        $r->err_header_out(Pragma => 'no-cache');

sub remove_cookie {
    my $self = shift;

    my $r = Apache->request;

    my $debug = $r->dir_config("AuthCookieDebug") || 0;

    my $cookie_name = $self->cookie_name($r);

    my $str = $self->cookie_string(
        request => $r,
        key     => $cookie_name,
        value   => '',
        expires => 'Mon, 21-May-1971 00:00:00 GMT'

    $r->err_headers_out->add("Set-Cookie" => "$str");

    $r->log_error("removed cookie $cookie_name") if $debug >= 2;

# convert current request to GET
sub _convert_to_get {
    my ($self, $r) = @_;

    return unless $r->method eq 'POST';

    my $debug = $r->dir_config("AuthCookieDebug") || 0;

    $r->log_error("Converting POST -> GET") if $debug >= 2;

    my $args = $self->params($r);

    my @pairs = ();

    for my $name ($args->param) {
        # we dont want to copy login data, only extra data
        next if $name eq 'destination'
             or $name =~ /^credential_\d+$/;

        for my $v ($args->param($name)) {
            push @pairs, escape_uri($name) . '=' . escape_uri($v);

    $r->args(join '&', @pairs) if scalar(@pairs) > 0;


sub params {
    my ($self, $r) = @_;

    return Apache::AuthCookie::Params->new($r);

sub login ($$) {
    my ($self, $r) = @_;
    my $debug = $r->dir_config("AuthCookieDebug") || 0;

    my ($auth_type, $auth_name) = ($r->auth_type, $r->auth_name);

    my $params = $self->params($r);

    $self->_convert_to_get($r) if $r->method eq 'POST';

    my $destination         = $params->param('destination');
    my $default_destination = $r->dir_config("${auth_name}DefaultDestination");

    if (is_blank($destination)) {
        if (!is_blank($default_destination)) {
            $destination = $default_destination;
            $r->log_error("destination set to $destination");
        else {
            $r->log_error("No key 'destination' found in form data");
            $r->subprocess_env('AuthCookieReason', 'no_cookie');
            return $auth_type->login_form;

    if ($r->dir_config("${auth_name}EnforceLocalDestination")) {
        my $current_url = Apache::URI->parse($r)->unparse;
        unless (is_local_destination($destination, $current_url)) {
            $r->log_error("non-local destination $destination detected for uri ",$r->uri);

            if (is_local_destination($default_destination, $current_url)) {
                $destination = $default_destination;
                $r->log_error("destination changed to $destination");
            else {
                $r->log_error("Returning login form: non local destination: $destination");
                $r->subprocess_env('AuthCookieReason', 'no_cookie');
                return $auth_type->login_form($r);

    # Get the credentials from the data posted by the client
    my @credentials;
    for (my $i = 0 ; defined $params->param("credential_$i") ; $i++) {
        my $key = "credential_$i";
        my $val = $params->param("credential_$i");
        $r->log_error("$key $val") if $debug >= 2;
        push @credentials, $val;

    # save creds in pnotes in case login form script wants to use them.
    $r->pnotes("${auth_name}Creds", \@credentials);

    # Exchange the credentials for a session key.
    my $ses_key = $self->authen_cred($r, @credentials);
    unless ($ses_key) {
        $r->log_error("Bad credentials") if $debug >= 2;
        $r->subprocess_env('AuthCookieReason', 'bad_credentials');
        return $auth_type->login_form;

    if ($debug >= 2) {
        if (defined $ses_key) {
            $r->log_error("ses_key $ses_key");
        else {
            $r->log_error("ses_key undefined");



    $r->header_out(Location => $self->untaint_destination($destination));

    return REDIRECT;

sub untaint_destination {
    my ($self, $dest) = @_;

    return Apache::AuthCookie::Util::escape_destination($dest);

sub logout($$) {
    my ($self, $r) = @_;
    my $debug = $r->dir_config("AuthCookieDebug") || 0;



    #my %args = $r->args;
    #if (exists $args{'redirect'}) {
    #  $r->err_header_out("Location" => $args{'redirect'});
    #  return REDIRECT;
    #} else {
    #  $r->status(200);
    #  return OK;

sub authenticate ($$) {
    my ($auth_type, $r) = @_;
    my $auth_user;
    my $debug = $r->dir_config("AuthCookieDebug") || 0;

