Management of semi-permanent interactive information interchange between two or more communicating devices, or between a computer and user

learn more… | top users | synonyms

3
votes
2answers
48 views

What measures must be taken to securely authenticate from web traffic to a WebSocket connection?

Obviously TLS is a must for any and all secure authentication. Please turn your paranoia settings up to 11 for this. Background: (In case people are unfamiliar with the WebSocket (WS) protocol and ...
1
vote
1answer
27 views

Where are the HTTPS session resumption tickets/sessionIds stored on the client?

With Session resumption in TLS/HTTPS the client stores the sessionID or the session ticket and uses it the next time it wants to communicate with the server. I am trying to find where the browser ...
3
votes
1answer
44 views

API which does not allow to invalidate session on server side - how to make it more secure?

I'm writing an app around a REST API which does not allow the server to invalidate a session - i.e. there's no endpoint like logout which will make the cookie my app is using be invalid from now on. ...
4
votes
1answer
40 views

How does LDAP keep an authenticated session

I feel like I'm missing something, because I'm not finding an answer Let's have a pretend scenario. I connect to an LDAP server I issues a BIND command and successfully log in (I think the sever ...
0
votes
1answer
31 views

How to verify SSL cerficate If restored session after session broken?

For example: User accessed to my web through SSL wih MYCERT. Suddenly hacker break this session, set proxy between user and my web . User connected again over restored session through HACKERCERT. How ...
1
vote
2answers
138 views

ASP.NET session id strength

After reading this and this, I am wondering if it is considered secure to use the default ASP.NET sessionID as a means to authenticate the user. I know it would be better to implement ASP.Identity, ...
17
votes
3answers
2k views

Why is it insecure to store the session ID in a cookie directly?

I am learning about session middleware. You have to supply a secret or the middleware complains: app.use(session({ secret: "abc", resave: false, saveUninitialized: false, store: new ...
1
vote
1answer
21 views

Safely sharing session accross sub-domains

So I have a web service that is to be split up over several sub-domains. So app1.xyz.com and app2.xyz.com. Because Safari (last time I checked) does not allow for cookies to be shared across ...
0
votes
0answers
38 views

is Form Authentication more secure than using the session authentication?

Recently I have read about the form authentication of Asp.Net but I can discern no differences in the term of security between it and the session authentication. For Example if somebody hacked my ...
0
votes
1answer
78 views

Can servers store the mac address of the computer on the server side to prevent session hijacking?

Can servers store the mac address computer on the server side to prevent session hijacking? For example, if in the server side, the servers store the mac address and the session id as a pair and ...
0
votes
1answer
57 views

Is SESSION is safe for transferring encrypted email and password in PHP

I am working on a project where I am using PHP_SESSION, Somewhere I heard that PHP_SESSION are quite unsafe for passing valuable data so I have to know what are the security flaws, how it can be ...
2
votes
1answer
161 views

Is HTML5 sessionStorage secure for temporarily storing a cryptographic key?

Assume I am building a local web application (e.g. browser extension) in HTML5 to encrypt a database locally. Access to the database is controlled by a password and a cryptographic master key is ...
3
votes
1answer
53 views

Is it safer to store valuable information on a unsecure client or send the data through the internet?

Background: I'm creating a secure web app with the purpose to act as a no-knowledge storage for small data (we're talking a few bytes). Since all the encryption and decryption happens client-side, ...
28
votes
5answers
2k views

Why do you need to close your browser window after logging out of a website?

I might be wrong, but I believe the request to close the browser window after logging out is common, though it's completely unclear what the risks might be of failing to close a browser window ...
0
votes
1answer
44 views

How to manage a custom session in a webapp?

I was reading through the OWASP Cheat Sheet and something mentioned in the "Weak Authentication and Session Management" row did not make sense to me. It is recommended in the Design Column, that ...
0
votes
1answer
41 views

Signing (HMAC) cookie identifier

Related to this other question about sharing the secret to sign the cookies, my question is more trivial: how really secure is to sign a simple cookie identifier? In example, expressjs#session ...
8
votes
2answers
917 views

How is the session ID sent securely?

