Description:Enable/Disable passing of authorisation headers.
Syntax:WSGIPassAuthorization On|Off
Default:WSGIPassAuthorization Off
Context:server config, virtual host, directory, .htaccess

The WSGIPassAuthorization directive can be used to control whether HTTP authorisation headers are passed through to a WSGI application in the HTTP_AUTHORIZATION variable of the WSGI application environment when the equivalent HTTP request headers are present. This option would need to be set to On if the WSGI application was to handle authorisation rather than Apache doing it.

Authorisation headers are not passed through by default as doing so could leak information about passwords through to a WSGI application which should not be able to see them when Apache is performing authorisation. If Apache is performing authorisation, a WSGI application can still find out what type of authorisation scheme was used by checking the variable AUTH_TYPE of the WSGI application environment. The login name of the authorised user can be determined by checking the variable REMOTE_USER.