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The Apache Modules Book: Application Development with Apache by Nick Kew

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Chapter 7. AAA: Access, Authentication, and Authorization

In terms of the main flow of this book, the Apache access, authentication, and authorization (AAA) framework falls broadly within the scope of metadata modules (Chapter 6). However, it has historically been an extremely popular area for module developers. Furthermore, it has changed significantly in Apache 2.1/2.2 compared to earlier versions. Given that this is the most substantial change since the original framework inherited from the NCSA HTTPD in 1995, it is of sufficient interest to merit its own chapter.

7.1. Security

Before we dig into the details of the security phase in Apache’s request processing, we should perhaps take a broader look at the issue of security. Since a comprehensive ...

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