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Hi, I am looking for a basic user authentication script that uses cookies.

I have been using Perl for a while now, but still there is a lot to know.

I was thinking of using a crypt() function and check if the entered password is the same as the password in some file. That seems quite easy and straightforward. My problem is that I want to store a cookie, so people don't need to log in the whole time.

I have no idea what to store in the cookie. Just the username? And what about when it expires?

I would love a few examples, like what Perlmonks stores in the cookie. It looks like the Username and an encrypted password.

Is that secure?

I have been searching on the web, and it is scary the crap people try to disguise as password scripts, with the password hardcoded into the script etc.


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