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Password as Parameter in URL for Protected .pdf

Jul 20, 2011 1:40 PM

Hi Folks,

 

When opening a protected .pdf via http, is it possible to send the password as a parameter in the URL? I want to use some of the security features in protected .pdf, but don't want to force the user to actually type a password.

 

For example, in the link below, brown-teddy-bear.pdf is a password-protected .pdf file, with password "coffeecup." Is something like the following available?

 

<a href="http://www.example.com/brown-teddy-bear.pdf#password=coffeecup">Brown Teddy Bear</a>

 

This throws a "This operation is not allowed." error.

 

I checked the spec for 9 at the link below, but it's not in there.

http://wwwimages.adobe.com/www.adobe.com/content/dam/Adobe/en/devnet/a crobat/pdfs/pdf_open_parameters_v9.pdf

 

Sincerely,

Keith

 
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    Jul 20, 2011 1:46 PM   in reply to boletusEdulis
    Is it possible to send the password to a protected Acrobat file as a parameter?

    No.

     

    Why did you assign a open password?

     
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    Jul 20, 2011 1:48 PM   in reply to boletusEdulis

    No, it's not possible.

    If you can include the password as plain-text in the URL, you might as well

    just remove it altogether, don't you think?

     
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  • George Johnson
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    Jul 20, 2011 2:49 PM   in reply to boletusEdulis

    You do not need to set an Open password when setting up restrictions using password security, you just need to use a Permissions password. The resulting document will open without the user needing to enter a password and Acrobat/Reader will honor the restrictions.

     
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