    $r->log_error("auth_type " . $auth_type) if ($debug >= 3);

    unless ($r->is_initial_req) {
        if (defined $r->prev) {
            # we are in a subrequest.  Just copy user from previous request.
            # encoding would have been handled in prev req, so do not encode here.
        return OK;

    if ($r->auth_type ne $auth_type) {
        # This location requires authentication because we are being called,
        # but we don't handle this AuthType.
        $r->log_error("AuthType mismatch: $auth_type =/= " . $r->auth_type)
            if $debug >= 3;
        return DECLINED;

    # Ok, the AuthType is $auth_type which we handle, what's the authentication
    # realm's name?
    my $auth_name = $r->auth_name;
    $r->log_error("auth_name " . $auth_name) if $debug >= 2;
    unless ($auth_name) {
        $r->log_reason("AuthName not set, AuthType=$auth_type", $r->uri);
        return SERVER_ERROR;

    # Get the Cookie header. If there is a session key for this realm, strip
    # off everything but the value of the cookie.
    my $cookie_name = $auth_type->cookie_name($r);
    my ($ses_key_cookie) =
        ($r->header_in("Cookie") || "") =~ /$cookie_name=([^;]+)/;
    $ses_key_cookie = "" unless defined($ses_key_cookie);

    $r->log_error("ses_key_cookie " . $ses_key_cookie) if ($debug >= 1);
    $r->log_error("uri " . $r->uri) if ($debug >= 2);

    if ($ses_key_cookie) {
        my ($auth_user, @args) =
            $auth_type->authen_ses_key($r, $ses_key_cookie);

        if (!is_blank($auth_user) and scalar @args == 0) {

            # We have a valid session key, so we return with an OK value.
            # Tell the rest of Apache what the authentication method and
            # user is.

            $r->connection->user( $auth_type->_encode($r, $auth_user) );
            $r->log_error("user authenticated as $auth_user") if $debug >= 1;

            # if SessionTimeout is on, send cookie with new expires
            if (my $expires = $r->dir_config("${auth_name}SessionTimeout")) {
                    { expires => $expires });

            return OK;
        elsif (scalar @args > 0 and $auth_type->can('custom_errors')) {
            return $auth_type->custom_errors($r, $auth_user, @args);
        else {

           # There was a session key set, but it's invalid for some reason. So,
           # remove it from the client now so when the credential data is posted
           # we act just like it's a new session starting.
            $r->subprocess_env('AuthCookieReason', 'bad_cookie');
    else {
        $r->subprocess_env('AuthCookieReason', 'no_cookie');

    # They aren't authenticated, and they tried to get a protected
    # document.  Send them the authen form.
    return $auth_type->login_form;

sub login_form {
    my $self = shift;

    my $r = Apache->request or die "no request";
    my $auth_name = $r->auth_name;

    $self->_convert_to_get($r) if $r->method eq 'POST';

    # There should be a PerlSetVar directive that gives us the URI of
    # the script to execute for the login form.

    my $authen_script;
    unless ($authen_script = $r->dir_config($auth_name . "LoginScript")) {
        $r->log_reason("PerlSetVar '${auth_name}LoginScript' not set", $r->uri);
        return SERVER_ERROR;

    #$r->log_error("Redirecting to $authen_script");
    my $status = $self->login_form_status($r);
    $status = FORBIDDEN unless defined $status;

    if ($status == OK) {
        # custom_response doesn't work for OK, DONE, or DECLINED in apache 1.x
    else {
        $r->custom_response($status, $authen_script);

    return $status;

sub login_form_status {
    my ($self, $r) = @_;

    my $ua = $r->headers_in->get('User-Agent')
        or return FORBIDDEN;

    if (Apache::AuthCookie::Util::understands_forbidden_response($ua)) {
        return FORBIDDEN;
    else {
        return OK;

sub satisfy_is_valid {
    my ($auth_type, $r, $satisfy) = @_;
    $satisfy = lc $satisfy;

    if ($satisfy eq 'any' or $satisfy eq 'all') {
        return 1;
    else {
        my $auth_name = $r->auth_name;
        $r->log_reason("PerlSetVar ${auth_name}Satisfy $satisfy invalid",
        return 0;

sub get_satisfy {
    my ($auth_type, $r) = @_;

    my $auth_name = $r->auth_name;

    return lc $r->dir_config("${auth_name}Satisfy") || 'all';

sub authorize ($$) {
    my ($auth_type, $r) = @_;
    my $debug = $r->dir_config("AuthCookieDebug") || 0;

