[thelist] Check for auth w/o forcing logon?

Rob Smith rob.smith at thermon.com
Wed Apr 3 13:10:01 CST 2002

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I'm coding a CMS right now, and the more straight forward approach to this
that we've chosen is the cookie method. ASP understands it and is
practically built right in. http://www.w3schools.com/asp/asp_cookies.asp.

The only other weird way I wouldn't dare do is IP address detection.
Dangerous and not recommended.

-----Original Message-----
From: Dougal Campbell [mailto:dougal at gunters.org]
Sent: Wednesday, April 03, 2002 1:04 PM
To: thelist at lists.evolt.org
Subject: [thelist] Check for auth w/o forcing logon?

Is there a way (ASP or PHP) to check whether a user has previously
authenticated on our site (Basic auth), without forcing them to actually
logon if they hadn't? In other words, I want to give them different
content, depending on whether they have previously visited a
password-protected page elsewhere on the site.

Or will I need to switch from basic auth to a cookie-based scheme to
accomplish this? I suppose I could set a cookie from *within* the
protected area, but I'm still curious to see if there's a way to detect
it without cookies.

Ernest MacDougal Campbell III, MCP+I, MCSE <dougal at gunters.org>
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