AS24-U1-000870 - Cookies exchanged between the Apache web server and the client, such as session cookies, must have cookie properties set to prohibit client-side scripts from reading the cookie data - Session


A cookie can be read by client-side scripts easily if cookie properties are not set properly. By allowing cookies to be read by the client-side scripts, information such as session identifiers could be compromised and used by an attacker who intercepts the cookie. Setting cookie properties (i.e., HttpOnly property) to disallow client-side scripts from reading cookies better protects the information inside the cookie.

Satisfies: SRG-APP-000439-WSR-000154, SRG-APP-000439-WSR-000155


Determine the location of the 'HTTPD_ROOT' directory and the 'httpd.conf' file:

# apachectl -V | egrep -i 'httpd_root|server_config_file'
-D HTTPD_ROOT='/etc/httpd'
-D SERVER_CONFIG_FILE='conf/httpd.conf'

NOTE: SSL directives may also be located in /etc/httpd/conf.d/ssl.conf.

Set 'Session' to 'on'.

Ensure the 'SessionCookieName' directive includes 'httpOnly' and 'secure'.

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References: 800-53|SC-8, CAT|II, CCI|CCI-002418, Rule-ID|SV-214268r881461_rule, STIG-ID|AS24-U1-000870, STIG-Legacy|SV-102829, STIG-Legacy|V-92741, Vuln-ID|V-214268

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