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Is the code below enough to secure a login area?

<?php

if ($_SESSION['logged_in']) {
    // show content for logged-in users
}

Note: $_SESSION['logged_in'] is just a boolean value true after validating username/pass.

Assuming you have these bases covered:

  • SSL
  • strong passwords
  • session id regeneration
  • http only
  • session fingerprint

What other ways can an attacker defeat a simple if ($_SESSION['logged_in']) flag?

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if ($_SESSION['logged_in'])

This can be secure. There is no straightforward way for an attacker to modify $_SESSION or the variables within. The only way it becomes true is when your web application sets it to true.

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