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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2012

    Securing website with Login an logout

    I am a complete beginner, I designed a website i need to secure with login. The website requires different Admin login and User login. I have designed database for both. I used the following for the user. I can login successfully but the webpages are still on protected.


    <form name="form1" method="post" action="checklogin.php">
    <table width="100%" border="0" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="1" bgcolor="#00ff00">
    <td colspan="3"><div align="center" class="style6">Member Login </div></td>
    <td width="74">Username</td>
    <td width="12">:</td>
    <td width="293"><input name="username" type="text" id="username"></td>
    <td><input name="password" type="password" id="password"></td>
    <td><input type="submit" name="Submit" value="Login"></td>

    <td colspan="3" scope="row"></td>
    <td colspan="3" scope="row"><div align="center"><span class="style5">Copyright (c) 2012. Skycom Incorporated. All rights reserved. </span></div></td>
    <p>&nbsp; </p>



    $host="localhost"; // Host name
    $username="thepass"; // Mysql username
    $password="thepass"; // Mysql password
    $db_name="thepass"; // Database name
    $tbl_name="pass_member"; // Table name

    // Connect to server and select databse.
    mysql_connect("$host", "$username", "$password")or die("cannot connect");
    mysql_select_db("$db_name")or die("cannot select DB");

    // Define $username and $password

    // To protect MySQL injection (more detail about MySQL injection)
    $username = stripslashes($username);
    $password = stripslashes($password);
    $username = mysql_real_escape_string($username);
    $password = mysql_real_escape_string($password);
    $sql="SELECT * FROM $tbl_name WHERE username='$username' and password='$password'";

    // Mysql_num_row is counting table row

    // If result matched $username and $password, table row must be 1 row

    // Register $username, $password and redirect to file "login_success.php"
    $_SESSION['username'] = $username;
    $_SESSION['password'] = $password;
    else {
    echo "Wrong Username or Password";


    // Check if session is not registered, redirect back to main page.
    // Put this code in first line of web page.
    if( isset($_SESSION["username"]) ){



    $past = time() - 100;

    //this makes the time in the past to destroy the cookie

    setcookie('ID_my_site, gone, $past');

    setcookie('Key_my_site, gone, $past');

    header("Location: login.php");


    Please I will be forever grateful to you if you can help me through this.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    i havent looked closely but you probably need to session_start(); before you do

    $_SESSION['username'] = $username;
    $_SESSION['password'] = $password;

    also, its totally unnecessary to put the user's password into the session; its very bad practice.

    also you should be hashing your passwords and not storing them in plain text (google: hashing passwords)

    i would suggest checking out some tutorials on writing secure systems; but really I would be using an existing system for securing your site; look at any sort of CMS or framework that has usernames/passwords; you dont want to reinvent the wheel!

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