[LON-CAPA-admin] Invalid Authentication Type

Bynum, Lee Hamilton leebynum at illinois.edu
Thu Jan 21 16:19:22 EST 2016

After digging deeper, it looks as though none of the options for default authentication type are checked in our Domain Coordinator interface.  I suspect that is the cause of the errors below and students being unable to be added to courses or log into lon-capa.  My intention is to set the default authentication type to local.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: lon-capa-admin-bounces at mail.lon-capa.org [mailto:lon-capa-admin-
> bounces at mail.lon-capa.org] On Behalf Of Bynum, Lee Hamilton
> Sent: Thursday, January 21, 2016 2:58 PM
> To: lon-capa-admin at mail.lon-capa.org
> Subject: [LON-CAPA-admin] Invalid Authentication Type
> Hello,
> I am seeing some odd errors in autoenroll.log associated with students that
> weren't added to courses they are supposed to be enrolled in:
> An invalid authentication type was provided for the new user - <USERID>, so
> the user was not enrolled in the course.
> An error occurred adding the new user <USERID> because the authcheck
> failed for authtype  and parameter . The authcheck response was invalid.
> The problem resolves itself when the students are manually enrolled.
> Afterwards, the following is placed in the autoenroll.log file:
> Authentication type mismatch for <USERID> - 'localauth' in system, '' based
> on information in classlist or default for this course.
> User information updated for user: <USERID>prior to enrollment.
> Existing user <USERID> detected in institutional classlist - switched from
> 'manual' to 'auto' enrollment in section <SECTIONNUM>. Access starts:
> immediately, ends: Sat May 14 05:00:00 pm 2016 (CDT).
> Existing uiuc user <USERID> enrolled successfully.
> It seems to me as though something has changed regarding authentication of
> new students.  Specifically, I am failing to get an authtype or parameter
> associated with the user.  We recently updated some things regarding
> Shibboleth, which may be the culprit.  Before I get too far down the murky
> path of authentication protocols, I wanted to see if those log entries ring any
> bells for the rest of you.
> Thanks,
> Lee
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