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Node Cookbook Second Edition by David Mark Clements

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Implementing Basic Authentication

The Basic Authentication standard has been in place since the 1990s and can be the simplest way to provide a user login. When used over HTTP, it is in no way secure since a plain text password is sent over the connection from the browser to the server.

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For information on Basic Authentication, visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basic_authentication.

However, when coupled with SSL (HTTPS), Basic Authentication can be a useful method if we're not concerned about a custom-styled login form.

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We will discuss SSL/TLS (HTTPS) in the Setting up an HTTPS web server recipe of this chapter. For additional information, visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SSL/TLS.

In this recipe, we'll learn how to initiate and process a ...

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