I try to implement in my Node.js app a way to verify if the user cookie is valid. I've found some post in internet who explain me very well the things, but as i try to implement it, with the WordPress-auth module for Node.js, I've found that it's not working.

After some search, I've found from WordPress 4.0 for some reason :

  • Now, if the logged_in cookie name is still hashed with MD5, hashed salted password is now sha256 (or sha1 if impossible) encrypted, considering this part of code in WordPress function wp_generate_auth_cookie() :

    // If ext/hash is not present, compat.php's hash_hmac() does not support sha256.
    $algo = function_exists( 'hash' ) ? 'sha256' : 'sha1';
    $hash = hash_hmac( $algo, $user->user_login . '|' . $expiration . '|' . $token, $key );
  • I'm not sure but as i found in the code, since WordPress 4.0, the logged in salt isn't used anymore, but there is usage of token defined in WP_Session_Tokens, as below :

    $manager = WP_Session_Tokens::get_instance( $user_id );
    $token   = $manager->create( $expiration );

So i want to know : is there a way from wordpress 4.0 to verify logged_in cookie ?

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Ok i've found the solution.

In fact, as i haven't noticed, there is always the hashed mdp, but for now, the logged_in cookie is structured like this :


instead of :


This is like this since wordpress 4.0, and the wp_session_cookie integration, the auth method is the same that before but there is just 2 change :

  • the sessionid is introduced in the cookie and the key calculation
  • the logged_in cookie encryption is sha256 or if not possible sha1

So there is a scheme of the encryption process

KEY = md5_HMAC(%login%|%caracter 8-12 of the passhached in database%|%timeout%|%sessionId% , LOGGED_IN_KEY.LOGGED_IN_SALT);

RESULT = sha256_HMAC(%login%|%timeout%|%sessionId% , KEY);
// RESULT = sha1_HMAC(%login%|%timeout%|%sessionId% , KEY); only if sha256 is not supported

And for now, to approve a connexion, the logged_in_cookie's pass hached need to be same as RESULT

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