Is setting the iv-user header in an HTTP request the same as setting the REMOTE_USER variable? If one application sets the user id in the iv-user header is there a way for Apache put it into the REMOTE_USER variable? Or am I mixing things up?

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It looks like you're confusing things. Take look at the table in this IBM doc on IV Headers.

Iv-user - The short name of the Access Manager user. Defaults to unauthenticated if the client is unauthenticated (unknown).

They're not the same based on what I'm reading in that article.

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    Oh, IBM! A typo on your website. I'll correct it here, because I can.
    – Jeff Schaller
    Jul 11, 2018 at 0:02
  • Thank you to both of you. So is it safe to say that iv-headers is something proprietary from IBM and the REMOTE_USER variable is Apache stuff ? Jul 11, 2018 at 6:49
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    That' would be my take.
    – slm
    Jul 11, 2018 at 11:13

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