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Session, cookies and security

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I'm missing some good explanation about how to use sessions and cookies for security.

It seems possible to create sessions in different ways. I already received the information (from VGR) that it is not good to use the HTTP Basic Authentication. So I already adapted my login-page that starts with a form with 2 fields for login_id and password.

At the top of this page I have put : session_start(). When I check in a subsequent page (where I have also put the session-start()-statement) the existence of the session (with <?echo $_SESSION['thenameIgave']; ?> )=> the name seems to be passed to the next page.
But how do I control in each subsequent page that it is still the same session? When I use the statement : if (session is registered('thenameIgave')) => I get an error message...

Other, not-registered persons may not have the possibility to enter those protected pages. Suppose that he knows the name of the restricted PHP-files and puts them directly in the browser => until now this person still has access to those pages? How can I avoid this?

Even when a person has passed a succesful login -> I want to verify the time he is not active. After a period of 30 minutes inactivity, I want the session the be destroyed. I think it has to do something with cookies...

Can anyone give me some good examples or reading material about these subjects?

Thanks for any help,


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