[Mailman-Users] admin web interface is not saving changes and asksme to re-enter password

Mark Sapiro msapiro at value.net
Wed Jul 18 06:12:16 CEST 2007

Cornils, Karin wrote:

>This is on a Debian 4 package installation of Mailman 2.1.9 w. Apache2.
>I have tried all the FAQ suggestions in the FAQs that seem to relate to
>this issue: 
>All  to no avail - details below - does anyone have any other

It has to be a cookie issue. When you enter a valid password, the
authentication page sets a session cookie with authentication data.
This cookie is for the domain of the authentication page and has a
name which is <listname>+<context>. E.g., for login with the admin
password for mylist, the name of the cookie is mylist+admin. The
cookie data are used to validate the cookie.

Can you see this cookie in your browser after you log in? It is a
session cookie, and I don't think you can see it in MSIE, at least I
don't know how - it's not with the persistent cookies in "Temporary
Internet Files".

Have you tried different browsers, different computers?

The issue pretty much has to be that the cookie isn't getting to the
browser because it is blocked on the way, the browser isn't accepting
it, the browser isn't returning it because it's not for the right
domain, or it is being blocked on the way back to the web server.

Ideally, you could run a packet sniffer on the connection and see if
the cookie is going back and forth. This would at least localize the
problem to the work station or the host.

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