Issue with Catalog Mode

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Issue with Catalog Mode

Vera Green

We are running GeoServer 2.14.1 as a webapp in tomcat 8.5 on Centos7.

I am having an issue with the Catalog Mode feature and am wondering if this is a bug or an error with my configuration.  We are trying to restrict access to the layer preview page to Authenticated users.  We also extensively use GeoServer to serve live links to GoogleEarth.  Users are provided the KMZ URL which they save in GoogleEarth.  With this setup users are able to see data from PostGIS live in GoogleEarth with GeoServer as the middle man.  The issue is when I switch the catalog mode to mixed or hide (which does effectively hide the layer preview), the live links stop updating/establishing a connection.  I have narrowed down the issue to the fact that with the mixed or hide catalog mode GeoServer does NOT request user credentials, it simply goes to the error message:
  • Mixed mode: "Cannot access layer with the current privileges.
  • Hide mode: HTTP Status 404: "Type Status Report Description The origin server did not find a current representation for the target resource or is not willing to disclose that one exists."
I tested this by placing the URL into an incognito window. So it looks like with the mixed or hide mode GeoServer fails to ask for user credentials.

Any suggestions greatly appreciated,

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