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Timothy Stone
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Joined: Aug 01, 2001
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I'm playing with a servlet that is "protected" behind a BASIC authentication response.
The number of attempts are next to limitless, unless I set up an "attempts counter." Making it a private field is not an option as it crosses users, sessions, etc.
Putting the counter on the session seems the way to go. Anybody consider this a bad practice, best practice? And is the overhead of getting and setting the object on the session high?

Timothy Stone, MIT, SCJP
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Mike Curwen
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Joined: Feb 20, 2001
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disclaimer: I'm thinking out loud.

The 'thing' that does the authentication is the Tomcat container. So you'd need to keep track of login attempts through BASIC auth through there, right?

Also.. is there such a thing as a Session before a user logs in? I know there is jsessionid when browsers don't have cookies. But BASIC auth happens (or should?) before this point. Or does it?

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