    $r->log_error('authorize() for ' . $r->uri()) if ($debug >= 3);
    return OK unless $r->is_initial_req;    #only the first internal request

    if ($r->auth_type ne $auth_type) {
        $r->log_error($auth_type . " auth type is " . $r->auth_type)
            if ($debug >= 3);
        return DECLINED;

    my $reqs_arr = $auth_type->decoded_requires($r) or return DECLINED;

    my $user = $auth_type->decoded_user($r);
    if (is_blank($user)) {
        # authentication failed
        $r->log_reason("No user authenticated", $r->uri);
        return FORBIDDEN;

    my $satisfy = $auth_type->get_satisfy($r);
    return SERVER_ERROR unless $auth_type->satisfy_is_valid($r, $satisfy);
    my $satisfy_all = $satisfy eq 'all';

    my ($forbidden);
    foreach my $req (@$reqs_arr) {
        my ($requirement, $args) = split /\s+/, $req->{requirement}, 2;
        $args = '' unless defined $args;
        $r->log_error("requirement := $requirement, $args") if $debug >= 2;

        if (lc($requirement) eq 'valid-user') {
            if ($satisfy_all) {
            else {
                return OK;

        if ($requirement eq 'user') {
            if ($args =~ m/\b$user\b/) {
                next if $satisfy_all;
                return OK;    # satisfy any

            $forbidden = 1;

        # Call a custom method
        my $ret_val = $auth_type->$requirement($r, $args);
        $r->log_error("$auth_type->$requirement returned $ret_val")
            if $debug >= 3;
        if ($ret_val == OK) {
            next if $satisfy_all;
            return OK;    # satisfy any

        # Nothing succeeded, deny access to this user.
        $forbidden = 1;

    return $forbidden ? FORBIDDEN : OK;

sub send_cookie {
    my ($self, $ses_key, $cookie_args) = @_;
    my $r = Apache->request();

    $cookie_args = {} unless defined $cookie_args;

    my $cookie_name = $self->cookie_name($r);

    my $cookie = $self->cookie_string(
        request => $r,
        key     => $cookie_name,
        value   => $ses_key,

    # add P3P header if user has configured it.

    $r->err_headers_out->add("Set-Cookie" => $cookie);

sub send_p3p {
    my ($self, $r) = @_;

    my $auth_name = $r->auth_name;

    if (my $p3p = $r->dir_config("${auth_name}P3P")) {
        $r->err_header_out(P3P => $p3p);

sub cookie_string {
    my $self = shift;

    # if passed 3 args, we have old-style call.
    if (scalar(@_) == 3) {
        carp "deprecated old style call to "
            . __PACKAGE__
            . "::cookie_string()";
        my ($r, $key, $value) = @_;
        return $self->cookie_string(request => $r, key => $key,
            value => $value);

    # otherwise assume named parameters.
    my %p = @_;
    for (qw/request key/) {
        croak "missing required parameter $_" unless defined $p{$_};

    # its okay if value is undef here.

    my $r = $p{request};

    $p{value} = '' unless defined $p{value};

    my $string = sprintf '%s=%s', @p{ 'key', 'value' };

    my $auth_name = $r->auth_name;

    if (my $expires = $p{expires} || $r->dir_config("${auth_name}Expires")) {
        $expires = Apache::AuthCookie::Util::expires($expires);
        $string .= "; expires=$expires";

    $string .= '; path=' . ($self->get_cookie_path($r) || '/');

    #$r->log_error("Attribute ${auth_name}Path not set") unless $path;

    if (my $domain = $r->dir_config("${auth_name}Domain")) {
        $string .= "; domain=$domain";

    if ($r->dir_config("${auth_name}Secure")) {
        $string .= '; secure';

    # HttpOnly is an MS extension.  See
    if ($r->dir_config("${auth_name}HttpOnly")) {
        $string .= '; HttpOnly';

    # SameSite is an anti-CSRF cookie property.  See
    if (my $samesite = $r->dir_config("${auth_name}SameSite")) {
        if ($samesite =~ /\A(strict|lax)\z/i) {
            $samesite = lc($1);
            $string .= "; SameSite=$samesite";

    return $string;

sub key {
    my $self = shift;
    my $r    = Apache->request;

    my $allcook = ($r->header_in("Cookie") || "");
    my $cookie_name = $self->cookie_name($r);
    return ($allcook =~ /(?:^|\s)$cookie_name=([^;]*)/)[0];

sub get_cookie_path {
    my $self = shift;
    my $r = shift || Apache->request;

    my $auth_name = $r->auth_name;

    return $r->dir_config("${auth_name}Path");

sub _encode {
    my ($self, $r, $value) = @_;

    my $encoding = $self->encoding($r);

    if (is_blank($encoding)) {
        return $value;
    else {
        return Encode::encode($encoding, $value);



=encoding UTF-8

=head1 NAME

Apache::AuthCookie - Perl Authentication and Authorization via cookies

=head1 VERSION

version 3.30


Make sure your mod_perl is at least 1.24, with StackedHandlers,
MethodHandlers, Authen, and Authz compiled in.

