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#1 sharpdust

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Posted 10 February 2006 - 06:04 PM

In the tutorial "Creating a Membership System". To check if a user is logged in or not they check to see if the session first_name variable matches.

function session_checker(){
include 'login_form.html';

Is this really secure? Wouldn't it better to check if the user has the right username or better, the right userid #?

#2 azuka

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Posted 10 February 2006 - 06:16 PM

Of course that's infinitely more secure. I suggest you hash both the user id and the password in the session using md5 (for the password I think yyou should md5() it twice). Then for each page you compare the user name and the password with the ones in the session before you do anything.
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#3 fenway

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Posted 10 February 2006 - 07:47 PM

Alternatively, use the user/pass/whatever to create a unique sessionID, and store that, and then just check that on every page.
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