[thelist] Can cookies be faked?

John.Brooking at NA.SAPPI.COM John.Brooking at NA.SAPPI.COM
Wed Oct 8 12:10:59 CDT 2003

Sorry if this is a dumb question. I can't seem to refine my Google search
appropriately to answer it. At least it should be a simple one for many of

If I want to set a cookie to indicate that someone has a certain authority,
I'm thinking it's not a good idea for pages to then check for that cookie in
client-side JavaScript, where someone could just look at the page source to
discover the expected name and value of the cookie. I suspect it is almost
trivial, for someone who knows how, to give themselves such a cookie by
editing their client's cookie jar directly. Am I right?

- John

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