It's easiest to do this using apache, and not php.  It's called 
mod_auth_pwcheck.  You can find information from;  Hope this helps.


Zenith wrote:

>I know that, I can use HTTP, or just normal HTML to prompt for user id
>and password.
>And check against the plain text, encrypted text or Database for the user
>But I wonder if I can check the user account against with the
>/etc/passwd, i.e. use the system accounts.
>For example, in the system, I am account 'snoopy', and password 'isadog'.
>In PHP, I prompt for the account, and if the user enters snoopy:isadog,
>can I verify this from the /etc/passwd and /etc/shadow???

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