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I have set up Apache to check user passwords using these modules:

LoadModule authz_user_module modules/mod_authz_user.so
LoadModule authn_file_module modules/mod_authn_file.so
LoadModule auth_basic_module modules/mod_auth_basic.so

However, these modules require me to manually add everyone to a new password file (which requires every user to type in their password).

Is there a way to have Apache check the system passwords, so that anyone who can ssh can use the same password for web login?

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mod-auth-external plus pwauth.

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We used mod_auth_pam in the past, but that's kind of old now and it looks like they recommend mod_auth_external now. The latter looks like its been updated in the recent past. Here's their HOWTOs: http://code.google.com/p/mod-auth-external/w/list

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