 # In httpd.conf or .htaccess:
 PerlModule Sample::Apache::AuthCookieHandler
 PerlSetVar WhatEverPath /
 PerlSetVar WhatEverLoginScript /

 # use to alter how "require" directives are matched. Can be "Any" or "All".
 # If its "Any", then you must only match Any of the "require" directives. If
 # its "All", then you must match All of the require directives. 
 # Default: All
 PerlSetVar WhatEverSatisfy Any
 # The following line is optional - it allows you to set the domain
 # scope of your cookie.  Default is the current domain.
 PerlSetVar WhatEverDomain

 # Use this to only send over a secure connection
 PerlSetVar WhatEverSecure 1

 # Use this if you want user session cookies to expire if the user
 # doesn't request a auth-required or recognize_user page for some
 # time period.  If set, a new cookie (with updated expire time)
 # is set on every request.
 PerlSetVar WhatEverSessionTimeout +30m

 # to enable the HttpOnly cookie property, use HttpOnly.
 # this is an MS extension.  See
 PerlSetVar WhatEverHttpOnly 1

 # Usually documents are uncached - turn off here
 PerlSetVar WhatEverCache 1

 # Use this to make your cookies persistent (+2 hours here)
 PerlSetVar WhatEverExpires +2h

 # Use to make AuthCookie send a P3P header with the cookie
 # see for details about what the value 
 # of this should be
 PerlSetVar WhatEverP3P "CP=\"...\""

 # optional: enforce that the destination argument from the login form is
 # local to the server
 PerlSetVar WhatEverEnforceLocalDestination 1

 # optional: specify a default destination for when the destination argument
 # of the login form is invalid or unspecified
 PerlSetVar WhatEverDefaultDestination /protected/user/

 # These documents require user to be logged in.
 <Location /protected>
  AuthType Sample::Apache::AuthCookieHandler
  AuthName WhatEver
  PerlAuthenHandler Sample::Apache::AuthCookieHandler->authenticate
  PerlAuthzHandler Sample::Apache::AuthCookieHandler->authorize
  require valid-user

 # These documents don't require logging in, but allow it.
 <FilesMatch "\.ok$">
  AuthType Sample::Apache::AuthCookieHandler
  AuthName WhatEver
  PerlFixupHandler Sample::Apache::AuthCookieHandler->recognize_user

 # This is the action of the script above.
 <Files LOGIN>
  AuthType Sample::Apache::AuthCookieHandler
  AuthName WhatEver
  SetHandler perl-script
  PerlHandler Sample::Apache::AuthCookieHandler->login


B<Apache::AuthCookie> allows you to intercept a user's first
unauthenticated access to a protected document. The user will be
presented with a custom form where they can enter authentication
credentials. The credentials are posted to the server where AuthCookie
verifies them and returns a session key.

The session key is returned to the user's browser as a cookie. As a
cookie, the browser will pass the session key on every subsequent
accesses. AuthCookie will verify the session key and re-authenticate
the user.

All you have to do is write a custom module that inherits from
AuthCookie.  Your module is a class which implements two methods:

=over 4

=item C<authen_cred()>

Verify the user-supplied credentials and return a session key.  The
session key can be any string - often you'll use some string
containing username, timeout info, and any other information you need
to determine access to documents, and append a one-way hash of those
values together with some secret key.

=item C<authen_ses_key()>

Verify the session key (previously generated by C<authen_cred()>,
possibly during a previous request) and return the user ID.  This user
ID will be fed to C<$r-E<gt>connection-E<gt>user()> to set Apache's
idea of who's logged in.


By using AuthCookie versus Apache's built-in AuthBasic you can design
your own authentication system.  There are several benefits.

=over 4

=item 1.

The client doesn't *have* to pass the user credentials on every
subsequent access.  If you're using passwords, this means that the
password can be sent on the first request only, and subsequent
requests don't need to send this (potentially sensitive) information.
This is known as "ticket-based" authentication.

