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A cookie, also known as an HTTP cookie, web cookie, or browser cookie, is used for an origin website to send state information to a user's browser and for the browser to return the state information to the origin site. The state information can be used for authentication, identification of a user session, user's preferences, shopping cart contents, or anything else that can be accomplished through storing text data on the user's computer.

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://www.cse.msu.edu/~alexliu/publications/Cookie/cookie.pdf) which expands on the previous method Hardened Stateless Session Cookies (http://www.lightbluetouchpaper.org/2008/05/16/hardened-stateless-session … -cookies/) which also expands on the previous method. As the subject is extremely complicated I'm am only looking for answers from security experts with real world experience in creating and breaking authentication schemes. …
asked Feb 11 '13 by Joony