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  • How to change password (Web app)

    Hi everyone,

    This one has stumped me. I want to have a dialog that allows the user to
    change his password for a web application. It requires to enter his/her current password the type in the new password and then type in the confirmation of
    the new password.

    I have 5 fields on the form: userid, old_password, password, confirm_password
    and groups.

    I now need to be able to check the current password with the one on file (the one save using the a5ws_save_user_values function. How can I obtain the current password in plain text ?

    Then, should I use the a5ws_save_user_values once more to *UPDATE* the
    password of the user or is there any other function to do this ?

    Thanks in advance

    Steven

  • #2
    Re: How to change password (Web app)

    You don't need to do this, in the web security options there already is an option to allow users to change their password on the login screen.

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    • #3
      Re: How to change password (Web app)

      If you are using the password encryption option, there is no method to obtain or see passwords in clear text. The main point of encryption is to prevent anyone from obtaining the actual password. With password recovery options, a registered user can only get their own password by the recovery option selected if they can be authenticated.

      The login component has a secure built in process to change passwords using the method you describe, if the option to allow password change is selected as suggested.

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      • #4
        Re: How to change password (Web app)

        How does Alpha handle users adding themselves from scratch. Say from a registration page. Many want to have this non manual approach to adding new users without an admin doing all the work. All websites these days support this including this forum. The security level can default to some thing safe and be increased when user pays $ for example.
        Originally posted by JerryBrightbill View Post
        If you are using the password encryption option, there is no method to obtain or see passwords in clear text. The main point of encryption is to prevent anyone from obtaining the actual password. With password recovery options, a registered user can only get their own password by the recovery option selected if they can be authenticated.

        The login component has a secure built in process to change passwords using the method you describe, if the option to allow password change is selected as suggested.
        Logical Design
        Keven Thibeault
        Boston, Massachusetts
        Dwell in possibility

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        • #5
          Re: How to change password (Web app)

          Kevin,

          Everything you need to perform self-registration is built in to the framework. I approach it with the following steps:
          1. The visitor registers online
          2. I store registration information in the local users table flagged as PENDING. I also temporarily store their security information in a related table, encrypted.
          3. I send an encrypted link to the user which they have to click in order to complete the registration process. The link is only good for X number of days.
          4. When they click that link, I add them to security framework, toggle their local user record to ACTIVE and delete the child record with security information.
          5. I send a confirmation email to the user. If the admin wants, they get a bcc of the confirmation email.
          6. If they don't register in X days, I purge their user records.
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          • #6
            Re: How to change password (Web app)

            Thanks Steve - this is exactly what we had in mind.
            Logical Design
            Keven Thibeault
            Boston, Massachusetts
            Dwell in possibility

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