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HTTP State Management Using "Cookies"
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Issues with Cookies
Cookies sound like a great idea,
right? Well they areand they arent. On the positive side,
cookies are absolutely essential for many of the applications that make
the Web the powerhouse it is today, the examples of online shopping
and discussion forums being only two of many. Most of the time, cookies
are used for these sorts of useful and benign purposes. Unfortunately,
like every good idea, there are those who have found a way to turn cookies
to the dark side by finding ways to abuse them. There can
even be potential problems with them when there is no nefarious intent.
For this reason, cookies are rather controversial.
Some of the issues with cookies:
- Transmission of Sensitive Information:
Suppose you use an online banking system. You log in to the server,
which then stores your login and password (which controls access to
your account) in a cookie. If the application is not implemented carefully,
the message containing that cookie could be intercepted, giving someone
access to your account. Even if it is not, someone knowledgeable who
gained access to your computer could retrieve the information from the
file where cookies are stored.
cookies should be a help to the user, not a hindrance. However, any
server can set a cookie for any reason. In some cases, a server could
set a cookie for the purpose of tracking the sites that a user visits,
which some people consider a violation of their privacy. Since some
Web browsers do not inform the user when a cookie is being set, they
may not even be aware that this is happening.
- Third-Party or Unintentional Cookies:
While most people think of cookies as being set in the context of a
resource they specifically request, a cookie may be set by any
server to which a request is sent, whether the user realizes it or not.
Suppose you send a request to http://www.myfavoritesite.com/index.htm
and that page contains a reference to a tiny image that is on the server
http://www.bigbrotherishere.com. The second site can set
a cookie on your machine even though you never intended to visit it
at all. This is called a third-party cookie.
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