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Apache: The Definitive Guide, Second Edition by Peter Laurie, Ben Laurie

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5.4. Passwords Under Win32

Since Win32 lacks an encryption function, passwords are stored in plaintext. This is not very secure, but one hopes it will change for the better. The passwords would be stored in the file named by the AuthUserFile directive, and Bill's entry would be:

bill:theft

except that in real life you would use a better password.

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