php cookie security

Posted on 2011-05-04
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Last Modified: 2012-05-11
Dear Experts,

I'm having a cookie like this to show a banner only once to the user everyday.
should I use a function like htmlspecialchars for security reasons?
thank you

        $_COOKIE['countsss'] = 0;
$countsss = $_COOKIE['countsss'] + 1;
setcookie('countsss',$countsss,time()+60*60*24); //24 hours
Question by:Braveheartli
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by:Greg Alexander
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I would cleanse everything with mysql_real_escape_string(), you should be good
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Ray Paseur earned 1200 total points
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Here is an example showing how to do it.  You can vary the time between splash pages.

I see nothing wrong with what you have there, but that is not to say that the other code that actually uses the cookie is correct.  If you want to post that part, perhaps we can take a look.  I can think of no reason to use htmlspecialchars().
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by:Aaron Tomosky
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If you are usin a number in a cookie it's always best to check is_numeric()
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by:Mohamed Abowarda
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Since you are not using database, you don't need to strip html tags.

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thank you

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