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Postby CaliberWebMedia » Fri Jan 20, 2012 10:01 am

I have this application which has three directories:


Which all have security holes. I can .htaccess these folders no problem.

However, when a user logs into my application and tries to use any of these functions in said directories the application prompts for user/pass.

1. I know I can force the user/pass like so: <form action="" method="POST">, but of course this exposes the username and password.

So, what I'm wondering: is it possible when my users log in to my application I can somehow log the users into the password protected directories too? Possibly using $_SERVER and $_SESSION vars? It just seems so much more "user friendly" to have them only log in once instead of prompting for a pw all the time.

Otherwise, I believe my application to be pretty secure.
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Re: Force HTTP_AUTH?

Postby Mordred » Sat Jan 21, 2012 8:15 am

1. You should add authorization checks to your asynchronously accessed PHP code just like in any other PHP code you expose. There's no need to use a different authentication mechanism than the one you already use for your 'main' site anyway.
2. Depending on what your "security holes" in these directories are, this might not help entirely - you need protection against malicious authenticated users as much as you need protection against 'anonymous' ones
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