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V-214253

The Apache web server must generate a session ID using as much of the character set as possible to reduce the risk of brute force.

Finding ID
AS24-U1-000520
Rule ID
SV-214253r612240_rule
Severity
Cat I
CCE
(None)
Group Title
SRG-APP-000224-WSR-000138
CCI
CCI-001664
Target Key
(None)
Documentable
No
Discussion

Generating a session identifier (ID) that is not easily guessed through brute force is essential to deter several types of session attacks. By knowing the session ID, an attacker can hijack a user session that has already been user-authenticated by the hosted application. The attacker does not need to guess user identifiers and passwords or have a secure token since the user session has already been authenticated. By generating session IDs that contain as much of the character set as possible, i.e., A-Z, a-z, and 0-9, the session ID becomes exponentially harder to guess. Satisfies: SRG-APP-000223-WSR-000145, SRG-APP-000224-WSR-000135, SRG-APP-000224-WSR-000136, SRG-APP-000224-WSR-000138

Fix Text

Determine the location of the "HTTPD_ROOT" directory and the "httpd.conf" file: # httpd -V | egrep -i 'httpd_root|server_config_file' -D HTTPD_ROOT="/etc/httpd" -D SERVER_CONFIG_FILE="conf/httpd.conf" Load the "unique_id_module". Example: LoadModule unique_id_module modules/mod_unique_id.so Restart Apache: apachectl restart

Check Content

Determine the location of the "HTTPD_ROOT" directory and the "httpd.conf" file: # httpd -V | egrep -i 'httpd_root|server_config_file' -D HTTPD_ROOT="/etc/httpd" -D SERVER_CONFIG_FILE="conf/httpd.conf" Verify the "unique_id_module" is loaded: run httpd -M | grep unique_id If no unique_id is returned, open finding.