I'm learning session management and I have two questions for which I could not find answers on the web. Once the user is authenticated, the server creates the Session ID and sends it to the client ...
1
vote
2answers
187 views

Storing encryption key in a cookie?

I have a website issue that I am addressing by storing an encryption key in a cookie. I want to describe my issue and my solution, and see if someone smarter about such things than I thinks this is a ...
0
votes
3answers
201 views

What is the most secure way to save user authentication: Cookies or Session Variable?

I'm developing a web application that is basically for all our employees. Right now we have 3500 employees and all of them will access this web application. All of them will use really confidential ...
2
votes
0answers
70 views

Securing a JavaScript app with RESTful backend

I went through the question Securing a JavaScript Single Page App with RESTful backend that has discussions / options around securing a Javascript client side app that invokes RESTful APIs. However, ...
0
votes
0answers
65 views

Web app crypto scheme

For learning purposes I am trying to build a web application (Symfony2, PHP) that allows users to post content and have their own password vault, everything encrypted. Since I want to users to be able ...
3
votes
1answer
65 views

At what level does session key entropy become a real-world issue?

Say we have a session key of between 0000000000-9999999999, providing 33.2bits of entropy. This is far short of the 128bits recommended by most. Of course, it is normally trivial to change session ...
2
votes
2answers
689 views

Exploiting a potential ASP.NET web app Session Fixation vulnerability

I am pen-testing an ASP.NET application that is exhibiting Session Fixation behavior. The application is using cookie based sessions. Basically: When you land on the page no Session cookie is ...
3
votes
2answers
109 views

Should a session ID ever be sent over an unencrypted connection?

I'm teaching myself a touch of the most basic information security while toying with web dev, so that I can get a better understanding of the whole picture. Let's assume my website has user accounts ...
3
votes
2answers
2k views

Session Authentication vs Token Authentication

I am trying to get a handle on some terms and mechanisms and find out how they relate to each other or how they overlap. Authenticating a theoretical web application and mobile application is the ...
2
votes
0answers
52 views

SAML Without Session

Is there a way to implement SAML-based authentication to an IdP where the client keeps the session information? The idea is that a load-balanced server farm for the SP would be able to remain ...
0
votes
0answers
444 views

session management and login php scripts

I want to to write login scripts for clients websites to make them more secure. I want to know what best practices I can implement into this. There are password protected control panels in abundance, ...
0
votes
0answers
28 views

Securing php session using extra settings [duplicate]

I have googling on securing php session and came across this link http://www.wikihow.com/Create-a-Secure-Login-Script-in-PHP-and-MySQL where they suggest to start like this as below. $session_name ...
7
votes
3answers
405 views

What is the state of the art for forcing logout on browser quit?

Background: Most browsers have implemented some form of "Session Restore" functionality as a convenience to users where, if enabled, session cookies will be persisted across browser restarts. ...
3
votes
3answers
711 views

Passing session id in query string to maintain state in third party iframe - good practice?

I would like to allow the user to be "logged in" and maintain state / logged in status between pages within an iframe. The iframe content is ours, and will be hosted on various clients' websites. ...
3
votes
1answer
466 views

Session fixation in Java

In the process of developing a vulnerable jsp/servlet based application I made an attempt to introduce the session fixation vulnerability. Referring to the documentation I came up with the following ...
3
votes
1answer
211 views

Session Management for Private Key Passphrases in a Web Application

Use Case I would like to encrypt data in a database for a Web Application. The following requirements exist: Decryption should only be possible when a user provides a passphrase Encryption should ...
3
votes
2answers
135 views

How does a browser manage secure sessions and store session keys?

I am interested in how a browser manages secure sessions. As I understand it this is the scenario when logging into a google account: 1) Browser (B) and google Server (S) perform a handshake to ...
2
votes
1answer
135 views

Is this somebody trying to exploit a vulnerability?

