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V-214303

Cookies exchanged between the Apache web server and the client, such as session cookies, must have cookie properties set to force the encryption of cookies.

Finding ID
AS24-U2-000890
Rule ID
SV-214303r612241_rule
Severity
Cat II
CCE
(None)
Group Title
SRG-APP-000439-WSR-000155
CCI
CCI-002418
Target Key
(None)
Documentable
No
Discussion

Cookies can be sent to a client using TLS/SSL to encrypt the cookies, but TLS/SSL is not used by every hosted application since the data being displayed does not require the encryption of the transmission. To safeguard against cookies, especially session cookies, being sent in plaintext, a cookie can be encrypted before transmission. To force a cookie to be encrypted before transmission, the cookie "Secure" property can be set.

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" Set "Session" to "on". Ensure the "SessionCookieName" directive includes "httpOnly" and "secure".

Check Content

In a command line, run "httpd -M | grep -i session_cookie_module". If "session_cookie_module" is not listed, this is a finding. 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" Search for the "Session" and "SessionCookieName" directives: # cat /<path_to_file>/httpd.conf | grep -i "Session" # cat /<path_to_file>/httpd.conf | grep -i "SessionCookieName" If "Session" is not "on" and "SessionCookieName" does not contain "httpOnly" and "secure", this is a finding.