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I am writing a page that a user would be able to view their password in plain text (actually, this is for the site administrator), instead of in the MD5 encryption.  I am able to CREATE the password and encrypt it, but in this field, (and the subsequent query) I want it viewable.
if (isset($_POST['Submit'])){
 
//$year = $_POST['idx'];
 
 
$idx = $_POST['idx'];	
 
    $pass = $_POST["password"];
    $password = md5($pass);
	
$username = $_POST['username'];
$validated = $_POST['validated'];
$firstname = $_POST['firstname'];
$lastname = $_POST['lastname'];
$address = $_POST['address'];
$city = $_POST['city'];
$state = $_POST['state'];
$zip = $_POST['zip'];
$phone = $_POST['phone'];
$email = $_POST['email'];
$billing = $_POST['billing'];
 
 
$username = mysql_real_escape_string($username);
$password = mysql_real_escape_string($password);
$validated = mysql_real_escape_string($validated);
$firstname = mysql_real_escape_string($firstname);
$lastname = mysql_real_escape_string($lastname);
$address = mysql_real_escape_string($address);
$city = mysql_real_escape_string($city);
$state = mysql_real_escape_string($state);
$zip = mysql_real_escape_string($zip);
$phone = mysql_real_escape_string($phone);
$email = mysql_real_escape_string($email);
$billing = mysql_real_escape_string($billing);
 
 
 
$update_user = "UPDATE `user` SET
         `username` = '$username',
         `password` = '$password',		 
         `validated` = '$validated',
         `firstname` = '$firstname',
	     `lastname` = '$lastname',
	     `address` = '$address',
		 `city` = '$city',
		 `state` = '$state',
		 `zip` = '$zip',
		 `phone` = '$phone',
		 `email` = '$email',
	     `billing` = '$billing' WHERE `idx` ='$idx'";
         echo "<br><br>";
		 
 
 
         mysql_query($update_user) or die("Problem with this query");
 
 
////////////////////////////HERE IS THE ACTUAL FORM/////////////
 
			echo "<tr bgcolor=\"#DCDCDC\" align=\"left\"><td><b>Username:</b></td> ";
			echo "<td><input name=\"username\" type=\"text\" value=\"".$row['username']."\"  size='25' maxlength='60'  /></td></tr>";
			
			echo "<tr bgcolor=\"#DCDCDC\" align=\"left\"><td><b>Password:</b></td> ";
			echo "<td><input name=\"password\" type=\"text\" value=\"".$row['password']."\"  size='25' maxlength='60'  /></td></tr>";
 
			echo "<tr bgcolor=\"#DCDCDC\" align=\"left\"><td><b>Validated:</b></td> ";
			echo "<td><input name=\"validated\" type=\"text\" value=\"".$row['validated']."\"  size='25' maxlength='60'  /></td></tr>";

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by:gamebits
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MD5 is a one encryption method if you want to see it in plain text you will have to save it in plain text (or use another encryption method who is reversible).
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Correction

MD5 is a one way encryption ...
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by:kukno
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MD5 is not an encryption algorithm, but a hash algorithm, which is NOT reversible. So, if you want to view the password in plain text, either store it in plain text, or use a symmetric encryption algorithm like 3DES, RC4 or AES.

Have a look at these tutorials:

http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/opensource/library/os-php-encrypt/
http://www.onlamp.com/pub/a/php/2001/07/26/encrypt.html

and also this:

www.php.net/mcrypt

Regards
Kurt


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by:tru504187211
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Thanks guys!
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