Roundcube is a beautiful IMAP webmail client. In order to integrate is properly with an enterprise TWiki installation, ‘single authentication’ needed to be implemented - so that the sign-on for TWiki (which is htpasswd style authenticated by lighttpd) can be used for the roundcube authentication seamlessly.

Since the TWiki login/passwords are different from the IMAP login/password pairs, an additional column had to be added to the roundcubemail:users table :

ALTER TABLE users ADD imappass VARCHAR(128) NOT NULL;  # (from memory)

Then, the following patches must be applied to /usr/share/roundcubemail/index.php :

// set IMAP host
$host = $RCMAIL->autoselect_host();

// mdda added start
// check if HTTP AUTH is set and fill $POST vars
if (isset($_SERVER['PHP_AUTH_USER']) && isset($_SERVER['PHP_AUTH_PW'])) {
$dbh = rcmail::get_instance()->get_dbh();

$query = "SELECT * FROM ".get_table_name('users')." WHERE %s=?";
$sql_result = $dbh->query(sprintf($query, 'alias'), $_SERVER['PHP_AUTH_USER']);

if ($sql_arr = $dbh->fetch_assoc($sql_result)) {
$_POST['_user'] = $sql_arr['username'];
$_POST['_pass'] = $sql_arr['imappass'];
// mdda added end

// check if client supports cookies
if (empty($_COOKIE)) {
$OUTPUT->show_message("cookiesdisabled", 'warning');

// end session
else if (($RCMAIL->task=='logout' || $RCMAIL->action=='logout') && isset($_SESSION['user_id'])) {

// mdda added start
echo '
// mdda added end


Having done that, the following can be put onto a TWiki page, to automatically log in the user to roundcube :

* [WebMail](javascript: document.roundcube_login.submit();) - read your Email

Martin Andrews

{Finance, Software, AI} entrepreneur, living in Singapore with my family.