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cookie jar

1. <programming> An area of memory set aside for storing cookies. Most commonly heard in the Atari ST community; many useful ST programs record their presence by storing a distinctive magic number in the jar. Programs can inquire after the presence or otherwise of other programs by searching the contents of the jar.

2. <security> A cracker term for the password file of a multi-user computer.

[Jargon File]

(1997-02-12)


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