=item 2.

When you determine that the client should stop using the
credentials/session key, the server can tell the client to delete the
cookie.  Letting users "log out" is a notoriously impossible-to-solve
problem of AuthBasic.

=item 3.

AuthBasic dialog boxes are ugly.  You can design your own HTML login
forms when you use AuthCookie.

=item 4.

You can specify the domain of a cookie using PerlSetVar commands.  For
instance, if your AuthName is C<WhatEver>, you can put the command 

 PerlSetVar WhatEverDomain

into your server setup file and your access cookies will span all
hosts ending in C<>.

=item 5.

You can optionally specify the name of your cookie using the C<CookieName>
directive.  For instance, if your AuthName is C<WhatEver>, you can put the

 PerlSetVar WhatEverCookieName MyCustomName

into your server setup file and your cookies for this AuthCookie realm will be
named MyCustomName.  Default is AuthType_AuthName.

=item 6.

By default users must satisfy ALL of the C<require> directives.  If you
want authentication to succeed if ANY C<require> directives are met, use the
C<Satisfy> directive.  For instance, if your AuthName is C<WhatEver>, you can
put the command

 PerlSetVar WhatEverSatisfy Any

into your server startup file and authentication for this realm will succeed if
ANY of the C<require> directives are met.


This is the flow of the authentication handler, less the details of the
redirects. Two REDIRECT's are used to keep the client from displaying
the user's credentials in the Location field. They don't really change
AuthCookie's model, but they do add another round-trip request to the

 (-----------------------)     +---------------------------------+
 ( Request a protected   )     | AuthCookie sets custom error    |
 ( page, but user hasn't )---->| document and returns            |
 ( authenticated (no     )     | FORBIDDEN. Apache abandons      |      
 ( session key cookie)   )     | current request and creates sub |      
 (-----------------------)     | request for the error document. |<-+
                               | Error document is a script that |  |
                               | generates a form where the user |  |
                 return        | enters authentication           |  |
          ^------------------->| credentials (login & password). |  |
         / \      False        +---------------------------------+  |
        /   \                                   |                   |
       /     \                                  |                   |
      /       \                                 V                   |
     /         \               +---------------------------------+  |
    /   Pass    \              | User's client submits this form |  |
   /   user's    \             | to the LOGIN URL, which calls   |  |
   | credentials |<------------| AuthCookie->login().            |  |
   \     to      /             +---------------------------------+  |
    \authen_cred/                                                   |
     \ function/                                                    |
      \       /                                                     |
       \     /                                                      |
        \   /            +------------------------------------+     |
         \ /   return    | Authen cred returns a session      |  +--+
          V------------->| key which is opaque to AuthCookie.*|  |
                True     +------------------------------------+  |
                                              |                  |
               +--------------------+         |      +---------------+
               |                    |         |      | If we had a   |
               V                    |         V      | cookie, add   |
  +----------------------------+  r |         ^      | a Set-Cookie  |
  | If we didn't have a session|  e |T       / \     | header to     |
  | key cookie, add a          |  t |r      /   \    | override the  |
  | Set-Cookie header with this|  u |u     /     \   | invalid cookie|
  | session key. Client then   |  r |e    /       \  +---------------+
  | returns session key with   |  n |    /  pass   \               ^    
  | successive requests        |    |   /  session  \              |
  +----------------------------+    |  /   key to    \    return   |
               |                    +-| authen_ses_key|------------+
               V                       \             /     False
  +-----------------------------------+ \           /
  | Tell Apache to set Expires header,|  \         /
  | set user to user ID returned by   |   \       /
  | authen_ses_key, set authentication|    \     /
  | to our type (e.g. AuthCookie).    |     \   /
  +-----------------------------------+      \ /
         (---------------------)              ^
         ( Request a protected )              |
         ( page, user has a    )--------------+
         ( session key cookie  )

 *  The session key that the client gets can be anything you want.  For
    example, encrypted information about the user, a hash of the
    username and password (similar in function to Digest
    authentication), or the user name and password in plain text
    (similar in function to HTTP Basic authentication).

    The only requirement is that the authen_ses_key function that you
    create must be able to determine if this session_key is valid and
    map it back to the originally authenticated user ID.

