Classic ASP ASPSessionID cookie HTTPOnly

A

Andrew

Hi,

We have a classic ASP (not .Net) application that has been audited for
security by a third party company. They recommend that we set the
ASPSESSIONID Cookie, ie the one that is autogenerated for sessions, to use
the HTTPOnly attribute.

I can set this for cookies I explicitly create but cannot find any way in
classic ASP to set this for the automatically generated one.

Could someone please advise if this is possible so I can go back with a
definitive answer?

BR

Andrew
 
B

Bob Barrows

Andrew said:
Hi,

We have a classic ASP (not .Net) application that has been audited for
security by a third party company. They recommend that we set the
ASPSESSIONID Cookie, ie the one that is autogenerated for sessions,
to use the HTTPOnly attribute.

I can set this for cookies I explicitly create but cannot find any
way in classic ASP to set this for the automatically generated one.

Could someone please advise if this is possible so I can go back with
a definitive answer?
I don't know the answer, sorry (I never use cookies and have never had to
worry about this attribute). If you get no replies here, you should try the
..inetserver.iis group.
 
B

Bob Barrows

Andrew said:
Hi,

We have a classic ASP (not .Net) application that has been audited for
security by a third party company. They recommend that we set the
ASPSESSIONID Cookie, ie the one that is autogenerated for sessions,
to use the HTTPOnly attribute.

I can set this for cookies I explicitly create but cannot find any
way in classic ASP to set this for the automatically generated one.

Could someone please advise if this is possible so I can go back with
a definitive answer?
I've done some googling and this seems relevant:
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/...you-configure-httponly-cookies-in-asp-classic

Note: "HttpOnly does very little to improve the security of web
applications. For one thing, it only works in IE (Firefox "supports" it, but
still discloses cookies to Javascript in some situations). For another
thing, it only prevents a "drive-by" attack against your application; it
does nothing to keep a cross-site scripting attack from resetting passwords,
changing email addresses, or placing orders."
 
D

Dan

Andrew said:
Hi,

We have a classic ASP (not .Net) application that has been audited for
security by a third party company. They recommend that we set the
ASPSESSIONID Cookie, ie the one that is autogenerated for sessions, to use
the HTTPOnly attribute.

I can set this for cookies I explicitly create but cannot find any way in
classic ASP to set this for the automatically generated one.

Could someone please advise if this is possible so I can go back with a
definitive answer?

BR

Andrew


I don't think this is possible - .NET 2.0 automatically adds the HTTPOnly
flag to automatically generated cookies (session ID and forms
authentication) for ASP.NET applications, but classic ASP and .NET 1.1 do
not. I guess it might be possible to parse the cookies sent by the browser
on a subsequent request and rebuild the ASPSESSIONIDxxx cookie manually,
adding the HTTPOnly flag, but I don't know whether it will work. If client
code really wants to read or change that cookie then it can just use an AJAX
call to do so anyway, so I wouldn't lose any sleep over it.
 
A

Andrew

Bob Barrows said:
I've done some googling and this seems relevant:
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/...you-configure-httponly-cookies-in-asp-classic

Note: "HttpOnly does very little to improve the security of web
applications. For one thing, it only works in IE (Firefox "supports" it, but
still discloses cookies to Javascript in some situations). For another
thing, it only prevents a "drive-by" attack against your application; it
does nothing to keep a cross-site scripting attack from resetting passwords,
changing email addresses, or placing orders."

--
Microsoft MVP - ASP/ASP.NET - 2004-2007
Please reply to the newsgroup. This email account is my spam trap so I
don't check it very often. If you must reply off-line, then remove the
"NO SPAM"


.

Thanks very much to everyone for their responses to this post. It has been
helpful in allowing me to go back with a definitive answer to the client.

I suspect I need to apologise to the group also, I did not see my posting
appear initially so thinking I had done something wrong I reposted it,
inadvertent spam I assure you.

BR

Andrew
 

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