Some light security on a voting web site


#1

I’m creating a site where a profile can be voted on by guest users.

I want to prevent basic fraud by disallowing multiple votes for the
same profile in one session.

I was thinking about using a session array and checking for the
profile ID in the session array.

So far, it’s not working correctly and I’m not even sure if this is
the best approach.

Any ideas?

I’m open to new ideas, or at least debugging on my code:

unless session[:voted_user_ids]
  session[:voted_user_ids] = Array.new
end

unless session[:voted_user_ids].include? params[:voted_user_id]
@vote = Vote.create(…)
session[:voted_user_ids].push params[:vosted_user_id]
end

Thanks,
Andy


#2

You could take a look at http://blog.peteonrails.com/vote-fu/


#3

On Mar 31, 2009, at 11:03 AM, Andy wrote:

the best approach.
@vote = Vote.create(…)
session[:voted_user_ids].push params[:vosted_user_id]
end

If that’s your exact code, it’s not working cause you have
“vosted_user_id” (see that extra ‘s’) in one of your lines…

Also you can replace your first three lines with:

session[:voted_user_ids] ||= []

-philip