Dylan Djos Martin
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NAME

Authen::Simple::IMAP - Simple IMAP and IMAPS authentication

SYNOPSIS

    use Authen::Simple::IMAP;

    my $imap = Authen::Simple::IMAP->new(
        host => 'imap.example.com',
        protocol => 'IMAPS',
    );

    if ( $imap->authenticate( $username, $password ) ) {
           # successful authentication
    }

     # or as a mod_perl Authen handler

     PerlModule Authen::Simple::Apache
     PerlModule Authen::Simple::IMAP

    PerlSetVar AuthenSimplePAM_host     "imap.example.com"
    PerlSetVar AuthenSimplePAM_protocol "IMAPS"

     <Location /protected>
         PerlAuthenHandler Authen::Simple::IMAP
         AuthType          Basic
         AuthName          "Protected Area"
         Require           valid-user
    </Location>

DESCRIPTION

Authenticate against IMAP or IMAPS services.

Requires Net::IMAP::Simple for IMAP and Net::IMAP::Simple::SSL for IMAPS. These modules are loaded when the object is created, not at compile time.

METHODS

  • new

    This method takes a hash of parameters. The following options are valid:

    • host

      The hostname of the IMAP server

    • protocol

      Either 'IMAP' or 'IMAPS'. Any other value causes an exception. Selecting 'IMAPS' will cause an exception if Net::IMAP::Simple::SSL is not installed.

    • log

      Any object that supports "debug", "info", "error" and "warn".

              log => Log::Log4perl->get_logger('Authen::Simple::PAM')
    • escape_slash

      In some environments, a password containing a slash will fail unless the slash is escaped. Set escape_slash to true to escape slashes in passwords, or false to leave them unescaped. This is true by default.

    • imap

      Any object that supports "login" and "errstr" methods. The obvious choice being a Net::IMAP::Simple object, but if you want to use something else, here's how you can do it. This is how I use a mock imap object for the unit tests.

  • authenticate( $username, $password )

    Returns true on success and false on failure.

DEPENDENCIES

Net::IMAP::Simple is required, and Net::IMAP::Simple::SSL is required for IMAPS. Net::IMAP::Simple::Plus adds some patches to the otherwise abandoned and broken Net::IMAP::Simple, so I recommend it.

BUGS AND LIMITATIONS

  • I've never tried this in mod_perl, so including the mod_perl example in the synopsis is pure hubris on my part.

  • The unit tests are pretty sparse. They don't include any tests against real IMAP servers. They just do a successful and failed password against a mock imap server object.

  • This module uses Net::IMAP::Simple, which is broken and abandoned. I should either use something else or implement the IMAP stuff myself. I wound up wrapping the Net::IMAP::Simple stuff in an alarm+eval block to get it to behave.

SEE ALSO

Authen::Simple
Authen::Simple::Adapter
Net::IMAP::Simple
Net::IMAP::Simple::SSL

CREDITS

  • I pretty much ripped the best parts of this doc out of Christian Hansen's Authen::Simple::PAM and replaced "pam" with "imap" in a few places. The lousy parts are my own.

AUTHOR

Dylan Martin <dmartin@sccd.ctc.edu>

LICENCE AND COPYRIGHT

Copyright (c) 2009, Dylan Martin <dmartin@sccd.ctc.edu> and Seattle Central Community College.

This module is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself. See perlartistic.

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