Message encoder/decoder and password hasher for the NTLM authentication protocol

v0.5.0 2019-04-24 17:35 UTC

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PHP-NTLM is a library that handles the encoding and decoding of messages used in the challenge-and-response flow of the NTLM authentication protocol, while also providing separate injectable credential hashing mechanisms to allow for a more secure version of a credential for storage (rather than storing passwords in "plain-text").


  • NTLM client message encoding and decoding
  • Multiple text-encoding native-extensions supported
  • LM, NTv1, and NTv2 hashing algorithms supported


  • 64-bit PHP runtime (NTLM negotiation bit flags extend beyond the 32-bit integer size)
  • PHP >=7.1.0


  1. Get Composer
  2. Add robinpowered/php-ntlm to your Composer required dependencies: composer require robinpowered/php-ntlm
  3. Include the Composer autoloader

Example Usage

// Using Guzzle
$client = new Client();
$request = new Request('get', '');
$user_name = 'user_name';
$password = 'password';
$target_name = 'target_name';
$host_name = 'host_name';

$encoding_converter = new MbstringEncodingConverter();
$random_byte_generator = new NativeRandomByteGenerator();
$hasher_factory = HasherFactory::createWithDetectedSupportedAlgorithms();

$negotiate_message_encoder = new NegotiateMessageEncoder($encoding_converter);
$challenge_message_decoder = new ChallengeMessageDecoder();

$keyed_hasher_factory = KeyedHasherFactory::createWithDetectedSupportedAlgorithms();

$nt1_hasher = new NtV1Hasher($hasher_factory, $encoding_converter);
$nt2_hasher = new NtV2Hasher($nt1_hasher, $keyed_hasher_factory, $encoding_converter);

$authenticate_message_encoder = new NtlmV2AuthenticateMessageEncoder(

$negotiate_message = $negotiate_message_encoder->encode(

// Send negotiate message
$request->setHeader('Authorization', sprintf('NTLM %s', base64_encode($negotiate_message)));
$response = $client->send($request);

// Decode returned challenge message
$authenticate_headers = $response->getHeaderAsArray('WWW-Authenticate');
foreach ($authenticate_headers as $header_string) {
    $ntlm_matches = preg_match('/NTLM( (.*))?/', $header_string, $ntlm_header);

    if (0 < $ntlm_matches && isset($ntlm_header[2])) {
        $raw_server_challenge = base64_decode($ntlm_header[2]);
$server_challenge = $challenge_message_decoder->decode($raw_server_challenge);

$authenticate_message = $authenticate_message_encoder->encode(
    new Password($password),

// Send authenticate message
$request->setHeader('Authorization', sprintf('NTLM %s', base64_encode($authenticate_message)));


  • LM hashing
  • NTv1 hashing
  • NTv2 hashing
  • NTLM negotiate message encoding
  • NTLM challenge message decoding
    • Message structure and data validation
    • Negotiate flag decoding
    • Server challenge "nonce" handling
    • TargetName parsing/handling
    • (Optional) TargetInfo parsing/handling
      • (Optional) AV_PAIR decoding
    • (Optional) Version parsing/handling (for debugging purposes only)
  • NTLM authenticate message encoding
    • NTLM v1 response support
    • NTLM v2 response support
    • Extended session security (NTLM2 session key) support
    • (Add-on) Encrypted session key exchange support
  • Datagram ("connectionless") support
  • Tests


PHP-NTLM is licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0.

Copyright 2019 Robin Powered, Inc.

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