How to password protect light squid reports

PFSence – proudly a Linux distribution gives us a very good firewall along with the internet filtering and monitoring facility. Internet filtering is done by Squid and Squid Guard. Monitoring part is done by Light Squid service which could be easily added through the System package.  
Once the configuration is up and running, though the PFSence main interface is password protected light squids reports could be accessed without any password and this will not be a good idea to keep this as it is. So to password protect your light Squid reports do the following.

Step One
Edit the file - /etc/inc/

And insert a mod authentication method as shown in the below image 1.

Step Two
Insert the below code right after server modules. (Refer image 1)

\$HTTP["url"] =~ "^/lightsquid/" {
auth.backend = "plain"
auth.backend.plain.userfile = "/var/etc/lighttpd-plain.myusers"
auth.require = ("/lightsquid" => (
"method" => "digest",
"realm" => "lightsquid",
"require" => "valid-user"

Step Three
Now that you have pointed the auth backend plain user file to a location you have to create a new file at the specified location and insert username and passwords as required.

To do that follow the below steps

  • Download putty and login to the PFSense server via SSH
  • Select the shell option (8)
  • Copy and paste the following and press enter 
  • /var/etc/lighttpd-plain.myusers
  • Enter user name and password one after the other as shown below.

Step Four

Restart the web configurator by using the following command in putty or SSH


This will enable a password request for light squid reports.

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  1. Hello, your description is awesome! Thanks for the help! :)
    However, version 2.2.2 file /var/etc/lighttpd-plain.myusers after reboot is not, can you help.

    1. Update your PFsense to the new version which has everything covered right away in the webmin itself.

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