[vlc-devel] Re: Client authentication (user name,password) dialog support?

Derk-Jan Hartman hartman at videolan.org
Sat Sep 25 22:19:26 CEST 2004

On 24 sep 2004, at 22:32, Ross Finlayson wrote:
> Are there any plans to add a client authentication dialog - asking for 
> a user name and password - whenever a VLC user tries to play an 
> access-controlled stream (either HTTP or RTSP)?

Not as of yet.

> Note that the LIVE.COM library already supports RTSP access control, 
> using digest authentication.  It just needs a way for the GUI to give 
> it a user name and password.  (It is already possible to play 
> access-controlled RTSP streams by using an URL of the form 
> "rtsp://<username>:<password>@host/file", but this causes the password 
> to get sent over the net in the clear.)

Well i was already thinking of implementing some basic user<->program 
communication routines. I guess this could be added to the list, and it 
wouldn't be so difficult either. If this is a desired feature, it could 
move up the todo list a bit.

What would the idea be? first try anonymous and if authentication error 
occurs, then signal back to the application and the application should 
bring up a dialog? Personally I like that best. However i can imagine 
if you use such a thing daily, it might not be the best option....
Stil it's something most ppl probably will never use, and i would hate 
to clutter the current "Open media dialog" even more.


Universiteit Twente
Derk-Jan Hartman (d.hartman at student.utwente dot nl)

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