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From Jean-Christophe Kermagoret <>
Subject Re: Authentication using query-string data; etc.
Date Sat, 20 Dec 2003 06:41:16 GMT
Mark Lundquist wrote:

> OK, I'm sure that what I need to do has been done many times before... 
> :-)
> I'll describe what it is and how I mean to accomplish it. I'd 
> appreciate any feedback! :-)
> THE PROBLEM: The pages of a web app are protected with the 
> /auth-protect/ action in the usual way. If they are not logged in, 
> they are redirected to a login page. However... the user may also 
> reach the site from a link on a foreign page, which embeds their 
> authentication information in the URL, e.g:
> http://dom.ain/home?/id:password/
> I want this request to log the user in and serve up the homepage.
> THE SOLUTION (I think :-): In the pipeline that serves the login page, 
> use <map:act type="auth-login">, but invoke the handler with id and 
> password extracted from the query string. If the action succeeds, 
> redirect to the original page. If the action fails, then serve up the 
> login page.
> Is this the way it's usually done?
> If so... how do I access the query-string from my sitemap? Do I use an 
> Input Module? I read the Modules documentation from the Cocoon 2.1 
> userdocs, but I was not able to understand it :-(.
> Also... is there a way to access cookies from within the sitemap?
> Thanks for any help with my noob questions :-)
> Mark Lundquist
Hello Mark,
just use {request-param:login} and {request-param:passwd} to access 
parameters of your query.



Jean-Christophe Kermagoret

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