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script logging me in even though database user activation value isn't equal to "yes"

Black Sulfur
Black Sulfur asked
Last Modified: 2017-03-17
This code should only let a user log in if they have activated their account. So, when someone registers the default for the database column is "no". Once they activate it will update to "yes".

$stmt = $link->prepare("SELECT `user_name`, `user_email`, `safe_id`, `access_level`, `user_pass`, `active` FROM `users` WHERE `user_email` = ?");
		$stmt->bind_param("s", $_POST['email']);
		$result = $stmt->get_result();
		$numRows = $result->num_rows;
		if($numRows > 0) {
			$_SESSION['user_details'] = $result->fetch_object();
			$db_pass = $_SESSION['user_details']->user_pass;
			if(password_verify(trim($_POST['password']), $db_pass) && ($_SESSION['user_details']->active == "yes")) {
// do some other stuff here
} else {
			echo error_message("Your account has not yet been activated");

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With this code, when they user tries to login, it shows the error message. If I try again it takes me to the dashboard or if I just press enter in the address bar again it takes me to the dashboard which I can't seem to figure out why.
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Author of the Year 2014

Any chance you have a cookie in play?  The PHP session uses a cookie.  Maybe you have multiple windows or multiple tabs open at the same time?  You might want to add a page footer containing var_dump($_SESSION, $_COOKIE);

Can you print and check session and post values?

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Most Valuable Expert 2011
Author of the Year 2014

See also:


https://www.experts-exchange.com/articles/11909/PHP-Sessions-Simpler-Than-You-May-Think.html  * The Fine Print

If you read those articles and understand them, and that's still not an adequate explanation, please post back and show us the var_dump() data requested above.


I solved the mystery. I had some code that I put on the login page which was meant to check if the user was already logged in. If they were logged in then instead of seeing the login page it should have taken them to their dashboard. I removed that code and now it works as expected. I will just have to relook at this code and figure out how to fix it.

function already_loggedin() {
	if(isset($_SESSION['user_details']->safe_id) || isset($_COOKIE['r_token'])) {
		header("location: dashboard.php");
} // end check if user already logged in.

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I don't really get this though because even with an incorrect password it was taking me to the dashboard page. This session would only be set if the password was correct


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