Ashley Sheridan wrote: > On Mon, 2010-03-29 at 12:24 +0100, Ben Stones wrote: > >> Hi, >> >> I'm just wondering whether there are any apparent security concerns I should >> be aware of when using sessions in my PHP scripts. I understand that >> sessions are tracked with an individual user via a session ID which is >> stored in a temporary location on the server, as well as a PHPSESSID cookie >> assigned to the end user's client, but the server my website is hosted on >> (and which I'll be developing my PHP script on) doesn't allow you to create >> a session ID via the URL (i.e. index.php?PHPSESSID=1234) so I *presume* only >> the server can generate a session ID for the end user when I call the >> session_start function? So do I still need to call session_regenerate_id for >> security purposes when an end user has entered the correct login credentials >> - would this be necessary since you cant set a session ID via the URL? >> >> Thanks, >> Ben. > > > Just setting a URL variable won't actually create a session, you have to > use the PHP session functions to create one. > > Using session_regenerate_id() won't do that much for security. If you > are really worried, then consider a security certificate. Even a > self-issued one is better than nothing, and you can generate these for > free.
worth noting that you can also issue client side ssl certificates to your users; 100% secure, self-signed thus free, either by creating a pki12 w/ php or by using the html KEYGEN element - the ssl cert installs directly in the users browser. You can use the subjectAltName attribute of the certificate to save a users unique id. And thus, 0 click login, perfectly secure auth all done through https - further meaning you can completely negate sessions/cookies and all the related insecurities. further still, you can boot this up to foaf+ssl giving users one unique web id for themselves, and in full control of there own profile / login etc; (like openid done right and one steriods) Will be the defacto industry standard in a couple of years, so may as well adopt early. Regards! -- PHP General Mailing List (http://www.php.net/) To unsubscribe, visit: http://www.php.net/unsub.php