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Ubuntu Unleashed 2013 Edition: Covering 12.10 and 13.04, Eighth Edition by Matthew Helmke

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File System Authentication and Access Control

You’re likely to include material on your website that isn’t supposed to be available to the public. You must be able to lock out this material from public access and provide designated users with the means to unlock the material. Apache provides two methods for accomplishing this type of access: authentication and authorization. You can use different criteria to control access to sections of your website, including checking the client’s IP address or hostname, or requiring a username and password. This section briefly covers some of these methods.

Caution

Allowing individual users to put web content on your server poses several important security risks. If you’re operating a web server on the Internet ...

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