[cgiapp] Safe way to remember user login?
azfuller at gmail.com
Wed Jan 14 09:02:29 EST 2009
On Wed, Jan 14, 2009 at 3:41 AM, Lyle <webmaster at cosmicperl.com> wrote:
> Runs the risk of the session ID being found, but I guess if I verify the
> cookie and IP address...
I think the risk of the session ID (cookie) hijacking is the same
either way. So, whether they are forced to a login page as a formality
(with their credentials already filled in) it would be the same thing.
I don't think you can tie cookies to IP addresses. Some users may be
behind firewalls, accessing the internet from clustered HTTP proxies.
There might be a way to associate those users with a block of
You could create a (somewhat complicated) algorithm where you give
them a cookie via https. Then, every 5 minutes (or 5 days) redirect
them to that HTTPS URL to check if they have that cookie, update your
server-side session information to indicate it's been checked, and
then redirect back to the non-HTTPS URL they were really going to,
detect that they were just securely validated, and generate a new
cookie/sessionID. That would be relatively transparent to the end user
and invalidate hijacked cookies.
The time limit could be a fixed period of time, and an inactivity
time. It depends on how sensitive your site is. Once every 12 hours,
or once after 1 hour of inactivity(?).
I think that would be effective. I haven't done it myself. I've been
thinking about it.
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