=head1 METHODS

=head2 authen_cred($r, @credentials)

You must define this method yourself in your subclass of
C<Apache::AuthCookie>.  Its job is to create the session key that will
be preserved in the user's cookie.  The arguments passed to it are:

 sub authen_cred ($$\@) {
   my $self = shift;  # Package name (same as AuthName directive)
   my $r    = shift;  # Apache request object
   my @cred = @_;     # Credentials from login form

   ...blah blah blah, create a session key...
   return $session_key;

The only limitation on the session key is that you should be able to
look at it later and determine the user's username.  You are
responsible for implementing your own session key format.  A typical
format is to make a string that contains the username, an expiration
time, whatever else you need, and an MD5 hash of all that data
together with a secret key.  The hash will ensure that the user
doesn't tamper with the session key.  More info in the Eagle book.

=head2 authen_ses_key($r, $session_key)

You must define this method yourself in your subclass of
Apache::AuthCookie.  Its job is to look at a session key and determine
whether it is valid.  If so, it returns the username of the
authenticated user.

 sub authen_ses_key ($$$) {
   my ($self, $r, $session_key) = @_;
   ...blah blah blah, check whether $session_key is valid...
   return $ok ? $username : undef;

Optionally, return an array of 2 or more items that will be passed to method
custom_errors. It is the responsibility of this method to return the correct
response to the main Apache module.

=head2 custom_errors($r,@_)

Note: this interface is experimental.

This method handles the server response when you wish to access the Apache
custom_response method. Any suitable response can be used. this is
particularly useful when implementing 'by directory' access control using
the user authentication information. i.e.

                /one            user is allowed access here
                /two            not here
                /three          AND here

The authen_ses_key method would return a normal response when the user attempts
to access 'one' or 'three' but return (NOT_FOUND, 'File not found') if an
attempt was made to access subdirectory 'two'. Or, in the case of expired
credentials, (AUTH_REQUIRED,'Your session has timed out, you must login

  example 'custom_errors'

  sub custom_errors {
    my ($self,$r,$CODE,$msg) = @_;
    # return custom message else use the server's standard message
    $r->custom_response($CODE, $msg) if $msg;

  where CODE is a valid code from Apache::Constants

=head2 recognize_user($r)

If the user has provided a valid session key but the document isn't
protected, this method will set C<$r-E<gt>connection-E<gt>user>
anyway.  Use it as a PerlFixupHandler, unless you have a better idea.

=head2 encoding($r): string

Return the ${auth_name}Encoding setting that is in effect for this request.

=head2 requires_encoding($r): string

Return the ${auth_name}RequiresEncoding setting that is in effect for this request.

=head2 decoded_user($r): string

If you have set ${auth_name}Encoding, then this will return the decoded value of
C<< $r->connection->user >>.

=head2 decoded_requires($r): arrayref

This method returns the C<< $r->requires >> array, with the C<requirement>
values decoded if C<${auth_name}RequiresEncoding> is in effect for this

=head2 handle_cache(): void

If C<${auth_name}Cache> is defined, this sets up the response so that the
client will not cache the result.  This sents C<no_cache> in the apache request
object and sends the appropriate headers so that the client will not cache the

=head2 remove_cookie(): void

Adds a C<Set-Cookie> header that instructs the client to delete the cookie

=head2 params($r): Apache::AuthCookie::Params

Get the params object for this request.

=head2 login($r)

This method handles the submission of the login form.  It will call
the C<authen_cred()> method, passing it C<$r> and all the submitted
data with names like C<"credential_#">, where # is a number.  These will
be passed in a simple array, so the prototype is
C<$self-E<gt>authen_cred($r, @credentials)>.  After calling
C<authen_cred()>, we set the user's cookie and redirect to the
URL contained in the C<"destination"> submitted form field.

=head2 untaint_destination($uri)

This method returns a modified version of the destination parameter
before embedding it into the response header. Per default it escapes
CR, LF and TAB characters of the uri to avoid certain types of
security attacks. You can override it to more limit the allowed
destinations, e.g., only allow relative uris, only special hosts or
only limited set of characters.

=head2 logout($r)

This is simply a convenience method that unsets the session key for
you.  You can call it in your logout scripts.  Usually this looks like

=head2 authenticate($r)

This method is one you'll use in a server config file (httpd.conf,
.htaccess, ...) as a PerlAuthenHandler.  If the user provided a
session key in a cookie, the C<authen_ses_key()> method will get
called to check whether the key is valid.  If not, or if there is no
key provided, we redirect to the login form.

