HTTP Digest Authentication with PHP

The code for using HTTP Digest Authentication with PHP.

realm = 'Restricted area';

if (empty(_SERVER['PHP_AUTH_DIGEST'])) {
    header('HTTP/1.1 401 Unauthorized');
    header('WWW-Authenticate: Digest realm="'.realm.'",qop="auth",nonce="'.uniqid().'",opaque="'.md5(realm).'"');
    die('Text to send if user hits Cancel button');

if (!empty(_SERVER['PHP_AUTH_DIGEST'])) {data = parseHttpDigest(_SERVER['PHP_AUTH_DIGEST']);
	if(!data) die('Wrong Credentials!');

	// generate the valid response
	password = 'mypass';//sql->getOne("SELECT password FROM User WHERE username=".data['username']);A1 = md5(data['username'] . ':' .realm . ':' . password);A2 = md5(_SERVER['REQUEST_METHOD'].':'.data['uri']);
	valid_response = md5(A1.':'.data['nonce'].':'.data['nc'].':'.data['cnonce'].':'.data['qop'].':'.A2);

	if (data['response'] != valid_response) die('Wrong Credentials!');

	// ok, valid username & password
	print 'Doors open, beds made - welcome home';

//Function to parse the http auth header
function parseHttpDigest(digest) {
	//username="admin", realm="Restricted area", nonce="467f579606f46", uri="/Projects/Nexty/Tests/auth.php", algorithm="MD5", qop="auth", cnonce="zaR5Of4nOsWwx9nA", nc=00000001, response="27212bf93d58fc12b5b7f5b0b95dc38b", opaque="cdce8a5c95a1427d74df7acbf41c9ce0"

    //Protect against missing dataneeded_parts = array('nonce'=>1, 'nc'=>1, 'cnonce'=>1, 'qop'=>1, 'username'=>1, 'uri'=>1, 'response'=>1);

    data = array();parts = explode(", ", digest);

    foreach (parts as element) {bits = explode("=", element);data[bits[0]] = str_replace('"','',bits[1]);

    return needed_parts ? false :data;


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