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  • Which also stores usernames and passwords in plain text in a cookie? Well, obfuscated, at least as much as basic-auth is...

    Quite shocked me when I looked closely at my slashdot / use.perl cookies.


    • I post it to for the same reason others post post plenty of other non-Perl things here: it interests me.

      The comment about the use.perl cookie was interesting. I had suspicions about the cookie, but never looked at it that closely. If you really want fun, though, take a look at the full headers. You'll see things like: X-Bender: My full name is Bender Bending Rodriguez. and X-Fry: Hey look, it's that guy you are! .

    • FWIW: No usernames are stored, the user IDs are. And the MD5 hash of the password, not plaintext, is stored, which can be used to log in if you also have the user ID. Also, there is an option in your password prefs to not store the cookie information.

      And you can always click "Logout" to delete your cookie, too.

      As to the proper deleting of a cookie: setting the expiration date is the recommended method. In this Netscape doc [], for example, it says: If a CGI script wishes to delete a cookie, it can do so b