Trying to use woocommece REST api, authentication header is stripped

I have a dreampress site, and I’d like to use the woocommerce REST api from a desktop application to create products but cannot get authenticated. I am using postman to build my request and can verify the outgoing header contains
“Authorization Basic base64 of customer key:customer secret”. from looking in the postman console for the request header. The user that the key/secret is made for has read/write access

The outgoing header also contain for example a phpsession cookie, useragent, a postman-token and a bunch of other headers. As a test I have made a php page that just displays the headers that it receives from the server, and I can recognize most of the ones from the request header, but there is no Authorization.

I have installed a REST api logging plugin, and when I try to for example access the woocommerce products with “https://sitename/wp-json/wc/v2/products/” I can see the request being received, but no user is recognized for the request.

I believe it’s because the authentication header is being stripped by apache. I have found many, many references to this problem and most of them talk about tweaking my .htaccess in ways that are incomprehensible to me, so I try one magic incantation after another. I frankly do not understand how apache works, just want to authenticate so I can work on the real job.

Here are a few examples of .htaccess changes that are supposed to fix this, and may do so for others but not me.

1

RewriteCond %{HTTP:Authorization} ^(.)
RewriteRule ^(.
) - [E=HTTP_AUTHORIZATION:%1]

#2
RewriteRule .* - [E=HTTP_AUTHORIZATION:%{HTTP:Authorization}]
SetEnvIf Authorization “(.*)” HTTP_AUTHORIZATION=$1

I have tried these and quite a few others both before and after the wordpress block in .htaccess. I found a similar post in this community from 2013 with yet another variation for .htaccess

I believe I’m still using the old ubuntu 14 on the domain, so apache 2.12 I believe but don’t know how to check and don’t know how to update.

Any suggestions welcome
Kent

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