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

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What typically is the expiration date of a session cookie?

I need to create a session cookie using JavaScript (for more info see question). I'm wondering what should the expiry date be? I'm guessing it's the browsing session, so if I don't set an expiration ...
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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 ...
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Secure login system - using sessions?

I'm looking for a secure way to let users login on my website. Currently, I've always used a session system, like this: <?php session_start(); if (validPass() || isset($_SESSION['userId'])) { ...
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Attack vectors in POSTing variables from one php script to the next?

I have an application which is structured in the following way for its signup page. After this signup, the user is directly granted access into the system - there is no email verification (as ...
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Windows Authentication and Session Ids

After a penetration test made upon an intranet application I'm developing, in ASP.NET MVC, one of the concerns raised was that the application supports concurrent user sessions and it is recommended ...
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Session fixation attack

Given the following conditions, Session ID does not change upon login Session ID travels in form of HTTP cookie There is no cross site scripting/redirection vulnerability on the login page is it ...
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Two generals' agreement

I am trying to figure an agreement protocol on an unreliable channel. Basically two parties (A and B) have to agree to do something, so it's the two generals' problem. Since there is no bullet-proof ...
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Securely store session data in cookies

I'm trying to create a stateless application server architecture and I would like to store session data in cookies. All pages using the session would be served over HTTPS. I was planning on using ...
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Does the ability for a user to choose the value of a session id cookie constitute a security flaw?

In the context of a web application, a user connects to this application and a session id cookie is set to authenticate the user for next requests. As the cookie is actually present before submitting ...
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Any real world examples of GPS location data being used with authentication?

Are there any examples of how GPS coordinate (or any location data really) can be used to detect suspicious locations or validate well known locations? Specifically Highlighting new or unusual ...
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Deciding whether user has left the site without logging out or has simply left the site open for notifications without actually doing any work?

I am developing my site using server side sessions using redis as backend for saving the session. Now the issue which is bothering me is of user leaving the website without logging out. I mean user ...
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What factors increase the probability of duplicating a GUID?

It's been argued that a GUID doesn't do a good job of being a one time security token , and it makes sense because GUIDs aren't random. In my scenario: suppose a given company is using GUIDs as a ...
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How long should a session absolute timeout be?

OWASP Session Management Cheat Sheet (https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Session_Management_Cheat_Sheet) recommends to implement an absolute session timeout (in addition to idle session timeout). It ...
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Security of rails user access/permissions plugins

I was wondering if anyone knows what the most secure user access plugin for Rails is, and if any of them prevent session fixation?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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What type of information should be shown to an end user for a logon session summary?

Google, Yahoo, Facebook and several banks have a session summary screen that lists a variety of information, but they aren't consistent in what is offered to the end user. e.g. Facebook offers a ...
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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 ...
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Can a session be hijacked if the user is redirected from HTTPS to HTTP after login?

I am developing a web app, which makes HTTP calls as long as the user is not logged in. Once the user clicks the login button, he is sent to a "login page" that is HTTPS. The login makes an Ajax call ...
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Is my current method of handling session cookies insecure?

I'm writing a multi-tenant application where accounts are scoped by subdomains. This adds considerable complexity and I'm starting to worry about security. Each user can have several accounts. For ...
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Altering a $_SESSION variable in PHP via XSS?

Not sure if what I'm saying makes sense... but is it possible for me to alter a $_SESSION variable from outside the target PHP script? One of our scripts uses a $_SESSION variable and I'm not sure if ...
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How long should a browser session last?

I have two online accounts from different banks, one bank expires my session faster than the other, it's quite annoying. I was wondering how long (or short) should a session be for it to be ...
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Can I safely use an encrypted URL parameter for the session id?

I'm planning to send a user's session ID as a URL parameter which will be AES encrypted. I don't think my app has any link sharing problems. Is this idea feasible? Is it safe?
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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 ...
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Securing opensource web application

I have an open source website. I need to add an admin section to the website which is accessible to only one person. To make it secure, I was thinking about providing a login page which checks if the ...
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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 ...
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Requirements for a secure session id?

I'm writing a web service which stores data which will be shared between two separate systems. /session/requestNewSession?args=<data> => returns session id ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Session Token Embedded in Form

I have a session token that's stored in a browser cookie client side. The cookie is already available for scripting and it's used to validate XHR through Javascript. For a particular page I'm using ...
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Are there modules to harden Symfony 2 sessions?

We're looking at building a new app on top of Symfony 2, but security is our top priority. After digging around a bit, it seems that there are a number of built-in options for Session management (eg ...
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SSL session ID in TLS ticket based resumption

We have a server which supports TLS ticket based stateless session resumption. However, when I connect to the server using openssl s_client, I still see a session ID being generated along with the TLS ...
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Session Identification Hashing - How to make it more Secure and Robust

I wrote a PHP class which handles Session and store them in DB instead of normal Files in the server, you can find it on My Session Handler Class In that post a user by name @AnotherGuy has raised ...
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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. ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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safe methods of generating session keys

So I have this web app where I'm supposed to generate my own session key to use in the session manager. I just have few questions about safe approaches to this. I believe to make this safe it should ...
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When logging out of a website is anything else required then destroying the session?

In PHP, I'm not sure if I should start the session before destroying it when a user wants to log out. session_start(); session_destroy(); Is there anything else that needs to be done? EDIT: I ...
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How attacker can access victim's account without knowing its credentials?

I want to login facebook from a wifi connection and check sign-in page is over https but later when i don't pay attention to address bar (for example when playing games and click on links like a crazy ...
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Stopping Session Hijacking

If you noticed, I put "stopping" instead "preventing" in the title because I want my PHP application to be as secure as possible. I am wondering if anyone has any better ways to prevent session ...
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How to secure MySQL based web session data table?

I have the following MySQL session schema: CREATE TABLE `SessionData` ( `id` varchar(50) COLLATE utf8_unicode_ci NOT NULL, `data` text COLLATE utf8_unicode_ci, `date` datetime DEFAULT NULL, ...
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Why does OWASP recommend “Disable Web Browser Cross-Tab Sessions”

I have been looking through the OWASP session management cheat sheet and I don't understand the reasoning behind the suggestion to "Disable Web Browser Cross-Tab Sessions". How does using the same ...
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How can storing a userId as client-side-sessions be safe?

The documentation for session handling in ninjaFramework states: [...] Ninja uses so called client-side sessions. The cookie itself stores the information you want to attach to that session. ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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Can sessions be handled securely with cookies disabled?

I've been doing some reading here about session ID handling, and have learned that it's generally a bad idea to include a session ID in the HTML source code, and/or on the query string. For example Is ...
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OpenID Session Fixation with CSRF

This answer describes a situation where CSRF can be used to trick an end user to enter a credit card into another person's Paypal account. It also highlights the fact that state-changing GET requests ...