Connecting to Web Dav folders on Panther...

Discussion in 'Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther) Discussion' started by obelix, Dec 7, 2004.

  1. obelix macrumors member

    Oct 20, 2004
    Does anyone know how to connect to web dav folders in panther? I can find all sorts of interesting information on setting up your own web dav folders... but nothing on connecting to an existing web dav folder.

    I need to connect to my universities web dav folder here:

    How can I do this? I hate having to open virtual pc every single time I want to get something from their site.

    I've tried...

    Finder ---> Connect to Server

    But I get an error saying that some data cannot be read or written. This site does require a password and I'm wondering if that is part of the problem?
  2. Westside guy macrumors 601

    Westside guy

    Oct 15, 2003
    The soggy side of the Pacific NW
    Normally to connect, you just use Finder's "Go -> Connect to Server". In the window that pops up, type the web address (http: and all) into the field. When it asks, give your login name and password.

    But unfortunately, this won't work in your case. Apple STILL has not put secure http (https) support for webdav into Panther. I don't know why; it should be almost trivial. So at present a user's login and password are being sent, in the clear (!), over the network whenever an OS X user connects to a webdav server.

    Think about that next time you're syncing all your personal information to your .Mac account. :D

    Some webdav servers support "digest" passwords, which is more secure than plaintext - but the real security solution is to implement https webdav in the operating system.

    There is a third-party solution that's not as elegant, but at least it works and it's secure. It's a free program named Goliath.
  3. obelix thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 20, 2004
    Hmmm.... Goliath doesn't seem to work given my url.... (sighs) so much for OS X being able to replace my Windows box.

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