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URLs for files which require authentication

Question asked by swithun on Oct 18, 2010
I would like to be able to generate URLs for downloading files. These files should not be viewable by guests, so some form of authentication is needed. I can generate a ticket, and append the ticket to the URL, and this works as long as the ticket hasn't expired. But I'm not sure what can be done to generate permanently usable URLs.

I was thinking of using a third party proxy, which would have the authentication details needed to access the files and get a valid ticket behind the scenes. But the problem with that is that the users' names and passwords need to be duplicated.

Then I was thinking that maybe it would be possible for the third party proxy to pull out user details from the database. But that would depend on Alfresco storing passwords in plain text, which it might not do.

Has anyone got any advice on this?