Support » Fixing WordPress » Encryption algorithm used for passwords in wp_users db-table?

  • I just upgraded to 3.2.1 from (a very old) version 2.5. I followed the manual upgrade procedure and did a db-upgrade afterwards. All worked seemingly fine as I can log in through the wp login panel, do admin stuff etc.

    However, I am using the mySQL WP database as a user name database for a protected web site running Apache 2. I see that there are no apparent changes to the wp_users table as the user name and passord columns are still named “user_login” and “user_pass”. But the authentication now fails , and I suspect it is because passwords are no more md5 encrypted and possibly converted and encrypted with another scheme?

    My Apache config used to look like this (truncated):

    AuthType Basic
        AuthMySQLEnable on
        AuthMySQLUser _____
        AuthMySQLPassword _______
        AuthMySQLDB wordpress
        AuthMySQLUserTable wp_users
        AuthMySQLNameField user_login
        AuthMySQLPasswordField user_pass
        AuthMySQLPwEncryption md5
        AuthMySQLAuthoritative On
        require valid-user

    So the question is whether the upgrade process changed the encryption of the passwords – and if Apache supports that encryption (but I realize that is not a topic in this forum).

    Any help will be appreciated.

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