=head2 login_form()

This method is responsible for displaying the login form. The default
implementation will make an internal redirect and display the URL you
specified with the C<PerlSetVar WhatEverLoginScript> configuration
directive. You can overwrite this method to provide your own

=head2 login_form_status($r)

This method returns the HTTP status code that will be returned with the login
form response.  The default behaviour is to return FORBIDDEN, except for some
known browsers which ignore HTML content for FORBIDDEN responses (e.g.:
SymbianOS).  You can override this method to return custom codes.

Note that FORBIDDEN is the most correct code to return as the given request was
not authorized to view the requested page.  You should only change this if
FORBIDDEN does not work.

=head2 get_satisfy(): string

Get the C<Satisfy> value for the current request, or C<all> if it is not

=head2 authorize($r)

This will step through the C<require> directives you've given for
protected documents and make sure the user passes muster.  The
C<require valid-user> and C<require user joey-jojo> directives are
handled for you.  You can implement custom directives, such as
C<require species hamster>, by defining a method called C<species()>
in your subclass, which will then be called.  The method will be
called as C<$r-E<gt>species($r, $args)>, where C<$args> is everything
on your C<require> line after the word C<species>.  The method should
return OK on success and FORBIDDEN on failure.

=head2 send_cookie($session_key)

By default this method simply sends out the session key you give it.
If you need to change the default behavior (perhaps to update a
timestamp in the key) you can override this method.

=head2 send_p3p(): void

Set a P3P response header if C<${auth_name}P3P> is configured.  The value of
the header is whatever is in the C<${auth_name}P3P> setting.

=head2 cookie_string(%args): string

Generate a cookie string. C<%args> are:

=over 4

=item *


The Apache request object

=item *


The Cookie name

=item *


the Cookie value

=item *

expires (optional)

When the cookie expires. See L<Apache::AuthCookie::Util/expires()>.  Uses C<${auth_name}Expires> if not given.


All other cookie settings come from C<PerlSetVar> settings.

=head2 key()

This method will return the current session key, if any.  This can be
handy inside a method that implements a C<require> directive check
(like the C<species> method discussed above) if you put any extra
information like clearances or whatever into the session key.

=head2 get_cookie_path(): string

Returns the value of C<PerlSetVar ${auth_name}Path>.

=head1 EXAMPLE

For an example of how to use Apache::AuthCookie, you may want to check
out the test suite, which runs AuthCookie through a few of its paces.
The documents are located in t/eg/, and you may want to peruse
t/real.t to see the generated httpd.conf file (at the bottom of
real.t) and check out what requests it's making of the server (at the
top of real.t).


You will need to create a login script (called above) that
generates an HTML form for the user to fill out.  You might generate
the page using an Apache::Registry script, or an HTML::Mason
component, or perhaps even using a static HTML page.  It's usually
useful to generate it dynamically so that you can define the
'destination' field correctly (see below).

The following fields must be present in the form:

=over 4

=item 1.

The ACTION of the form must be /LOGIN (or whatever you defined in your
server configuration as handled by the ->login() method - see example
in the SYNOPSIS section).

=item 2.

The various user input fields (username, passwords, etc.) must be
named 'credential_0', 'credential_1', etc. on the form.  These will
get passed to your authen_cred() method.

=item 3.

You must define a form field called 'destination' that tells
AuthCookie where to redirect the request after successfully logging
in.  Typically this value is obtained from C<$r-E<gt>prev-E<gt>uri>.
See the script in t/eg/.


In addition, you might want your login page to be able to tell why
the user is being asked to log in.  In other words, if the user sent
bad credentials, then it might be useful to display an error message
saying that the given username or password are invalid.  Also, it
might be useful to determine the difference between a user that sent
an invalid auth cookie, and a user that sent no auth cookie at all.  To
cope with these situations, B<AuthCookie> will set
C<$r-E<gt>subprocess_env('AuthCookieReason')> to one of the following values.

=over 4

=item I<no_cookie>

The user presented no cookie at all.  Typically this means the user is
trying to log in for the first time.

=item I<bad_cookie>

The cookie the user presented is invalid.  Typically this means that the user
is not allowed access to the given page.

=item I<bad_credentials>

The user tried to log in, but the credentials that were passed are invalid.


You can examine this value in your login form by examining
C<$r-E<gt>prev-E<gt>subprocess_env('AuthCookieReason')> (because it's
a sub-request).

Of course, if you want to give more specific information about why
access failed when a cookie is present, your C<authen_ses_key()>
method can set arbitrary entries in C<$r-E<gt>subprocess_env>.


