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V-35381

The application server must ensure authentication of both client and server during the entire session.

Finding ID
SRG-APP-000219-AS-000147
Rule ID
SV-46668r3_rule
Severity
Cat II
CCE
(None)
Group Title
SRG-APP-000219-AS-000147
CCI
CCI-001184
Target Key
(None)
Documentable
No
Discussion

This control focuses on communications protection at the session, versus packet level. At the application layer, session IDs are tokens generated by web applications to uniquely identify an application user's session. Web applications utilize session tokens or session IDs in order to establish application user identity. Proper use of session IDs addresses man-in-the-middle attacks, including session hijacking or insertion of false information into a session. Application servers must provide the capability to perform mutual authentication. Mutual authentication is when both the client and the server authenticate each other.

Fix Text

Configure the application server to mutually authenticate during the entire session as required by application design and policy.

Check Content

Review the application server configuration and documentation to ensure the application server provides mutual authentication capabilities. If the application server does not provide the ability for applications to utilize mutual authentication, this is a finding.