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Why password is stored in session ?

Thread began 1/30/2010 9:50 pm by prashant_vrce399814 | Last modified 2/01/2010 2:15 pm by Eric Mittman | 1001 views | 1 replies |


Why password is stored in session ?

I just purchased this product and immediately found one thing which draw my attention

1. In Admin/user_LogIn.php , I found the following

if((((isset($_POST["userName"]) && $_POST["userName"]==$WAGLOBAL_Admin_UserName)?$_POST["userName"]:"") != "")) {
$_SESSION["AdminLogin"] = "".((isset($_POST["Password"]))?$_POST["Password"]:"") ."";

Why the Admin Password ( which is very critical ) need to be stored in session ? This is something indeed very unusual in Web development where security is a concern. Storing passwords in cookie or session is a very poor coding standard and possess a great security hole.

Can any body explain why this is done ? Or am I missing something ?

Also once I login after a successful reigstration, when I access the login page through browser, the default behaviour should be ( Since I already logged in ) to display me the success page url or something like that. But instead I again see I am prompted for login. This is also not an expected behaviour of an website from user's prospective.

Care to explain ?

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Eric Mittman

The password for accessing the admin portion of the site is held in the globals file. The value that you enter for the password when logging into the admin area is held in a session variable. The variable is then compared against the value in the globals file. This is only for the admin area, any users that register to the site will not have their passwords stored in a session variable.

As far as I understand this would still be fairly secure as someone would need access to the php server in order to exploit this. If someone had access to the site they could just open the globals file to see the values.

After logging into the admin area you should be returned to the index page. This is controlled with the code on the users_Login page in the admin area on line 11. You can update this to be any page you need.

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