Apache authentication against Dovecot authentication daemon
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Dovecot authentication module for apache

as dovecot can have many different authentication backends and exposes itself as authentication source trough dovecot-auth client socket (which example configuration can be found bellow). This module enables you to authenticate users against it using basic authentication. To compile you can use provided Makefile, or if you have problems with detected paths autoconf configure script should help you.

Always enable authentication over SSL as basic authentication by design is cleartext (base64 encoded only)

example dovecot configuration

  socket listen {
    #master {
      # Master socket provides access to userdb information. It's typically
      # used to give Dovecot's local delivery agent access to userdb so it
      # can find mailbox locations.
      #path = /var/run/dovecot/auth-master
      #mode = 0600
      # Default user/group is the one who started dovecot-auth (root)
      #user =
      #group =
    client {
      # The client socket is generally safe to export to everyone. Typical
      # use
      # is to export it to your SMTP server so it can do SMTP AUTH lookups
      # using it.
      path = /var/run/dovecot/auth-client
      mode = 0666

Example configuration of apache2 server can be found in "example.conf" file in same directory. Currently there is possibility to chain it with other authentication mechanisms but that will / should be discussed anyway.

example apache2 configuration

<Directory "/srv/www/htdocs">
        AuthType Basic
        AuthName "My dovecot authenticated place"
        AuthBasicProvider dovecot
        AuthDovecotAuthSocket /var/run/dovecot/auth-client
        AuthDovecotTimeout 5
        AuthDovecotAuthoritative On
        Require valid-user
        Options Indexes FollowSymLinks
        AllowOverride AuthConfig
        Order allow,deny
        Allow from all