Could anyone be kind and explain what is the good practice for setting cookies in Magento with:

Mage::getModel(‘core/cookie’)->set($name, $value, $period, $path, $domain, $secure,$httponly);

I am especially interested what the $secure and $httponly do.


Magento uses the default php setcookie function.

secure - Indicates that the cookie should only be transmitted over a secure HTTPS connection from the client. When set to TRUE, the cookie will only be set if a secure connection exists. On the server-side, it's on the programmer to send this kind of cookie only on secure connection (e.g. with respect to $_SERVER["HTTPS"]).

httponly - When TRUE the cookie will be made accessible only through the HTTP protocol. This means that the cookie won't be accessible by scripting languages, such as JavaScript. It has been suggested that this setting can effectively help to reduce identity theft through XSS attacks (although it is not supported by all browsers), but that claim is often disputed. Added in PHP 5.2.0. TRUE or FALSE

See /app/code/core/Mage/Core/Model/Cookie.php

public function set($name, $value, $period = null, $path = null, $domain = null, $secure = null, $httponly = null)

    setcookie($name, $value, $expire, $path, $domain, $secure, $httponly);

    return $this;

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