I've installed Apache 2.2 on my Debian-based distr (kernel 3.2.0-27) and apache2.2-common package with default configs.

Trying to run simple script info.php I got the error found in /var/log/apache2/error.log:

[Wed Jul 16 09:17:08 2014] [crit] [client] configuration error:  couldn't perform authentication. AuthType not set!: /info.php

I've searched for hours in the internet, but haven't found solution.

Script info.php:


Config files:


Include httpd.conf
Include ports.conf
Include conf.d/
Include sites-enabled/

/etc/apache2/httpd.conf is clear.


NameVirtualHost *:80
Listen 80


ServerSignature On
TraceEnable Off

/etc/apache2/sites-enabled/@000-default (link to /etc/apache2/sites-available/default):

<VirtualHost *:80>
        ServerAdmin webmaster@localhost

        DocumentRoot /var/www
        <Directory />
                Options FollowSymLinks
                AllowOverride None
        <Directory /var/www/>
                Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews
                AllowOverride None
                Order allow,deny
                allow from all

        ScriptAlias /cgi-bin/ /usr/lib/cgi-bin/
        <Directory "/usr/lib/cgi-bin">
                AllowOverride None
                Options +ExecCGI -MultiViews +SymLinksIfOwnerMatch
                Order allow,deny
                Allow from all

        ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/error.log

        # Possible values include: debug, info, notice, warn, error, crit,
        # alert, emerg.
        LogLevel warn

        CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/access.log combined

List of loaded modules (got by apache2ctl -M):

apache2: Could not reliably determine the server's fully qualified domain name, using for ServerName
Loaded Modules:
 core_module (static)
 authn_file_module (static)
 authn_default_module (static)
 authz_default_module (static)
 log_config_module (static)
 logio_module (static)
 mpm_prefork_module (static)
 http_module (static)
 so_module (static)
 alias_module (shared)
 authz_groupfile_module (shared)
 authz_host_module (shared)
 authz_user_module (shared)
 autoindex_module (shared)
 cgi_module (shared)
 deflate_module (shared)
 dir_module (shared)
 env_module (shared)
 mime_module (shared)
 negotiation_module (shared)
 reqtimeout_module (shared)
 setenvif_module (shared)
 status_module (shared)
Syntax OK

What changes should I make to make server work?

  • The most common problem that seems to cause this error is the directive Require all granted which is only valid in 2.4. I don't see it in the config you have pasted but it could exist in another file. Could you run grep -r Require /etc/apache2/? – Ladadadada Jul 16 '14 at 6:36
  • I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because the poster has clarified that they are using a custom build of apache which renders all solutions moot. Since it can't be replicated or be of any use to others, I see no reason to keep it around. – Jenny D Jul 15 '17 at 11:33

Sorry, guys, I've found out that I work not with original Apache but with its custom build in which work without authorization is disabled. Thanks for your comments.


I had the same problem, the fix of the configuration file was in my case:


adding a # to the "Require all granted" line and restarting the web server using service apache2 restart.

That solved the issue for me.

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