I am using the java based neo4j graph database on lubuntu 15.04.
The neo4j HTTP authentication header uses base64 encoding of 'username:password' (not including quotes). Using wireshark I can see the base64 code generated by neo4j.
However if I use the ubuntu coreutils base64 to encode the same string I get a slightly different encoding. This encoding is not accepted by neo4j.
Both encodings decode to the correct username:password string
neo4j and password=
Neo4j gives the encoded value of
bmVvNGo6QE4= which decodes to
neo4j:@N as expected
$ echo 'bmVvNGo6QE4=' | base64 --decode neo4j:@N
base64 returns the encoded value of
bmVvNGo6QE4K (which differs in the last character) but still decodes correctly;
$ echo 'neo4j:@N' | base64 bmVvNGo6QE4K $ echo 'bmVvNGo6QE4K' | base64 --decode neo4j:@N
Why is this? What do I need to do get consistent encoding?