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Old 10-28-2009, 11:16 AM   #1
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Authentication issues

I set up a VLAMP that hosts a database that is accessed via a web interface.

Authentication is set up so that the apache group can get access via a krb5 keytab...and the httpd.conf is set up to the users domain, with "use kerberos keytab = true" in samba also.

Domain users have access to the web interface due to the above setup, and when they fire up a web browser, it lets them in fine without them having to provide credentials...however, they will be using the application fine, when suddenly, it kicks them off and they are asked to provide credentials to get back in...however, they supply their domain credentials (which automatically gained them access when they fired up the web browser for the application initially) and it won't accept them...

Could anyone think of a reason why this may be?

I did post a while ago, and someone suggested it was due to LDAP...however, I switched LDAP off (Current authentication is now kerberos and the server was joined to the domain via configuring the smb.conf, then "net ads" etc.) and the issue still occurs.

Another suggestion was that the application calls upon templates that are on other servers and that perhaps there is some kind of cross-authentication issue...however, after monitoring the issue for a while, it seems more like it is happening randomly when actually trying to access the local database for the web application - as in, it initially lets you in...but a bit later, when you try to call up something from the database it throws up the request for authentication..

..the issue is really random though - someone can use it for 5 minutes no problem...others can use it for 30 seconds, then they get the issue...

any ideas??

I don't think it's a time thing, as the server is set up to synch with a time server that the users are also in synch with...

It's really frustrating as I don't know what else to try!


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