HTTP_REFERRER is another good way to check. This allows users to access the page ONLY from a specific set of referring pages. However, if you have a gigantic site this can be cumbersome and can create a rather large array of referring pages, so you may want to put the value through a reg-ex that checks for the hosts on your domain (like www.domain.com, subdomain.domain.com, etc). That locks out all other domains, at least. Don't use this as your sole method of verification, but you can certainly include it.
Mike Frazer "Jerry Verhoef" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote in message 1CDA86C6527BD311B91F0008C784121003D55205@ugbiex1">news:1CDA86C6527BD311B91F0008C784121003D55205@ugbiex1... > > > > -----Original Message----- > > From: Erik Price [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]] > > Sent: Wednesday, January 30, 2002 3:30 PM > > To: PHP > > Subject: [PHP] session data vs cookie data > > > > > > I have read elsewhere that depending on Cookie data for site > > authentication is false economy, because Cookie data can be spoofed. > > > > True > > > > > I'm designing a login that auto-fills a person's name into a > > field for > > authentication (based on their $user_id, which is stored in > > the cookie), > > then they enter a password below that name and the fields are checked > > against data stored in MySQL. Standard authentication > > system. But from > > that point onward, I'd like to use a session variable that > > establishes > > the user's legitimacy as having logged in, using the cookie > > to store the > > SESSID. > > > > Barring the user spoofing the SESSID in the cookie, could > > someone easily > > fake legitimacy? I would think not, since the session data > > ("$logged_in = 1" or something similar) is not stored in the > > cookie but > > rather on the server. But I just want to confirm. > > > > It is possible to "steal" a session because a session_id is usually based on > a cookie. So I always store the IP, HTTP_X_FORWARD and USER_AGENT in the > session. And check them every page. > > kind regards, > Jerry > > > > > I should mention that I have register_globals = off in > > php.ini (4.1.0 on > > Linux). > > > > > > Thanks, > > Erik > > > > > > -- > > PHP General Mailing List (http://www.php.net/) > > To unsubscribe, e-mail: [EMAIL PROTECTED] > > For additional commands, e-mail: [EMAIL PROTECTED] > > To contact the list administrators, e-mail: > > [EMAIL PROTECTED] > > > > > The information contained in this email is confidential and > may be legally privileged. It is intended solely for the > addressee. Access to this email by anyone else is > unauthorized. If you are not the intended recipient, any > form of disclosure, production, distribution or any action > taken or refrained from in reliance on it, is prohibited and > may be unlawful. Please notify the sender immediately. > > The content of the email is not legally binding unless > confirmed by letter bearing two authorized signatures. -- PHP General Mailing List (http://www.php.net/) To unsubscribe, e-mail: [EMAIL PROTECTED] For additional commands, e-mail: [EMAIL PROTECTED] To contact the list administrators, e-mail: [EMAIL PROTECTED]