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Password protected directory loosing the protection

Discussion in 'Security' started by kenrbnsn, Aug 20, 2013.

  1. kenrbnsn

    kenrbnsn Active Member

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    I password protected a site by putting a password on the public_html directory. Now three weeks later, the client sent me an email saying it was open. I checked and there was no longer a check mark indicating the directory was password protected. I didn't unprotect it.

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    Hello :)

    The "Password Protect Directories" feature in cPanel utilizes the .htaccess file within the account. You should see an entry such as the following in the "/home/user/public_html/.htaccess" file:

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    AuthType Basic
    AuthName "test"
    AuthUserFile "/home/user/.htpasswds/public_html/passwd"
    require valid-user
    If the entry is missing, it typically indicates the user installed a script that overwrote the .htaccess file, or the file was manually modified.

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    If the user updated or removed his .htaccess for example, this might remove the protection.
     
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    kenrbnsn Active Member

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    That solves it. I use Drupal and updated it which overwrote the .htaccess file. I have to remember that... :(
     
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