www-authenticate

Provides the functionality needed for a client to use HTTP Basic or Digest authentication. Also provides primitives for parsing WWW-Authenticate and Authentication_Info headers.

www-authenticate

Provides the functionality needed for a client to use HTTP Basic or Digest authentication. Also provides primitives for parsing WWW-Authenticate and Authentication_Info headers.

Parses the content of a WWW-Authenticate header sent by a server. Interpret the authentication challenge posed. Then generate the credentials for Authorization headers for subsequent requests from the server.

  • Supports Basic and Digest authentication schemes.
  • Supports 'auth' quality of protection (qop) and challenges that do not include qop.
  • Supports MD5 and MD5-sess algorithms.
  • Assumes Node.js, but otherwise makes no assumtion about framework.
  • Basic authetication scheme is untested.
  • Included tests only test Digest scheme against the rfc2617 example.
  • Most of the permutations of qop and algorithm have not been tested.
  • Little real-world testing. That's where you can help! Report any failures or submit a patch that resolves an authentication failure.
  • Will not parse WWW-Authenticate headers that contain more than one challenge. Please send an example of one if you find one in the field or modify the parser to parse it.
  • Does not support auth-int qop, but will use auth qop if server allows either. Support could surely be added in the future.
  • Response to challenges without qop have not been tested.

Install the module with: npm install www-authenticate See examples below.

var www_authenticate = require('www-authenticate');
var on_www_authenticate= www_authenticate(username,password);
 
// now wait for HTTP/1.1 401 Unauthorized and then parse the WWW_Authenticate header 
var authenticator= on_www_authenticate(req.header.www_authenticate);
if (authenticator.err) throw err; // or do something similarly drastic 
 
//... now, whenever you make a request, add an Authorization header: 
response.setHeader('authorize', authenticator.authorize('GET',url));

var parsers = require('www-authenticate').parsers;
var parsed= new parsers.WWW_Authenticate(request.headers['www-authenticate']);
console.log(parsed.scheme);
console.log(parsed.parms.nonce);
 
var parsed= new parsers.Authentication_Info(request.headers['authentication-info']);
console.log(parsed.parms.nonce);

In lieu of a formal styleguide, take care to maintain the existing coding style. Add unit tests for any new or changed functionality. Lint and test your code using Grunt.

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Copyright (c) 2013 Randy McLaughlin Licensed under the MIT license.