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For reasons I can't go into right now, I'm creating a form that will allow users to change their passwords for Wordpress by entering their current password and then entering the new password.

I want to do a databse lookup to see if the password they entered was the correct one already stored in the DB. However, in WP the passwords are encrypted somehow, so doing a simple SQL comparison on this column wont work. I tried using md5() on the password for the lookup but it doesn't seem to work either.

Here's my sql: SELECT ID, user_pass FROM wp_users WHERE ID = '$current_user->ID' AND user_pass = 'md5($currentpassword)' LIMIT 1

You can ignore most of this, but what I need to know is how I can do a comparison against the user_pass column?

I've tested this method above and it results in 0 rows returned - with or without the md5()

Please help!

Much appreciated.


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Wordpress appears to have a built in function called wp_hash_password that will hash the given password and then you can compare it in the db.

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Hi, thanks for your quick response. I have tried using the above function in place of where I had the MD5() function, but still no joy. Hmm. Any further ideas? Do you have a script you know that works? Thanks again. –  Michael Giovanni Pumo Apr 6 '11 at 23:38
You cannot call wp_hash_password from MySQL. You must call it in PHP as per @Anthony's linked example. If you post full code someone might be able to help you. –  Ciaran Apr 7 '11 at 7:24
@Ciaran I am running this SQL in a PHP WordPress template. Just using a standard PHP query where I check the number of rows returned. I'm not executing this SQL on the database itself or anywhere outside of PHP / WordPress. –  Michael Giovanni Pumo Apr 7 '11 at 11:11
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