If you want to let users log themselves out (something that can't be
done using Basic Auth), you need to create a logout script.  For an
example, see t/htdocs/docs/  Logout scripts may want to take
advantage of AuthCookie's C<logout()> method, which will set the
proper cookie headers in order to clear the user's cookie.  This
usually looks like C<$r-E<gt>auth_type-E<gt>logout($r);>.

Note that if you don't necessarily trust your users, you can't count
on cookie deletion for logging out.  You'll have to expire some
server-side login information too.  AuthCookie doesn't do this for
you, you have to handle it yourself.


=head2 Encoding

AuthCookie provides support for decoding POST/GET data if you tell it what the
client encoding is.  You do this by setting the C<< ${auth_name}Encoding >>
setting in C<httpd.conf>.  E.g.:

 PerlSetVar WhateEverEncoding UTF-8
 # and you also need to arrange for charset=UTF-8 at the end of the
 # Content-Type header with something like:
 AddDefaultCharset UTF-8

Note that you B<can> use charsets other than C<UTF-8>, however, you need to
arrange for the browser to send the right encoding back to the server.

If you have turned on Encoding support by setting C<< ${auth_name}Encoding >>,
this has the following effects:

=over 4

=item *

The internal pure-perl params processing subclass will be used, even if
libapreq is installed.  libapreq does not handle encoding.

=item *

POST/GET data intercepted by AuthCookie will be decoded to perl's internal
format using L<Encode/decode>.

=item *

The value stored in C<< $r-E<gt>connection-E<gt>user >> will be encoded as
B<bytes>, not characters using the configured encoding name.  This is because
the value stored by mod_perl is a C API string, and not a perl string.  You can
use L</decoded_user()> to get user string encoded using B<character> semantics.


This does has some caveats:

=over 4

=item *

your L</authen_cred()> and L</authen_ses_key()> function is expected to return
a decoded username, either by passing it through L<Encode/decode()>, or, by
turning on the UTF8 flag if appropriate.

=item *

Due to the way HTTP works, cookies cannot contain non-ASCII characters.
Because of this, if you are including the username in your generated session
key, you will need to escape any non-ascii characters in the session key
returned by L</authen_cred()>.

=item *

Similarly, you must reverse this escaping process in L</authen_ses_key()> and
return a L<Encode/decode()> decoded username.  If your L</authen_cred()>
function already only generates ASCII-only session keys then you do not need to
worry about any of this.

=item *

The value stored in C<< $r-E<gt>connection-E<gt>user >> will be encoded using
bytes semantics using the configured B<Encoding>.  If you want the decoded user
value, use L</decoded_user()> instead.


=head2 Requires

You can also specify what the charset is of the Apache C<< $r-E<gt>requires >>
data is by setting C<< ${auth_name}RequiresEncoding >> in httpd.conf.


 PerlSetVar WhatEverRequiresEncoding UTF-8

This will make it so that AuthCookie will decode your C<requires> directives
using the configured character set.  You really only need to do this if you
have used non-ascii characters in any of your C<requires> directives in
httpd.conf.  e.g.:

 requires user programmør


Unlike the sample AuthCookieHandler, you have you verify the user's
login and password in C<authen_cred()>, then you do something

    my $date = localtime;
    my $ses_key = MD5->hexhash(join(';', $date, $PID, $PAC));

save C<$ses_key> along with the user's login, and return C<$ses_key>.

Now C<authen_ses_key()> looks up the C<$ses_key> passed to it and
returns the saved login.  I use Oracle to store the session key and
retrieve it later, see the ToDo section below for some other ideas.

=head2 TO DO

=over 4

=item *

It might be nice if the logout method could accept some parameters
that could make it easy to redirect the user to another URI, or
whatever.  I'd have to think about the options needed before I
implement anything, though.


=head1 HISTORY

Originally written by Eric Bartley <>

versions 2.x were written by Ken Williams <>

=head1 SEE ALSO

L<perl(1)>, L<mod_perl(1)>, L<Apache(1)>.

=head1 SOURCE

The development version is on github at L<https://>
and may be cloned from L<git://>

=head1 BUGS

Please report any bugs or feature requests on the bugtracker website

When submitting a bug or request, please include a test-file or a
patch to an existing test-file that illustrates the bug or desired

=head1 AUTHOR

Michael Schout <>


This software is copyright (c) 2000 by Ken Williams.

This is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under
the same terms as the Perl 5 programming language system itself.



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