NetworkManager Web Authentication

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Name of Project

NetworkManager Web Authentication


NetworkManager knows how to connect to many different types of networks, both wired and wireless, and can auto-authenticate to WEP and WPA networks. However, it can't auto-authenticate to networks that require a web-based login, which includes many wired and wireless networks such as SeneNET and AirYork.

Modify NetworkManager so that it talks (though dbus) to a Firefox extension for automatic login to a web-authenticated network.

Resources: ctyler, (roc, callion for dbus)


Project Contributor(s)

  • None

Contribution Opportunities

  • Test on different web-authenticated networks (0.2 or 0.3 release)
  • list of network devices (eth0, wlan1, etc) that may need web login
  • Keeping directory structures intact when exporting files during build (see this blog post for more details)

Project Details


0.1 - October 18, 2008

Project News / Updates

11/14/2008 -

  • All modifications to 0.1 for 0.2 have been completed. I will package it all and upload it tomorrow, along with the usual blog post to explain it


  • Scott Lunel provided a contribution of information
  • Extension now listens in background for a signal, rather than holding up the browser
  • Main components of 0.3 have been decided upon
    • External app to act as an in-between for Firefox and NetworkManager

11/3/2008 -

10/17/2008 -

  • Near-complete 0.1 release ready. A few small fixes would be nice, but seems good to go
  • Added some major events to wiki

10/14/2008 -

  • The XPCOM objects compile, and have DBus support in them

10/09/2008 -

  • I now know I need XPCOM objects too talk with the D-Bus bus
  • Almost have the components compiled, then can add functionality
  • I am now using C++ rather than Python--easier to understand

09/28/2008 -

  • Signed up for the NetworkManager mailing list
  • Asked for ideas for project, general dislike of using Firefox, suggestion of libraries to use
    • Would still need a Javascript engine

09/23/2008 -

  • Started looking into Python for DBus communication

09/18/2008 -

  • Met with David and Chris to talk about how this will be done
  • 0.1 release will be a small extension in Firefox and a second program to talk back & forth via dbus

09/16/2008 -

  • Created Project page for this project.

NetworkManager Bugs