Recovered passwords do not update in database.

Question Description

I’m trying to learn for my Programming class and I’m stuck. Can you help?


I have this php code if the user forgets the password, he needs to enter his email to login. It successfully sends an email with a new random generated password. But when the user logins with the new password. It doesn't login. You have to use your old password. The new password does not update in the database. What is the problem here? 

<?php if(isset($_POST['submit']) && $inLoggad == false){

//storing the posted info in variables

$email = mysql_real_escape_string($_POST['email']);

$exist = mysql_fetch_array( mysql_query("SELECT * FROM anvandare WHERE email='$email' LIMIT 1") );

if($exist['email'] == $email){

//creating a new generated password for the user, if the user has forgotten

$newPwd = genPassword();

$newHashPwd = md5($newPwd);

//send the new generated password via email of the user

$message = "Hello " . $exist['anvandarnamn'] . ". Your new password is: " . $newPwd;

$mailheader = "From: HighPload";  

$mailheader .= "Reply-To:";  

$mailheader .= "Content-type: text/html; charset=iso-8859-1\r\n"; 

mail($exist['email'],  "Highpload - Your new password has arrived!", $message, $mailheader) or die($fail = true); 

//Updating the new password in the dB

if($fail != true){

mysql_query("UPDATE anvandare SET password='$newHashPwd' WHERE email='$email' ");


}else {

$showErrors = true;



elseif($inLoggad == true) {

print '<script>window.location = "index.php"</script>';




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Final Answer

The problem lies in with your database. How many layers does does your database have? i guess its user name and password, but how about the new password? Ill advise that you look on your code and specifically block of code which performs operations on the database. It seems like the old password is still retained,doesn't update as the new password is generated.

If a new password is generated_then. This is probably the command that can resolve the problem of the password being updated.

Look forward to your feedback

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