[Mailman-Users] What would your dream Mailman web interface look like?

Peter Shute pshute at nuw.org.au
Fri Apr 10 02:49:59 CEST 2015

Richard Damon wrote:

> > It would be helpful to me if it somehow allowed an iOS 
> browser to stay logged in. I haven't found one that will - 
> something to do with cookies expiring when the app is in the 
> background, I think.
> >
> > Peter Shute
> >
> My understanding is this is a basic problem about using 
> session cookies. 
> In iOS, the browser "session" can end even without "closing" 
> the browser, buy switching to another app, and the OS 
> deciding it needs the memory from the browser so it unloads 
> it, causing the cookies to disappear. Perhaps using a 
> "long-lived" login cookie, but that has other security 
> issues, and I am not positive that iOS browsers keep those 
> either (and many more people have these disabled by default).

I can stay logged in for months on some other web sites, so it can be done. I guess it's just a matter of how adopting the same methods would affect security.

What I would normally do in cases like this is save the password in the browser, but for some reason Safari and other browsers don't offer that option for mailman logins - maybe something to do with the form only asking for a password, and not a username? If getting the login to survive going into the background isn't appropriate then doing whatever it takes to make the browser realise it's a login page would be a good second best.

That said, I haven't tested how long a Safari login will survive for a while now. Maybe the latest iOS does better.

Peter Shute

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