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Client Certificate Authentication

Authenticating with a SSL Client Certificate by using the email address. Optionally, new accounts can be created with the name from the certificate.

How should I set up client certificate authentication?

This depends on your hosting environment and your means of authentication. The plugin uses the $_SERVER environment variables SSL_CLIENT_S_DN_Email (beginning with) for the email address and SSL_CLIENT_S_DN_CN for the name. A working example is given below:

In Apache HTTP (non-HTTPS) config add:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteRule ^/(wp-(admin|login\.php).*) https://%{HTTP_HOST}/$1

In Apache HTTPS config:

<Location /wp-login.php>
    SSLVerifyClient optional
    <IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
        RewriteEngine   on
        RewriteCond  %{HTTP_USER_AGENT}  .*Safari.*
        RewriteCond  %{SSL:SSL_CLIENT_VERIFY} !=SUCCESS
        RewriteRule  .* /wp-admin [redirect,last]
<Location /wp-admin>
    SSLVerifyClient require

Also make sure to set SSLCACertificatePath and enable CRL checks.

Requires: 3.1 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.5.2
Last Updated: 3 years ago
Active Installs: 40+


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