[vlc-devel] vlc and RTSP authentication

Jean-Paul Saman jean-paul.saman at planet.nl
Sat Mar 8 11:32:55 CET 2008

Ross Finlayson wrote:
>> Le Friday 07 March 2008 05:50:09 Jean-Paul Saman, vous avez écrit :
>>>  Ratin wrote:
>>>  > Anybody here know if vlc support digest authentication for RTSP? I set
>>>  > username and password in demuxer->rtsp options but that
>>>  > doesnt seem to send any authentication information to the rtsp server
>>>  > when authorization is required.
>>>  >
>>>  > Thanks
>>>  > Ratin
>>>  vlc rtsp://user:pass@server.mine/my/movie
>> Are you sure this is using Digest authentication, not plain-text, though? I
>> thought VLC did not support Digest - though I don't know about Live555.
> Gtz
> The LIVE555 RTSP client implementation (used in 
> VLC) handles this type of RTSP URL by parsing the 
> username and password from the URL, and using 
> this for Digest authentication, *if* the server 
> requests Digest authentication in its response to 
> the first "DESCRIBE".  Note that if the server 
> askes for *Basic* authentication, then the 
> LIVE555 RTSP client code will do that instead. 
> (In any case, though, the username and password 
> are left in the URL that gets sent to the server.)
> It is also possible to do Digest authentication 
> without sending the username and password over 
> the network.  If the server requests Digest 
> authentication (in its response to the first 
> "DESCRIBE"), the the VLC interface code 
> ("live555.cpp") is supposed to then pop up a 
> dialog box asking for the user to enter a 
> username and password.  These are then used in 
> Digest authentication.
> At least, this is what VLC is *supposed* to do in 
> this case; I haven't tested it myself :-)

VLC will use the password embedded in the URL. If it isn't available and 
the server returns a 401, then a password dialog pops up to ask for the 
user/passwd. This will also happen when the user/pass embedded in the 
url is wrong.

Jean-Paul Saman.

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