Kelly Jones wrote:
If you have an HTML form select field xyz with possible values
"apple", "banana", and "cucumber", anyone can easily set xyz to an
To prevent this, I create a hidden field code[xyz] with value:
where $salt is stored in a file outside my webroot.
The script receiving the POST data uses:
and confirms xyz is really one of "apple", "banana", or "cucumber".
Obviously, this can be extended to other types of form fields, and the
check value can be a regular expression or even a function call.
Is this a new idea, or have people done this before?
If the server-side script knows which values are expected, then there is
no need to send that to the client (browser) and back. If this is not
simply hard-coded in your script, you can keep it in a different file,
in a database, or in the session, depending on your particular
situation. For most of the fields, the number of acceptable values
aren't limited to a small set, so it's more practical to check for
expected length, data type, and escape the data before saving it.
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