On our website, when an invalid PHP session ID is detected, it's logged and regenerated. This invalid session has been logged: n040jl1nujch72tkrmr0uilnl1, ...
2
votes
1answer
233 views

How secure are PHP sessions?

Should i worry about securing PHP sessions for my users? How do hackers steal the sessions? The information users of my site can view is not at all sensitive and if viewed or modified by a hacker ...
4
votes
1answer
178 views

How to store a group password for multi-user server-client web-application?

In a web application, accessed by browser via https, users need to be able to access data stored on a server in a MySQL database. Data has to be encrypted for several groups of users, where one group ...
0
votes
2answers
404 views

How session cookies work? [closed]

I want to know the basic working of session cookies. When i tried googling, most of the results came were based on any programming language. I am not good at coding. So it will be helpful if someone ...
3
votes
2answers
139 views

Could HTTPS-Attacks like CRIME be mitigated by changing the session cookie regularly?

I was just reading about CRIME which is an attack to steal sensitive information by creating requests. Could this attack be mitigated, if the Server wouldn't send the client the actual session key to ...
0
votes
1answer
133 views

Using encrypted data in session key instead of random

I am writing a service-oriented (REST) application that is (nearly) totally stateless: it can authenticate by API keys, but for web UI it uses the session where it stores nothing but an authenticated ...
7
votes
2answers
2k views

Are my session settings secure enough?

I'm developing a file hosting and sharing web application. Are the following PHP session settings secure enough? ini_set('session.cookie_httponly', 1); ini_set('session.cookie_lifetime', 0); ...
1
vote
0answers
115 views

Passing Encryption Key Across Session for Symmetrically-Encrypted DB

I'm building a database that symmetrically encrypts user data. Nothing super sensitive, I'd use a third-party if it was. The data is encrypted with a surrogate key; the user must enter a password to ...
0
votes
1answer
117 views

Setting a temporary cookie to an invalid value when logout improves security?

When a session is closed, for example, when a timeout triggers or when the user clicks the logout button, the session should be terminated at server side so the session cookie is invalid. I think ...
0
votes
3answers
344 views

Does it have sense a One-Time Session Cookie?

Recently I have faced a site that seems to implement something that we can call "one-time cookie". This cookie is used for single-sign on among different sites. In each request the server sends a ...
4
votes
3answers
189 views

Letting users pick up where they left off…without logging in (is this bad form?)

I have a Grails app I'm working on that allows users to fill out a fairly lengthy application form. One of the requirements I've been given is to NOT require users to log in or create any sort of ...
8
votes
1answer
963 views

Understanding Session Fixation Vulnerability

What I've Read I'm read the following resources on session fixation, but I'm still having difficulty understanding some aspects of this kind of vulnerability: Ruby on Rails Security Guide § ...
3
votes
1answer
704 views

HeartBleed - how do I invalidate all session cookies?

As part of the Heartbleed event, I have upgraded OpenSSL, reissued and replaced certificates and revoked the old ones and changed passwords however, I am also seeing advice to invalidate all session ...
1
vote
0answers
1k views

Do I keep my PHP simple auth session secure enough?

I'm experimenting with security, cryptography and web applications. My aim is to create simple login system that is realy secure enough. I'd like to share my approach to keep authenticated session ...
0
votes
1answer
386 views

Which approach to encrypting data on a per-user basis is more secure?

As a bit of a thought experiment, I've been thinking through how one might design a web application where a user's data (say, from a form on a webpage) is stored, encrypted, on the server, using a ...
1
vote
1answer
426 views

Increasing tomcat session id increases security

Tomcat gives a configuration sessionIdLength to be configurable, but does increasing the session id increases its security or its just security through obscurity
1
vote
2answers
426 views

Is it safe to use Diffie-Hellman public keys as nonces to protect against replay attacks?

I have an interesting case regarding protection against replay attacks. Under the assumption that Alice and Bob have used Diffie-Hellman key exchange to establish a secure temporary session, would it ...