Basic authentication

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Basic Authentication

If a client wants to authenticate itself with the server during an API call can now do so by using a standard HTTP Basic Auth request header with the necessary credentials. This eliminates the need for supplying a username and password combination in the query string, which is a far less secure method.

Usage

In case of a "Basic" authentication, communication must take place over an HTTPS (TLS) connection. The username and password are passed over the network as strings separated by a semicolon (":"), then converted into a base64 string.

Example authentication data:
MyUser:MY_Str0ng_P455w0Rd

Example HTTP header:
Authorization: Basic TXlVc2VyOk1ZX1N0cjBuZ19QNDU1dzBSZA==

Server response

If the Authorization header is present, username and password will be fetched form the header. In this case, any authentication data passed in the query string will be ignored.

  • If the authentication data could not be decoded from the header, or the authentication type is not Basic the response will be HTTP 401 Unathorized.
  • If the username/password combination is invalid, the response will be HTTP 400 Bad Request.
  • If the Authorization header is not present, credentials will be retrieved from the query string, and if incorrect, the response will be a JSON output describing the authentication error.

Allowed authentication data

At the moment, only endpoints authenticated with username and password can be used with HTTP Basic Auth. Every other authentication parameters (e.g. POSKey) should be sent in the query string when executing GET requests.