function wp_authenticate_cookie($user, $username, $password) {}

Authenticate the user using the WordPress auth cookie.


  • $user
  • $username
  • $password

Source code

function wp_authenticate_cookie($user, $username, $password) {

	if ( is_a($user, 'WP_User') ) { return $user; }

	if ( empty($username) && empty($password) ) {

		$user_id = wp_validate_auth_cookie();

		if ( $user_id )

			return new WP_User($user_id);

		global $auth_secure_cookie;

		if ( $auth_secure_cookie )

			$auth_cookie = SECURE_AUTH_COOKIE;


			$auth_cookie = AUTH_COOKIE;

		if ( !empty($_COOKIE[$auth_cookie]) )

			return new WP_Error('expired_session', __('Please log in again.'));

		// If the cookie is not set, be silent.


	return $user;



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