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Jean-Philippe Lang, 2010-01-09 14:18
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Repositories access control with apache, mod_dav_svn and mod_perl

Overview

In this documentation, we will configure apache to delegate authentication to mod_perl. It's tested on apache2 with mysql and postgresql but should work with allmost every databases for which there is a perl DBD module.

You need a working apache on your SVN server and you must install some modules at least mod_dav_svn, mod_perl2, DBI and DBD::mysql (or the DBD driver for you database as it should work on allmost all databases).

On Debian/ubuntu you can do :

sudo aptitude install libapache2-svn libapache-dbi-perl libapache2-mod-perl2 libdbd-mysql-perl libdigest-sha1-perl

If the repositories are not created automatically by reposman.rb, it is important that the repository name is the same as the project identifier in Redmine, otherwise Redmine.pm will fail to authenticate users.

Enabling apache modules

On debian/ubuntu :

sudo a2enmod dav
sudo a2enmod dav_svn
sudo a2enmod perl

Apache configuration for Subversion repositories

You first need to copy or link Redmine.pm to /usr/lib/perl5/Apache/Redmine.pm
Then add the following Location directives to your apache configuration (for example in /etc/APACHE_DIR/conf.d/):

  • the first one /svn will be used by users to access repositories with authentication
  • the second /svn-private provides a private read-only with IP limitation so that Redmine can browse repositories
   # /svn location for users
   PerlLoadModule Apache::Redmine
   <Location /svn>
     DAV svn
     SVNParentPath "/var/svn" 

     AuthType Basic
     AuthName redmine
     Require valid-user

     PerlAccessHandler Apache::Authn::Redmine::access_handler
     PerlAuthenHandler Apache::Authn::Redmine::authen_handler

     ## for mysql
     RedmineDSN "DBI:mysql:database=databasename;host=my.db.server" 
     ## for postgres
     # RedmineDSN "DBI:Pg:dbname=databasename;host=my.db.server" 
     ## for SQLite3
     # RedmineDSN "DBI:SQLite:dbname=database.db" 

     RedmineDbUser "redmine" 
     RedmineDbPass "password" 
  </Location>

  # /svn location for Redmine
  <Location /svn-private>
    DAV svn
    SVNParentPath "/var/svn" 
    Order deny,allow
    Deny from all
    # only allow reading orders
    <Limit GET PROPFIND OPTIONS REPORT>
      Allow from redmine.server.ip
    </Limit>
  </Location>

After reloading apache conf, you can try to browse some public repository with:

svn ls http://my.svn.server/svn/myproject

If you try to browse a repository of a private project, you'll be asked for your Redmine password.

If you want to connect your LDAP authentication to Apache, you can install the Authen::Simple::LDAP perl module. I found that connecting to my LDAP server to authenticate with every request can be quite slow. I added the following to my configuration and had a significant performance increase.

   PerlLoadModule Apache::Redmine
   <Location /svn>
     DAV svn
     SVNParentPath "/var/svn" 

     AuthType Basic
     AuthName redmine
     Require valid-user

     PerlAccessHandler Apache::Authn::Redmine::access_handler
     PerlAuthenHandler Apache::Authn::Redmine::authen_handler

     ## for mysql
     RedmineDSN "DBI:mysql:database=databasename;host=my.db.server" 
     ## for postgres
     # RedmineDSN "DBI:Pg:dbname=databasename;host=my.db.server" 

     RedmineDbUser "redmine" 
     RedmineDbPass "password" 
     #Cache the last 50 auth entries
     RedmineCacheCredsMax 50
  </Location>

Apache configuration for Git repositories

Now that reposman.rb can create git repositories, you can use Redmine.pm to access them the same way than subversion.

You first need to copy or link Redmine.pm to /usr/lib/perl5/Apache/Redmine.pm, then you add this configuration to apache :

Alias /git /var/git

PerlLoadModule Apache::Redmine
<Location /git>
  DAV on

  AuthType Basic
  Require valid-user
  AuthName "Git" 

  PerlAccessHandler Apache::Authn::Redmine::access_handler
  PerlAuthenHandler Apache::Authn::Redmine::authen_handler

  RedmineDSN "DBI:mysql:database=redmine;host=localhost" 
  RedmineDbUser "redmine" 
  RedmineDbPass "password" 
</Location>

Alias /git-private /var/git

<Location /git-private>
   Order deny,allow
   Deny from all
   <Limit GET PROPFIND OPTIONS REPORT>
      Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews
   Allow from 127.0.0.1
   </Limit>
</Location>

To verify that you can access repository through Redmine.pm, you can use curl :

% curl --netrc --location http://localhost/git/ecookbook/HEAD   
ref: refs/heads/master

Gotchas

If you run this in Phusion Passenger, make sure you don't turn PassengerHighPerformance on. If you do, the rewrites to catch subversion dav will be bypassed with some interesting dump in the log as a result.
Example:

ActionController::RoutingError (No route matches "/svn/rm-code" with {:method=>:get}):

(if your repo are named rm-code)