Vpp Man Vpp Man - 1 month ago 5
PHP Question

reason for using a token in HTML form and checking in PHP code

In a code i have seen this creation of token for a login page:

$token = $_SESSION['token'] = md5(uniqid(mt_rand(),true));


Then this token is echoed as a hidden input in the login form and on submitted, php code to validate login also checks this token like:

public function isTokenValid()
{
return (!isset($_SESSION['token']) || $this->_token != $_SESSION['token'])? 0 : 1;
}


What is the use of this token ?

Edit: This page is describes the use of it: https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Cross-Site_Request_Forgery_(CSRF)_Prevention_Cheat_Sheet

Answer

Approach like this is commonly used to prevent CSRF vulnerabilities

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