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Re: lynx-dev how to use proxy?

From: Duncan Simpson
Subject: Re: lynx-dev how to use proxy?
Date: Tue, 29 Feb 2000 12:15:13 +0000

> Unfortunately there is no way you can fix it on Lynx side.
> NTLM is MS proprietary authentication algorithm only supported by Internet
> Explorer v.3+. You will run into same problem using Netscape or Opera or
> whatever else.
> You can ask your administrator to enable clear-text (standard)
> authentication on MS Proxy. Second option is to install Winsock proxy dll on
> your machine (it's part of MS Proxy package). Ask your admin or read MS
> Proxy manual.
Actually you have a larger problem than this suggests with NTLM, apparently it 
depends on your IP numbers and therefore is actually *impossible* to proxy. 
This is what the squid FAQ says about NTLM.

Your admin should use MD5 authentication instead, which is supported by 
netscape at least. I suspect IE supports it too. This authentication is just 
as secure and is proxy compatible, hence netscape prefering it to NTLM. A good 
HTTP proxy, for example squid, will support all sorts of clients. Sadly M$ 
proxy is not such a beast and required special clients, only avialable for M$ 
systems, last time I heard.

Newer versions of M$ proxy may support socks which is cross platform. The best 
solution, if it is politically possible, is to replace M$ proxy with squid or 
an IP masqetading gateway (any old 486 running linux is quite sufficient for 
light duty).

Duncan (-:
"software industry, the: unique industry where selling substandard goods is
legal and you can charge extra for fixing the problems."

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