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       basic_sasl_auth  -  Basic  Authentication  using SASL (specifically the
       cyrus-sasl authentication method)

       Version 1.0




       basic_sasl_auth is an  installed  binary  helper  for  Squid.  SASL  is
       configurable  (somewhat like PAM).  Each service authenticating against
       SASL identifies itself with an application name.  Each application  can
       be configured independently by the SASL administrator.


       To    configure    the    authentication    method    used   the   file
       basic_sasl_auth.conf can be placed in the appropriate location, usually

       The authentication database is defined by the pwcheck_method parameter.
       Only the PLAIN authentication mechanism is used.

       Examples: pwcheck_method:sasldb use sasldb - the  default  if  no  conf
       file is installed.  pwcheck_method:pam
        - use PAM authentication database pwcheck_method:passwd
        - use traditional /etc/passwd pwcheck_method:shadow
        - use slightly less traditional /etc/shadow

       Others  methods  may  be  supported by your cyrus-sasl implementation -
       consult your cyrus-sasl documentation for information.

       Typically the authentication database ( /etc/sasldb , /etc/shadow , PAM
       )  can  not  be accessed by a normal user. You should use setuid/setgid
       and  an  appropriate  user/group  on  the  executable  to   allow   the
       authenticator  to  access  the  appropriate  password  database. If the
       access to the database is not permitted  then  the  authenticator  will
       typically fail with "-1, generic error".

              chown root.mail basic_sasl_auth
              chmod ug+s basic_sasl_auth

       If  the  application name basic_sasl_auth will also be used for the PAM
       service  name  if  pwcheck_method:pam  is  chosen.  And   example   PAM
       configuration file basic_sasl_auth.pam is also included.


       This program was written by Ian Castle <>

       This  manual was written by Ian Castle <>
       Amos Jeffries <>


        *  Copyright  (C)  1996-2015  The  Squid   Software   Foundation   and
        * Squid software is distributed under GPLv2+ license and includes
        * contributions from numerous individuals and organizations.
        * Please see the COPYING and CONTRIBUTORS files for details.

       This program and documentation is copyright to the authors named above.

       Distributed under the GNU General Public License (GNU GPL) version 2 or
       later (GPLv2+).


       Questions on the usage of this program can be sent to the  Squid  Users
       mailing list <>


       Bug  reports  need  to  be  made  in  English.   See http://wiki.squid- for details of what you need to include
       with your bug report.

       Report bugs or bug fixes using

       Report serious security bugs to Squid Bugs <>

       Report  ideas for new improvements to the Squid Developers mailing list


       squid(8), SASL(3), PAM(7), passwd(1),  shadow(5),  chown(1),  chmod(1),
       The Squid FAQ wiki
       The Squid Configuration Manual