It seems preemptive authentication in Maven using httpclient wagon provider doesn't work. With configuration taken form  Maven knock to repository (tested with Artifactory 2.2.5) as anonymous user.
Confirmed by independent party also with Maven 2.2.1. I can sniff http traffic if needed.
|Resolution||Fixed [ 1 ]|
|Status||Open [ 1 ]||Closed [ 6 ]|
|Assignee||Olivier Lamy [ olamy ]|
|Fix Version/s||3.0.4 [ 17215 ]|