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Doubt on HTTP Basic Authentication

 
Rizwan Mohammad
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I read about http basic authentication as "It is not encrypted, only base64 encoded. Target Server is not authenticated". What is the meaning of this statement?
What is the meaning of encoded not encrypted? Are they two different things?
What does exactly mean by "Target server is not authenticated."
 
Sebastien Col
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Hi,
The difference between encoding and encryption is that encryption is reversible.
When you encrypt something, you can decrypt it.
On the other hand, when you encode something (MD5 for example) you can't reverse the process. It only guarantees that when you encode the same thing twice, you'll always get the same result.
Sebastien
 
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