FIX – Customer cannot login to magento 1.8.1

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Following an upgrade to magento 1.8.1 on our development servers , we noticed that customers are unable to login to their account.

The issue is raising because the custom login form does not contain any form_key and there is a form key validation happening in loginPostAction of magento.

Here is the solution:

1 – Go to template/customer/form/login.phtml and template/persistent/customer/form/login.phtml and under

<ul class="form-list">

add the following code in the login form

 <input type="hidden" name="form_key" value="<?php echo Mage::getSingleton('core/session')->getFormKey(); ?>" />

If you are using the login form in different templates then you use add the form_key to the other parts as well.

I hope this helps.


– We are aware that this issue also exists while updating the qty of cart items, the same solution applies there.

– Previously there was two methods in this blog to fix the problem but editing core files goes against Magento development standards hence that has now been removed.

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