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MAC Client Basic Authentication + error 401

Hi together,

we have an ocs inventory server running on debian in version 2.6. Configured with https and basic authentification.

Everything is working fine with Windows Agents but I have troubles to get the MAC OS X clients to work. On client side, i get:

Cannot establish communication : 401 Unauthorized

So on sever side i seen that the client reach the right /ocsinventory path but with a total strange user:

 IPADDRESS- - [07/May/2020:13:50:34 +0200] "POST /ocsinventory HTTP/1.1" 401 5184 "-" "OCS-NG_unified_unix_agent_v2.6.1"
IPADDRESS- \xb2\xd6\xab}\xa7\x1e [07/May/2020:13:50:34 +0200] "POST /ocsinventory HTTP/1.1" 401 714 "-" "OCS-NG_unified_unix_agent_v2.6.1"

I have specified the realm, user and the password in the ocsinventory-agent.cfg in mac os with the following syntax:


realm="OCS Inventory agent area" (like in the server config file on ocs server)

user=USERNAME (plain text)

password=PASSWORD (plain text)


According to the access.log above the user name in plain text isn't recognize wright from an interpreter. Or do need to put it in a special format.



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try adding username and password to the https string of server line.

eg. server=https://username:password@FQDN:443/ocsinventory

Please keep in mind, that username and password will also be stored in the lib/ocsinventory-agent directory.


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Hi Frank,

thanks for help. Works like a charm!


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Hello Robbat, this is a laaaaaaaate answer but commit in v2.6.1 changed the way username and password works : they need to be filled with the base64 encoded data (echo -n "user" | base64 and echo -n "password" | base64)

cf https://github.com/OCSInventory-NG/UnixAgent/commit/2ee973db450d9b81f9c0fda519ba896487cb174e

This is not documented (yet?), we can only find an unexplicit mention in https://wiki.ocsinventory-ng.org/07.OCS-Tools/OCS-MacOSX-Packager/ and https://wiki.ocsinventory-ng.org/03.Basic-documentation/Setting-up-the-MacOSX-agent-on-client-computers/#installing-ocs-macosx-agent-2x.


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